EVGA GTX460 SLI Review
Anyone who can recall the last generation of GPUs will remember that far and away the absolute value for money choice was to have two ATI HD4770s in Crossfire. It gave enormous performance without breaking the bank and, by virtue of being two cards, was something you could purchase in stages rather than having one massive outlay.
Nonetheless the single-card power choice was the GTX280, and its follow-up the GTX285, which had great performance and a big price-tag.
With the introduction of the GTX480 we had a card that, to be blunt, was a disappointment. The performance was good, but not so good the huge price was justifiable. The heat was the thing that really drove a nail into it, as it almost single-handidly could melt the polar ice-caps.
We held out hope that the cut-down versions would be better but the original ones had all the problems and none of the benefits. Thankfully that has recently been changing, to such an extent that the 'lesser' models in the nVidia GTX range are the ones to go for.
It was only natural that curiosity got the better of us and we wanted to pair a couple up to see if GTX460 SLI could be this generations King of the Performance Per Pound.
EVGA, one of the major nVidia partners, make lots of versions of the GTX460 but, as we recently saw with the Zotac AMP!, higher performing factory versions always come with a price-premium that makes them too expensive for serious consideration.
They kindly agreed to send us two of their absolute base models of the GTX460. So today we have two stock clocked 768MB ones to play with. We can't wait.
As you can see these aren't factory overclocked or supplied with a lot of bells and whistles. These are pretty much as cheap as a GTX460 gets. Which is entirely the point of todays testing.