Our previous page showed that added performance generally requires added power, though the performance differences were far greater than power differences. Let’s see how the overclocked cards compare to the reference-clocked card by way of efficiency.
Overclocking improves efficiency by allowing much more “work” to be done at similar power levels. The most likely reason for Palit’s huge lead is a reliance on GPU voltage that’s similar to Nvidia’s reference design voltage.
Jetway drops out of the retail price chart for two reasons: First, its sample is non-retail. Second, even if Jetway had sent its retail KN460EW1GV-A, a lack of availability in the U.S. market would prevent us from assigning a Web price to the chart. We hope to see Jetway graphics products reach U.S. vendors in the near future.
Ignoring added-value items like extended warranties and in-box games gives us a simplified value chart above. Of course, that chart will be meaningless to overclockers, as GPU temperature is a better metric for judging how far they might be able to push these cards.
That is to say, we’re not willing to completely dismiss added value, especially when it comes to warranties and support. So, which card would we pick?
- Shuffling Through The Cards
- Asus ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5
- ECS Black Series GTX 460 NBGTX460-1GPI-F
- EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024 MB EE (External Exhaust)
- Gigabyte GTX 460 GV-N460OC-1GI
- Jetway's Exibition Card
- MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
- Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition
- Sparkle GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5
- Zotac GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Alien Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Average Performance, Power, And Heat
- Efficiency, Price, And Performance Value