NVIDIA GTX460 review - two flavors?
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 12 Jul 2010
Another important day seems to be rising on VGA market horizon - GTX460 launch day. We gotta say that this overall crysis thing that's been happening all over the world has left us wondering what's gonna happen with IT. But, strangely enough - it's been quite awhile since we've been this busy with testing VGA's so you can again expect a series of articles coming out of our labs in the following days. But for the time being, let's focus on GTX460, related technology and performance and try to gather as many conclusions from testing it as we possibly can.
Designed from its big brother GTX480 Fermi architecutre, this card is a shrink-down version as we've always expected for the midrange product - coming from 480 to 336 CUDA cores, from 15 to 7 Polymorph Engines, from 60 to 56 Texture Units and 6+6-pin power connectors. The power envelope is also down - to 160W (from 250W). All of these numbers seem really decent but we need to put this product through its paces to see what we're dealing with here. Thanks to our good old friends from NVIDIA, we managed to get GTX460's two flavors for testing - both 768MB version and 1GB version.
From the start, we expected that the performance of this card should overall be some 50% faster then GTX260, the previous midrange product in the last NV generation of cards. Also, as we will try to show you in the next couple of days, this product seems to be a good shopping value for basic 3D gaming if you have NVIDIA 3d Vision glasses and a 3D display. What can we say, FarCry 2 looks pretty damn good at 19x10, 4xAA/16xAF in 3D mode. This is quite a speed bump from the previous generation, where a game like FC2 was more of a 16x10 type of thing for 3D so - it seems that we're talking about a nicely balanced product here. NVIDIA compares it directly with HD5830 in terms of performance and - noise. Also, both of these products are offered at very competitive price points - $199 for the 768MB version and $229 for the 1GB version.