EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

Crysis Warhead, Dirt 2 and Metro 2033

EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

Crysis Warhead

Starting with the old faithful Crytek engined Crysis Warhead. Although we don't use anti-aliasing because of the woeful optimisation from Crytek, the EVGA SLI setup still rocks hard here, giving 71 FPS in both configurations.

 

Dirt 2

Dirt 2 comes with a heavy dose of anti-aliasing but unlike our Unigine tests it actually does affect the results negatively. Our overclock gives a great result too being 50% faster than the GTX480. Even at stock though it just eats through the frames.

 

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 is the Crysis of the current generation in that very little gives what we consider to be smooth frame-rates. However because of this it's a great way to test how much power is available to us. Here the EVGA GTX460 SLI is neck and neck with the GTX480 at stock, and takes a 4 frame lead when overclocked. 4 frames when you're only dealing with 40, is a nice increase.

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17-09-2010, 05:09:22

tinytomlogan
With the GTX460 being the sensible choice of the Fermi range, we had to take a look at the performance of a pair, courtesy of EVGA.

Continue Reading

17-09-2010, 05:19:10

F-alienware
EVGA? *swoons* don't tell me they finally let OC3D give their products some love?

*reads* cheers fellas !

Ahh, brilliant as always

I actually rather like the look of those cards too (eats some humble pie) as the stickers on them are quite tasteful and not overdone and gaudy.

Will stick with my 5770s (and hopefully soon AMD's 9800GTX for Physx) but if these had come sooner (7 months sooner) I would have had no qualms about grabbing a pair (ooer).

Thanks again for the reviews lads, Stepster will be very pleased. He can gloat even more on MSN now

17-09-2010, 05:35:03

snoopy747
o_0 after seeing this I really wanna know how a pair of 470s would fare.

17-09-2010, 05:46:07

steve30x
Holy crap they get double my vantage score. Cant wait to see what my games run like with my new hardware.

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/2...0033ghz.th.jpg

Quote:
Originally Posted by snoopy747 View Post

o_0 after seeing this I really wanna know how a pair of 470s would fare.
I have a pair of 470's on the way I would like to upload my 3D Mark 06 and VAntage scores when I get my new hardware.

17-09-2010, 05:52:08

F-alienware
Steve. They may well get double your vantage scores but tbh mate you'd see very little difference in games. I had a 280 and it was smooth as silk in gaming. I never played a game that I couldn't max and even worry it. Just a shame it was so bloody hot

Very interested in seeing the results for a pair of 470s though !

17-09-2010, 05:57:35

steve30x
I agree my GTX280 is fair warm. Even with the improved cooling I done to my case which no longer holds heat and the 140MM fan blowing on my GTX280 it is 80C with 100% fan.

The 470's will be even hotter though and a lot louder lol.I will need to get sound dampening foam for my case to absorb some of that fan noise until I can afford better coolers for the GPU's. The reason for my upgrade is newer games are starting to push my GTX280 now and the motherboard , CPU and ram upgrade is for the video conversions etc.

17-09-2010, 06:48:06

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Very interested in seeing the results for a pair of 470s though !
Then you have both completely missed the point of this review tbh.

480 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

470 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

460 = cool calm and collected.....

17-09-2010, 07:17:28

equk
cool video

I've been looking at the GTX 460 but am holding out for now as there aren't really any games I've got into that require that sort of power (I mostly play cs:s on my 8800gts)

I know a guy who just got a 5850 who has been telling me it owns the GTX460

I have been looking around for waterblocks for the 460 and looking at the stock coolers the RAM doesn't seem to be actively cooled so would guess you could get away with a non fullcover block and some heatsinks on the RAM?

17-09-2010, 07:26:17

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by equk View Post

cool video

I've been looking at the GTX 460 but am holding out for now as there aren't really any games I've got into that require that sort of power (I mostly play cs:s on my 8800gts)

I know a guy who just got a 5850 who has been telling me it owns the GTX460

I have been looking around for waterblocks for the 460 and looking at the stock coolers the RAM doesn't seem to be actively cooled so would guess you could get away with a non fullcover block and some heatsinks on the RAM?
5850 does win at stock clocks for both cards but look at the price difference.......

Overclock the 460 and is will walk all over the 5850.

Unless you have 5870 money the 460 is the card to have tbh.

17-09-2010, 07:40:12

silenthill
SLI IS KING and everybody who thinks different can go to hell and rot there.

17-09-2010, 08:05:27

thestepster
wooo this is nice really shows how awsome they are! and the temps seemed a little high how fast was the fan running to let it get that hot my top 2 hit about 60 and bottom about 50 while folding and even cooler when gamin, were u not able to push the overclocks more? as i can get 850 core on 1.050v

17-09-2010, 10:16:59

IHunger4Battle1
I've already replied to the video on the tube, but I'll reply again and thank all of you for the comparison. ****against the rules****

Either way, I'm psyched to try these in SLI. I'm interested to see what 2 - 1GB cards will score.

17-09-2010, 10:20:54

SnW
Darn it now i want to get a second Palit 1024Mb to see what they do in SLI

Got one of those EVGA's 768Mb as well........hmmmm.

As always nice review!

17-09-2010, 10:41:54

hmmblah
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Then you have both completely missed the point of this review tbh.

480 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

470 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

460 = cool calm and collected.....
I haven't used a 460 yet, but I wouldn't call the 470 nuclear hot and fudging loud. While it's not a silent card, I fold on mine 24/7 and stick the fan speed at 70%. At that speed it isn't heard above the rest of my system (2x 140mm fans, 2x 120mm on H50) and runs at about 67C right now. In the summer months I had to turn the fan speed up to 80% which does make it louder and folded at about 77-80C which isn't bad at all for 32C room temp.

If you let the drivers manage the card it sticks the fan speed to about 40%. Definitely not audible. Temps will hit as high as 93C though.

I'm using a Gigabyte reference card btw.

Enjoyed the review btw. Those 460's make me want to go sli just to mess with it.

17-09-2010, 11:09:51

AMDFTW
hmmm i want another now lol,tis some power there.2 of them folding would be abit naughty aswell

17-09-2010, 11:10:30

AMDFTW
hmmm i want another now lol,tis some power there.2 of them folding would be abit naughty aswell

oops sorry for doubles posting]

17-09-2010, 12:38:22

steve30x
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Then you have both completely missed the point of this review tbh.

480 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

470 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

460 = cool calm and collected.....
I knew the point of the review was to show how cool and powerful the 460 was. The reason I went with the 470'S (Which I got a few minutes ago) is because the 460 is slower than my 280 and if a that I bought game didnt use SLI I would be getting lower FPS than my 280 with a single GPU. With the 470 I would getter FPS without SLI enabled.

17-09-2010, 14:22:26

Gascogne
But how does a pair of 460's work at 2560x1600 compared to a 480?

17-09-2010, 14:29:23

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gascogne View Post

But how does a pair of 460's work at 2560x1600 compared to a 480?

Well at very high resolutions and image quality settings the cut-down nature of the underlying architecture can limit the frame-rate so if you're after absolute performance then you might need to look elsewhere.



Most likely not so good.

17-09-2010, 15:50:36

murphy7801
Cant wait for my second gtx 460 to arrive now

17-09-2010, 16:28:18

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

Then you have both completely missed the point of this review tbh.

480 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

470 = nuclear hot & fudging loud

460 = cool calm and collected.....
Oh absolutely. Why do you think I own Crossfire 5770 and not SLI 280 or triple 250GTS as I planned?

Quiet performance is great, but hot smoking blistering is fun (so long as *I* dont have to live with it)

That's why I sold one of the 3870x2 today haha. Other one's sold too to a mate, and Thuban here we come (when I get the Noctua).

18-09-2010, 17:59:28

frosty125
Thanks for the awesome review soon as I had finished reading it I knew what GPU setup I needed for my new rig

19-09-2010, 05:22:18

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by frosty125 View Post

Thanks for the awesome review soon as I had finished reading it I knew what GPU setup I needed for my new rig
Glad it helped you dude

19-09-2010, 14:20:05

Alicarve
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

With the GTX460 being the sensible choice of the Fermi range, we had to take a look at the performance of a pair, courtesy of EVGA.

Continue Reading
already persuaded me once now twice to get a pair of these

24-09-2010, 16:35:52

Mr. Strawberry
cant wait till i get my hands on a pair of them

25-09-2010, 10:51:52

sunjoo
im really surprised by how well these do in sli

25-09-2010, 11:12:44

Mr. Strawberry
indeed

it is shame they are limited to 2 way SLI tbh

25-09-2010, 11:15:52

sunjoo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

indeed

it is shame they are limited to 2 way SLI tbh
soo true but then again you can get a gts 450 and put it in physx or you can combine it with a ati card if you have a mobo with lucid hydra chip

25-09-2010, 11:32:23

Mr. Strawberry
you could

if i had a bigger PSU then i would get one for phys-x heck if it was big enough i would get a third GTX460 for phys-x

25-09-2010, 11:33:40

thestepster
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

you could

if i had a bigger PSU then i would get one for phys-x heck if it was big enough i would get a third GTX460 for phys-x
thats what i have mate sli and a 3rd for physx

25-09-2010, 11:37:10

Mr. Strawberry
on a 850w PSU?

hmm wonder if my 750w PSU could handle a 450 as well then :/

that would be bad ass lol

25-09-2010, 11:38:29

thestepster
yeah doesnt even break a sweat mate the psu is stone cold, yeah it might be possible what kinda amps does he new corsairs have?

25-09-2010, 11:43:01

Mr. Strawberry
Quote:
Originally Posted by thestepster View Post

yeah doesnt even break a sweat mate the psu is stone cold, yeah it might be possible what kinda amps does he new corsairs have?
according to this http://www.corsair.com/products/ax750/default.aspx

25A, 25A, 62A, 0.5A , 3A

25-09-2010, 11:48:08

thestepster
u might be fine running 3 i have 70a on a single rail

25-09-2010, 11:49:09

sources95
hmmm so could i have my 460 hawks in sli and a 450 for physx thatd be pretty good

25-09-2010, 11:50:19

Mr. Strawberry
sweet next pay cheque i will get at GTS450 lol

25-09-2010, 11:55:08

thestepster
just pay that tiny bit extra and get a reference 460 dont waste ur cash on the 450 its even more pointless than the 465

25-09-2010, 12:03:02

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by thestepster View Post

just pay that tiny bit extra and get a reference 460 dont waste ur cash on the 450 its even more pointless than the 465
^^^^deffo. GTS450 is poop deee poop poop

25-09-2010, 12:04:19

sunjoo
^^ true a 786mb gtx 460 only cost 10 more then a gts 450

25-09-2010, 12:04:43

thestepster
just remember and fold on them mate

25-09-2010, 12:59:32

Mr. Strawberry
i really do think though

if you could get a single slot 450 then it would be the idle phys-x card

25-09-2010, 13:10:33

thestepster
wont see that happening for a while dude, if ever

25-09-2010, 13:12:53

Mr. Strawberry
yeah i know it wont happen for a while if it does but it is still a valid point seeing as it can run on little power

25-09-2010, 13:14:01

thestepster
its just a pointless card mate and its priced 10 less than a 460 but is miles and miles off in performance and as soon as uve bought it will be worth nowt, ppl in the know wont be buying this card at all

25-09-2010, 13:19:06

Mr. Strawberry
yeah suppose when you put it that way

26-09-2010, 07:47:26

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

indeed

it is shame they are limited to 2 way SLI tbh
T'isn't. Triple SLI is as bad as triple Crossfire and quad Crossfire and SLI.

As Stepy said, if you want a third one by all means get one, but use it for the right reasons (folding or Physx)

It'll look the same as triple SLI but it'll actually work and so something contsructive.

You need to remember that when game coders make games they usually do them for the masses. Dual core support, half decent GPU. They don't take into account fanatics who turn their PCs into nuclear power plants. There's no reason wasting time and money on those people as they are a massive minority

26-09-2010, 07:51:43

Mr. Strawberry
never said i wanted 3 way sli just said it was a shame they were limited

26-09-2010, 07:51:47

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by thestepster View Post

its just a pointless card mate and its priced 10 less than a 460 but is miles and miles off in performance and as soon as uve bought it will be worth nowt, ppl in the know wont be buying this card at all
Naaah. The one Tom reviewed was stupid money yes. However, a semi decent 450 is around 30 cheaper than a 460.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1GB-Palit-GTS-450-40nm-3608MHz-GDDR5-GPU-783MHz-Shader-1566MHz-192-Cores-DL-DVI-I-D-Sub-HDMI

You need to remember that happy hour is done. Cheapest 460 I can find now is 125. That's pretty much bang on 30 more, and the 450 will highly likely be just as good for Physx..

I will buy into the aesthetic argument though. Adding an odd one out will pretty much wreck the look

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Strawberry View Post

never said i wanted 3 way sli just said it was a shame they were limited
T'isn't. Just absolutely trust me on that as some one who has seen more than two GPUs take great big wet bumburps. Total waste of money. The 460 is all about value. That's why it is kicking so much butt. Adding a third one takes it into the realms of the 480 and beyond, and I would rather have a 480 as Stepy found out the hard way yesterday what happens when there is no SLI support with a new game.

See also the 5770. Great as Crossfire, total waste of money in trifire/quadfire.

Price to performance? yes, 460 SLI is in a league of its own. Triple SLI? worse than two, much more expensive.

26-09-2010, 09:26:41

AMDFTW
yep tis deffo just a physx card

26-09-2010, 10:42:59

F-alienware
http://www.dabs.com/products/best-value-palit-geforce-gts-450-783mhz-1gb-pci-e-hdmi-74ZL.html

At that price I am actually tempted myself ! 89.99 del.

I have the 8800 Ultra, but it's so big and so hot I don't know if I trust it in a 5770 sandwich. What I would like ideally is a single slot 450 if they come up with one.

26-09-2010, 11:04:56

AMDFTW
no palit suck fella

26-09-2010, 11:14:15

Mr. Strawberry
imo the red PCB makes it look cheap :/

26-09-2010, 12:27:02

sunjoo
not just the red pcb it reachs 75c load at stock

26-09-2010, 12:51:10

Mr. Strawberry
that is bad

26-09-2010, 12:58:24

F-alienware
Hah think about it. What would I be putting it in with? oh yeah ! Radeons. Red = good.

Also it won't go under load. My 8800 Ultra idles at 62c. With Physx pounding out it reached.. Wait for it.... 62c.

The core itself is not used at all during Physx calc and it's for no other purpose..

However, trying hard not to drag this OT I am going to pipe for a GTS 240. No point paying double (literally) for a 450 as I am not using any of the functions, plus I want single slot. I want to leave my radeons breathing room as I want it better than now, basically.

02-11-2010, 06:44:45

Black
Is better to use EVGA for SLI set up or MSI Cyclone?

I bought EVGA's cards, but now I can buy MSI ones much cheaper, so is it worth it to swap them?

For me it looks like EVGA pulling hot air outside of the case, MSI don't - what to do.I like cool and quiet, but Quiet is more important for me.

02-11-2010, 07:09:32

Mr. Strawberry
stick with the reference ones

02-11-2010, 07:28:44

F-alienware
Don't know man those MSIs seem to have the ability to exhaust air a lot more freely than a reference card.

Stepy had one, wait for him to come on and he can tell you how the temps are.

02-11-2010, 07:31:04

Mr. Strawberry
with those though as it lacks a shroud on the cooler the fan will have to work harder to get the air out the back unless you have good airflow

but just wait till stepy comes online

02-11-2010, 07:33:21

SnW
Quote:
Originally Posted by AMDFTW View Post

no palit suck fella
Why is that ?

i have 2x Palit GTX460 one is 768Mb one is 1024Mb.. they are very good ..

and i will get another one, ones i have the cash for it....

02-11-2010, 08:04:25

thestepster
the cyclones arent cooler than a reference thats for sure prob a bit hotter but what they go for is silence they are much quieter than a reference design in that respect

09-11-2010, 16:23:18

Black
Is it possible to plug Monitor to the second card in SLI (bottom one)? or it has to be first one?
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