Asus GeForce GTX 460 1GB DirectCu
It can be safely said that the GTX 460 1GB is a very capable graphics card. None of the games in our testing regime were unplayable and for most of the part, it is a serious threat to ATi's Radeon HD 5770, 5830 and 5850 graphics cards.
Out of the box, the Asus GeForce GTX 460 TOP offered framerates that are quite similar to our heavily overclocked 768MB sample, while further gains were obtained once the Asus was pushed to its limits. It seems quite evident that the uprated cooler and voltage tweaking facilities have paid off. Here however lies a serious problem; at what price are these extras still worthwhile?
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With a RRP of ~£195, Asus' heavily modified GTX 460 has a plain and simple competitor. That's right folks, its the Radeon HD 5850. A reference HD 5850 will perform very similarly straight from the box for a similar outlay but once overclocked, there is simply no comparison; the ATi will win every time.
In theory this graphics card is a real winner. It offers a sizable factory overclock that will entertain anyone too afraid to tweak a graphics card themselves, yet has the facilities to wet the appetite of those who really push their computer hardware to their limits. Furthermore, the build quality is fantastic and the cooler is also effective. Sadly this has all come at a high price and now Asus' range topping GTX 460 swims with much bigger fish. However, if money or the competition isn't of great concern to you, then this is the nVidia graphics card to buy. Well done Asus.
- Voltage Tweak Feature
- Relatively Quiet Operation
- Overclocking Ability
- Price is too close to HD 5850
Thanks to Asus for the sample on test today, you can discuss our results in the forums.