EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024 MB EE (External Exhaust)
EVGA is no fan of short names, and searching for this particular item might be easier by using its completely-forgettable 01G-P3-1373-AR part number.
EVGA sells both internal and external exhaust versions of the SuperClocked GTX 460, and even has cheaper versions of both cards that lack this model’s lifetime warranty. We prefer the lifetime warranty versions, but we can’t agree on which type of cooler is best. Axial-fan like EVGA’s 1372-series models typically offer lower noise and increased case temperatures, while crossflow-cooler cards, such as the one we’re testing today, reduce case temperatures at the expense of higher noise.
EVGA bolster’s the GTX 460 SuperClocked installation kit with a mini-HDMI to full-sized HDMI adapter cable that can reduce the installation depth of cable ends. The power of branding hasn’t escaped the firm, as evidenced by the inclusion of a case badge and side-panel decal.
Each SuperClocked-series graphics card comes with a moderate manufacturer-validated speed increase, the 01G-P3-1373-AR clocked at 763 MHz core and GDDR5-3800.
EVGA Precision tuning software uses the shader clock speed for increasing GPU clock, its 2445 MHz limit corresponding to a GPU clock of 1223 MHz. Memory can also be increased from GDDR5-3800 (1900 MHz reported) to GDDR5-4560, though overclockers know that the limits of tuning software often exceed the capabilities of hardware.
EVGA Precision can be set to automatically check for software updates, while most of its other controls are for the program itself.
Up to 10 custom overclocking profiles can be saved and restored, and EVGA Precision even allows clock speed changes to be enabled automatically when 3D programs are launched.
I can't decide between the 460 and 5850 versions :P
I wonder how many cards can reach that 900 MHz with acceptable noise and voltage levels.
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.