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ECS Black Series GTX 460 NBGTX460-1GPI-F

Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked
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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.

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    Tamz_msc , August 30, 2010 6:18 AM
    I would have liked noise benchmarks.
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    El_Capitan , August 30, 2010 6:48 AM
    This review is trying to tell us what? Higher overclocked cards give better performance? Duh?

    It would have been better to see each card overclocked to it's most stable overclock first, then test the cards with all the benchmarks.

    I read CPU magazine's article comparing the GTX 460's, and same conclusion. Palit is the fastest, but MSI's is the quietest and coolest.

    I've been looking into getting a pair for SLI. Those that don't have extra space between their PCI Express 2.0 slots should go for the EVGA Superclocked because of the external exhaust. Those that do have space like me and prefer low noise would be better off the MSI's. Performance-wise, they're all great overclockers (every card in this review can overclock higher than Palit's factory overclock). Honestly, you really can't go wrong with any of these cards.
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    Tamz_msc , August 30, 2010 6:03 AM
    Good article.
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    TheStealthyOne , August 30, 2010 6:06 AM
    I really am a fan of ASUS' DirectCu/TOP cards.

    I can't decide between the 460 and 5850 versions :p 
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    Tamz_msc , August 30, 2010 6:18 AM
    I would have liked noise benchmarks.
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    beans4you , August 30, 2010 6:26 AM
    just installed two gigabyte 460 cards in my brothers new setup, they are pretty nice! can't hear them even with the 2 fans on each and they run around 25/29 C idle, this is as far as I've gotten with tests :p 
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    falchard , August 30, 2010 6:40 AM
    thestealthyoneI really am a fan of ASUS' DirectCu/TOP cards.I can't decide between the 460 and 5850 versions

    Thats a contemplative choice? Considering its not the 5830, the clear choice is the 5850.
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    Lmeow , August 30, 2010 6:40 AM
    Wow. Jetway's 33 % overclock is nSane... especially on what seems to be nVidia's reference cooler.

    I wonder how many cards can reach that 900 MHz with acceptable noise and voltage levels.
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    El_Capitan , August 30, 2010 6:48 AM
    This review is trying to tell us what? Higher overclocked cards give better performance? Duh?

    It would have been better to see each card overclocked to it's most stable overclock first, then test the cards with all the benchmarks.

    I read CPU magazine's article comparing the GTX 460's, and same conclusion. Palit is the fastest, but MSI's is the quietest and coolest.

    I've been looking into getting a pair for SLI. Those that don't have extra space between their PCI Express 2.0 slots should go for the EVGA Superclocked because of the external exhaust. Those that do have space like me and prefer low noise would be better off the MSI's. Performance-wise, they're all great overclockers (every card in this review can overclock higher than Palit's factory overclock). Honestly, you really can't go wrong with any of these cards.
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    vixiv , August 30, 2010 7:33 AM
    El_CapitanHonestly, you really can't go wrong with any of these cards.


    Basically.
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    void , August 30, 2010 7:51 AM
    I have one gigabyte card and very happy with it. Almost complete silent at idle. and not much noise at 100% fan speed. 50% fan speed is enough to keep it around 60c in games
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    amgsoft , August 30, 2010 7:55 AM
    If you are going to use the cards in PC in your home, the less noisy and the coolest is often the best choice.
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    IzzyCraft , August 30, 2010 7:58 AM
    Quote:
    MSI has become famous for its Afterburner software, but the core voltage adjustment doesn’t work with this particular card


    I'm fairly sure that one does support overvoltage but you have to check "unlock voltage control" and "unlock voltage monitoring" then restart the program, only reason i note this is that only a few 460's support any kind of voltage control, not that it needs it for an impressive overclock.

    It's in the change log afterall
    Quote:
    Afterburner 1.6.1 (2010-07-07)
    Added NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 series and MSI N460GTX Cyclone series graphics cards support (including voltag control!)

    http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm
    also lol voltage is typoed lol

    supposedly msi has a 460 fully custom in the works that will support even memory voltage tweaking
    http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?s=6c27407b258f5c35bbf16f63d6405c79&t=326936
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    Onyx2291 , August 30, 2010 8:07 AM
    Ah, I'll be using this as reference in the future. Sometimes it's hard deciding between companies haha.
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    Mark Heath , August 30, 2010 8:26 AM
    Nice article.
    Quote:
    Shuffling Through The Cards

    Nice (sub)title :p 
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    LordConrad , August 30, 2010 8:59 AM
    I like my "Galaxy GTX 460 Super OC". Factory clocked at 810 MHz GPU, 4000MHz GDDR5. Out of the box it's faster than Palit's Sonic Platinum.
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    nevertell , August 30, 2010 9:29 AM
    I'd still go for the MSI, since I've read that that cooler is the most silent of them all. And it's temps' are the best of all, so more OC'ing potential. Too bad you didn't include "sound" tests, I'd like to see how loud/silent other coolers get under load.
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    Emperus , August 30, 2010 9:45 AM
    How safe is it to get the cheapest out of the lot.? Very safe i guess.. How much value is it to get the costliest.? Pretty good i guess.. So the consumer is basically safe with any choice made.. That's always a good thing.. This just may be one of those cases where one can pick a card more based on its aesthetics.. Nice huh..
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    anthonys17 , August 30, 2010 9:48 AM
    MSI/Asus, the hell. .it's still a 460! nice article :) 
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    wishmaster12 , August 30, 2010 10:24 AM
    I had a nvidia card once, i traded it for a ati card because the nvidia card was giving me headaches. seriously
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    Crashman , August 30, 2010 10:35 AM
    anthonys17MSI/Asus, the hell. .it's still a 460! nice article
    Yes, MSI and Asus are about equal. MSI starts out cooler but has less maximum-speed cooling, Asus starts out warmer but the fan has more room to speed up. They're about the same noise level until you speed things up, in which case MSI tops out before Asus.
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    MechaNintendoMaster , August 30, 2010 11:34 AM
    I like the MSi one.....
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