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New Palit GTX460 Sonic Uses 2GB GDDR5

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 56 comments

Palit will release a factory-overclocked GTX 460 card with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

Wednesday Palit Microsystems Ltd. introduced the GTX460 Sonic 2GB, its latest entry in the GTX 460 series. As the name implies, the card provides 2GB of GDDR5 high speed memory clocked at 3.6 GHz on a 256-bit memory bandwidth. The card also has a factory-overclocked core speed of 700 MHz--25 MHz higher than the reference speed.

When compared with the previous-generation GeForce GTX285 2GB, Palit's GTX460 Sonic 2GB provides a 12-percent increase in performance when rendering visuals at a 1920 x 1200 resolution. "It also enables end users to enjoy extreme enhanced performance while playing the latest DX10 / DX11 PC games under HD large screen and high quality imagery," the company said.

Palit also threw in a huge, 2-ball bearing fan keeping things cool while the GF104-powered card cranks out DirectX 11 visuals. Other bells and whistles include 336 CUDA Cores, a shader frequency of 1400 MHz, 2-way SLI support, D-Sub, dual-DVI and HDMI outputs, and more. The card is also 3D Vision ready, 3D Vision Surround ready, and supports DirectCompute, OpenCL, OpenGL 4.0, and 32x Anti-aliasing technology.

Stay tuned for pricing and availability.

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    cryogenic , August 4, 2010 6:24 PM
    This is a simple marketing move, by the time this card needs 2GB ram at some arbitrary high resolution, it is already fill rate limited. So the extra ram won't do much good, if at all.
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    rooket , August 4, 2010 6:11 PM
    12% increase at 1080p is cool so will be waiting for TH to do a review on this card. Usually these higher than normal memory video cards from generic brands don't pan out though but hopefully it will this time around.
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    Darkerson , August 4, 2010 6:11 PM
    Not a bad looking card there. Wonder how much more the extra GB of ram adds to the price. Probably will be the best way to go for SLI, what with the extra ram and all.
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    roastmaster , August 4, 2010 6:13 PM
    Sweet! What is the price?
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    vicskyline96 , August 4, 2010 6:16 PM
    this would be great for those thinking to use this in SLI for Surround gaming.
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    oboelcke , August 4, 2010 6:16 PM
    roastmasterSweet! What is the price?

    Rumors say around $280.
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    palitusa , August 4, 2010 6:16 PM
    Price range is about $259-269.

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    cryogenic , August 4, 2010 6:24 PM
    This is a simple marketing move, by the time this card needs 2GB ram at some arbitrary high resolution, it is already fill rate limited. So the extra ram won't do much good, if at all.
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    webbwbb , August 4, 2010 6:30 PM
    It may not do much for gaming but it would be phenomenal using Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine. That is something which seems to be strictly hindered by available video memory. I almost bought a Palit GTX 460 on Monday but decided to wait a bit and am now glad that I did.
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    christop , August 4, 2010 6:31 PM
    I'm sticking with ATI..
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    nforce4max , August 4, 2010 6:43 PM
    Just what I need to enjoy GTA IV while being a meaningful upgrade over my two 9800gt 1gb editions on my game rig.
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    jecastej , August 4, 2010 6:45 PM
    I get it, for many this is just a marketing move. I respect this opinion but I now see this differently. I recently purchased a GPU based rendering software only works on Nvidia CUDA programing language on gamonig or Pro cards (OctaneRender). For this software the memory installed on the GPU is critical as this is the only memory the software uses. Two 2 GB 460 card are more appealing to me as I could use a combined none SLI 2 x 460 card setup for a total 670 CUDA cores and 2 GB of total memory for less than $600. The software is capable to use the combined CUDA cores power of 2 GPUs but the memory needs to load all resources on each GPU so It wont see a 4GB of total memory.

    Also, I read some researchers using CUDA could use the 2GB memory on a gaming card as a cheap replacement for 4GB TESLA GPUs. I think this move is appealing to none gamers, but I can't say some gamers wont find this useful.
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    cinergy , August 4, 2010 6:56 PM
    That extra gig really isn't helping anything with performance level card. Some suckers still go for it.
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    caspian21 , August 4, 2010 7:03 PM
    rooket12% increase at 1080p is cool so will be waiting for TH to do a review on this card. Usually these higher than normal memory video cards from generic brands don't pan out though but hopefully it will this time around.


    Actually Palit is not generic. They have large market penetration in Europe.
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    rohitbaran , August 4, 2010 7:09 PM
    How much gain over 1 GB version? I mean is the card even capable of utilizing that much memory? 2 GB 5870 doesn't seem to benefit much, so I doubt a GTX 460 will get any noticeable boost.
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    jazn1337 , August 4, 2010 7:15 PM
    Makes me wonder if they're going to put VRM heatsinks on this time.
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    3nn10 , August 4, 2010 7:17 PM
    hopefully evga will follow suit. I like a lifetime warranty.
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    bentonsl_2010 , August 4, 2010 7:39 PM
    jazn1337Makes me wonder if they're going to put VRM heatsinks on this time.


    Man you beat me to it...
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    duk3 , August 4, 2010 7:44 PM
    I read it as a 12% performance increase over the 285 2gb.
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