On The Bench: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 FTW

Conclusion: EVGA GTX460 For The Win!

If nothing else, EVGA’s GTX460 FTW shows us what the GF104 GPU is capable of. It’s crystal clear why the GeForce GTX 460 was given a relatively conservative reference core and shader clock relative to its limits, along with a single disabled Shader Multiprocessor. After all, it can go toe-to-toe with the GeForce GTX 470 when everything is dialed up. It'd be nice if Nvidia released a card sporting GF104 GPU and all eight streaming multiprocessors enabled, just to see what it can do.

Despite the excellent factory overclock, value always comes down to a balance between price and performance. It’s been a couple of months since the Radeon HD 6800 launch, so let’s have a look at the current market, as represented on Newegg. At the time of writing, most of the Radeon HD 6850s hover around the $190 range. The GeForce GTX 460 1 GB can be found for $180-250. EVGA’s overclocked GTX460 FTW sells for $230, a $50 premium over the cheapest GeForce GTX 460 1 GB available. The Radeon HD 6870 is readily available around $240. Finally, the GeForce GTX 470 sells for around $250.

Here’s where the decision gets dicey: do you want an EVGA GTX460 FTW, a Radeon HD 6870, or a GeForce GTX 470? With a $10 spread between these options, it’s very hard to call a clear winner here. Frankly, any one of these cards is going to provide excellent service. A typical user is never going to regret having chosen one of these options over the other, as performance is practically identical and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses once you move past the average frame rates. The GeForce cards have CUDA and 3D Vision, while the Radeon boards have Eyefinity. Pick the value-adders that're important to you.

The bottom line is that EVGA’s GTX460 FTW offers something that I’ve never before seen in a card with an extreme factory overclock: excellent performance relative to its price. With GeForce GTX 470-class gaming ability combined with lower power usage, noise, and heat, EVGA’s option truly lives up to it's name and surpasses other GeForce GTX 460 cards for the win.

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  • fstrthnu
    Heh, "FTW". Still, EVGA's done a pretty impressive job here. Still a standby till the Geforce GTX 560 comes, but this is pretty darn good heading into winter
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  • macer1
    Why not use the 10.12 beta drivers from AMD ?

    The current test used a 10.10 Beta driver which was more problematic then the 10.9 AMD drivers. Makes no sense to me.
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  • touchdowntexas13
    Typically I think factory overclocked cards are a waste of cash, but this seems like a pretty good value. I am very happy with my GTX 470, but if I could do it over I would of snatched up that GTX 460! The 470 is just so loud and hot. But it's whatever. The 460 didn't come out until 3 months after I bought the 470.
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  • dEAne
    If I to choose I will recommend the EVGA’s GTX460 FTW.
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  • Tamz_msc
    Quote:
    It'd be nice if Nvidia released a card sporting GF104 GPU and all eight streaming multiprocessors enabled, just to see what it can do.

    Bombard the the HD 6950? Maybe at a lesser price? Keeping my fingers crossed for the GTX 560 :D
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  • duk3
    GTX550= GTX460maxcore @ 850mhz :O
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  • IzzyCraft
    macer1Why not use the 10.12 beta drivers from AMD ? The current test used a 10.10 Beta driver which was more problematic then the 10.9 AMD drivers. Makes no sense to me.

    Because articles take time to write esp when you need to benchmark things.
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  • rohitbaran
    Well, this doesn't sound too good for AMD. A fully enable GTX 460, which will probably launch as GX560 will probably come close enough, if not equal to the Radeon 6950.
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  • Randomacts
    Really?? A bumper sticker??? hahah... wow..
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  • IzzyCraft
    RandomactsReally?? A bumper sticker??? hahah... wow..

    They didn't have enough fun tricking me into putting lame stickers on my expensive case when i was young so now they want me to put lame stickers on my car.
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  • joytech22
    I own 2 GTX470's and if i had seen this GTX460 FTW edition available i would have snatched them up in a heartbeat!

    My 470's are a force to be reckoned with but they're also incredibly loud on hot days (Which i can do Nothing about, even with Air conditioning) and according to these power figures suck up so much more power on average.

    I still think i made the right choice though, it isn't like i notice the sound when i'm playing games anyway.

    And WHY don't ratings work?! Seriously someone has to know..
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  • fstrthnu
    joytech22I own 2 GTX470's and if i had seen this GTX460 FTW edition available i would have snatched them up in a heartbeat!My 470's are a force to be reckoned with but they're also incredibly loud on hot days (Which i can do Nothing about, even with Air conditioning) and according to these power figures suck up so much more power on average.I still think i made the right choice though, it isn't like i notice the sound when i'm playing games anyway.And WHY don't ratings work?! Seriously someone has to know..

    Lolz your post almost exactly replicated touchdowntexas13's post right above.
    But anyways, that's always the punishment for early adoption. Of course, these cards here are already close to the end of their lifecycle (when the Geforce 500 series is fully unveiled)
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  • iamtheking123
    Does anyone really have so much trouble saying "hmmm look at the stock card overclocked benchmarks and that's what the 460 FTW looks like" that it justifies 10 pages just for this?
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  • cangelini
    joytech22I own 2 GTX470's and if i had seen this GTX460 FTW edition available i would have snatched them up in a heartbeat!My 470's are a force to be reckoned with but they're also incredibly loud on hot days (Which i can do Nothing about, even with Air conditioning) and according to these power figures suck up so much more power on average.I still think i made the right choice though, it isn't like i notice the sound when i'm playing games anyway.And WHY don't ratings work?! Seriously someone has to know..


    Someone in development broke the ratings system. A bug report has been filed, and we're all eagerly awaiting the fix so that, once again, you guys can vote them up or down!
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  • Anonymous
    Thanks for the review, but why weren't the graps sorted from highest to lowest and highlight the card being reviewed?
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  • joytech22
    cangeliniSomeone in development broke the ratings system.


    Haha! oh well stuff happens, thanks for the explanation.
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  • nevertell
    There is no point in buying these, you can overclock and overvolt pretty much any videocard, and you can get a better performing cooler for a lot less.
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  • bullcat
    You should have mentioned that almost all of the advantage over the Radeons came from the Civ 5 map benchmark.
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  • cphorn15
    BullCatYou should have mentioned that almost all of the advantage over the Radeons came from the Civ 5 map benchmark.


    But the fps are so high that the difference is negligible. Most users playing the game run moniters at 60Hz. The real kicker would be to throw in Eyefinity and 3D Vision/Surround and see the impact of that. Still most users don't use those technologies either.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    6870 draws only half the power of a GTX470 ! :O
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