ECS’ unique feature is its Artic Cooling Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro card cooler, an add-in worth $40 separately.
The surface-mounted fans of this cooler require an additional slot of space, making this the only three-slot card in today’s roundup. That could make SLI difficult for some users, since many motherboards have their highest-bandwidth slots spread only two expansion slots apart. While the card spacing issue is especially problematic for most X58-based motherboards, ECS already has an SLI solution.
Using a reference design PCB, the Black Series GTX 460 includes a mini-HDMI link and two dual-link DVI connectors. The accessory kit relies on DVI to support full-sized HDMI cable ends.
ECS doesn’t add any tuning software or games, but the driver CD does have several free trials…
One might expect the card with the largest cooler to come with the highest clock speed. The Black Series GTX 460 is certainly fast at 765 MHz core and GDDR5-3700, but manual overclocking using someone else’s software is the only way this card will break GeForce GTX 460 performance records.
- 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