Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked

Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition

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.

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  • Tamz_msc
    I would have liked noise benchmarks.
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  • El_Capitan
    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
    Good article.
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  • TheStealthyOne
    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
    I would have liked noise benchmarks.
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  • beans4you
    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
    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
    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
    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
    El_CapitanHonestly, you really can't go wrong with any of these cards.


    Basically.
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  • void
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Nice article.
    Quote:
    Shuffling Through The Cards

    Nice (sub)title :p
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  • LordConrad
    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
    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
    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
    MSI/Asus, the hell. .it's still a 460! nice article :)
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  • wishmaster12
    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
    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
    I like the MSi one.....
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