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Roundup: Nine GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Boards Benchmarked

Shuffling Through The Cards

Awarded for its position as the best bang-for the buck graphics solution in both single-card and SLI configurations, the only question in the minds of hopeful buyers of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 1 GB card is: which particular board to buy? Over a dozen manufacturers offer a vast array of clock speeds, accessory packages, and support. So, we asked that question for you.

Nine companies responded with the product they felt offered the strongest argument for their brand, and today we’re going to compare these reference and aftermarket-altered GeForce GTX 460s. Here’s a quick overview of what your $220-$260 can buy:

General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 1-3
Asus ENGTX460 TOP/2DI/1GD5ECS Black NBGTX460-1GPI-FEVGA GTX 460 01G-P3-1373-AR
GPU Clock775 MHz765 MHz763 MHz
Shader Clock1550 MHz1530 MHz1526 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-4000GDDR5-3700GDDR5-3800
DVITwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIMini HDMIMini HDMIMini HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneNone
VGABy AdapterBy AdatperBy Adapter
Output AdaptersDVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGADVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGAMini to Full HDMI, DVI-I to VGA
Length9.6"8.5"8.3"
Height4.9"5.4"4.4"
Total Thickness1.6"2.4"1.4"
Cooler Thickness1.4"2.2"1.3"
Weight22.0 Ounces24.5 Ounces20.5 Ounces
PCB VersionM5Q-1041P(B)Nvidia P1041 1.0Nvidia P1041 0B
VRMFive PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyThree YearsThree YearsLifetime
Added Value92 mm Fan CD WalletArctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro coolerExtended Warranty Step-Up Program
General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 4-6
Gigabyte GTX 460 GV-N460OC-1GIJetway GTX 460 "Mystery Card"MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
GPU Clock715 MHz900 MHz725 MHz
Shader Clock1430 MHz1800 MHz1451 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-3600GDDR5-3800GDDR5-3600
DVITwo Dual-LinkOne Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIMini HDMIFull HDMIMini HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneNone
VGABy AdapterOne 15-PinBy Adapter
Output AdaptersMini to Full HDMI, DVI-I to VGANoneDVI to HDMI, DVI-I to VGA
Length8.9"8.3"8.3"
Height4.6"4.4"5.1"
Total Thickness1.4"1.4"1.4"
Cooler Thickness1.3"1.3"1.3"
Weight20.0 Ounces18.0 Ounces18.5 Ounces
PCB Version3rd-party ReferenceNvidia P6723rd-party Reference
VRMThree PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyThree YearsN/AThree Years
Added Value2x 92mm Fans $20 "Starcraft 2" RebateN/AOversized Cooler
General Details: GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Products 7-9
Palit GTX 460 Sonic PlatinumSparkle GTX 460 1024 MB GDDR5Zotac GTX 460 ZT-40402-10P
GPU Clock800 MHz700 MHz675 MHz
Shader Clock1600 MHz1400 MHz1350 MHz
DRAM RateGDDR5-4000GDDR5-3600GDDR5-3600
DVITwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-LinkTwo Dual-Link
HDMIFull HDMIMini HDMIFull HDMI
DisplayPortNoneNoneFull-Size
VGAOne 15-PinBy AdapterBy Adapter
Output AdaptersNoneHDMI Cable DVI-I to VGADVI-I to VGA
Length7.4"8.3"8.3"
Height4.4"4.4"4.4"
Total Thickness1.5"1.4"1.5"
Cooler Thickness1.4"1.3"1.3"
Weight16.0 Ounces16.5 Ounces20.0 Ounces
PCB VersionCustomNvidia P1041Custom
VRMFour PhasesThree PhasesThree Phases
WarrantyOne YearLifetimeLifetime
Added ValueNone6' Mini to Full HDMI Cable, Extended WarrantyFree "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands" Extended Warranty

With the general details for each of today’s cards covered on the first page, let’s see what specifics make each of these cards shine.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.