Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu
Packaging & Initial Impressions
Asus certainly don't believe in the conservation of trees as the DirectCu arrived in a rather elaborate set of packaging. Aside the use of Asus' recent white and green livery, it is also both wide and deep. I say...what lurks inside..?
Removing the flimsy white/green layer of packaging reveals a thicker black box. It would surely command the package to fall in the hands of a delivery man with the mental capacity of Family Guy's Opie to cause any damage to the equipment that lies inside.
Inside you will find a further three boxes. The box at the top contains a leather wallet to store your favourite CD's, a Driver Disc and Installation manual. To the right you will a narrow box that conceals a Molex to PCI-Express adapter plus DVI → HDMI and DVI → VGA adapters. Finally, below the former box lies the GeForce GTX 460.
For those who have read our review of the reference GTX 460, you will have noticed two things. Different PCB and different Cooler. Despite the graphics card being of the same length as the reference design, the new cooler stretches beyond the PCB by as much as one inch.
Consequently the placement of PCI-Express 6pin connectors have moved to the top of the graphics card rather than the rear.
Now lets take a closer look at the cooler itself. As the name “DirectCu” suggests, Asus' cooler sports heatpipes that make direct contact with the GPU Core. It's clear that no compromises have been made with the design, with the use of thick 8mm heatpipes, a huge area of fins and a larger 92mm fan. We will find out very shortly if it makes the impact that it suggests.