Available as part number NE5X460HF1102, Palit’s GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition is both the smallest and fastest card in today’s lineup. A custom circuit board reduces mounting length by 0.9” compared to reference design cards, easing card-to-drive clearance issues that occur in many of today’s mid-sized cases.
Moving the power connectors to the top of the card similarly improves card-to-drive clearance, though the power supply location of some compact gaming cases could interfere with installation. SLI users will be pleased to note that the mid-profile GPU cooler fits within the broadly-accepted confines of a second expansion slot.
Palit moves its second dual-link DVI connector to the card’s second expansion slot, reducing the amount of air that can flow through the adjacent vents. This axial-fan cooler pushes air from both ends however, so that the reduced airflow at the back shouldn’t be problematic. The end result is a design that allows a full-sized HDMI connection and a VGA output without the use of any adapters.
An 800 MHz GPU clock tops today’s factory-configured overclocks, while the GDDR5-4000 data rate is matched only by Asus.
Palit’s Vtune utility lacks the voltage adjustment found on today’s second-fastest competitor, yet that competitor’s adjustment range is miniscule. The GPU and RAM can be increased up to 1040 MHz and GDDR5-4800, software limits that are almost certain to exceed hardware capabilities.
Advanced settings for Palit’s Vtune are limited to fan speed.
- 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