nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 Review
Folding@Home GPU3 Client
In the second quarter of 2008, the Folding@Home group launched their first CUDA supporting protein folding client. Having fully harnessed the capabilities of stream processing, the client remains to be many times faster than similarly priced processors. However recently we saw the release of the GPU3 client, offering full support for GF100/GF104 GTX 400 series graphics cards. With 336 stream processors at our disposal, lets see what it has to offer!
While we were unable to process the same work unit twice for a fair test, both projects were 611 points in value. Our £150 GTX 460 is throwing higher PPD figures than the mighty GTX 285 and after verifying our overclock, we were able to exceed the 10000PPD barrier. For those who want a mid range F@H cruncher, then this is it.
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Recently Unigine produced the fantastic Heaven Benchmark. Based around a ficticious floating village the benchmark makes full use of the Direct X 11 API, most notably with the implementation of Hardware Tesselation.
The Heaven benchmark is awfully demanding but regardless, nVidia's new midrange offering has come out of it with pleasing results.
3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.
nVidia certainly tend to have the edge in 3DMark Vantage, however these results are commendable regardless. Note that once overclocked, the overall GTX 460 score is entering the realms of faster graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 5850.