Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked

Jetway's Exibition Card

Evidence of a second Nvidia reference design comes to us from Jetway, its 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 including a reference design cooler and a circuit board labeled as Nvidia P672.

Jetway wasn’t ready with a retail version of the card, but its packaging was finished. The retail card’s installation kit is fairly sparse, consisting of little more than a manual and driver CD.

The lack of adapters is validated by three different connectors on the card's rear panel, including a single dual-link DVI port, an onboard VGA connector, and a full-sized HDMI port. Jetway is obviously going for a lower-cost market with its omission of dual DVI connections.

We're not going to be testing overclocking results in today's roundup, and Jetway's card exemplifies why. Rather than ship a retail version of its 675 MHz board for testing, the company sent a card clocked to an astounding 900 MHz. Clearly a hand-picked sample, we include this piece of hardware today as an exhibition of how fast the GeForce GTX 460 can be overclocked to extremes. 

We exclude this board from our final analysis, though, because it's wholly unrepresentative of what you can actually buy off the shelf. In the same vein, there's a good chance that some of our other contenders were hand-picked for scalability. So, lining them up based on their top overclocked simply wouldn't accomplish much. We prefer to look at what you get out of the box, and base our recommendations on that.

The lack of retail BIOS prevents us from rating Jetway’s value, though the reference clock rates of the Jetway model KN460EW1GV-A (on which today’s sample is based) can just as easily be represented by the Zotac model in today’s review.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Tamz_msc
    Good article.
  • TheStealthyOne
    I really am a fan of ASUS' DirectCu/TOP cards.

    I can't decide between the 460 and 5850 versions :P
  • Tamz_msc
    I would have liked noise benchmarks.
  • 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
  • falchard
    thestealthyoneI really am a fan of ASUS' DirectCu/TOP cards.I can't decide between the 460 and 5850 versionsThats a contemplative choice? Considering its not the 5830, the clear choice is the 5850.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • vixiv
    El_CapitanHonestly, you really can't go wrong with any of these cards.
  • 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
  • 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.