EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

Test Setup

Intel Core i7 930 @ 3.6 GHz
6GB Kingston Hyper-X T1
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Corsair AX1200w
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Prolimatech Armageddon with Arctic MX-3
2 x EVGA GTX460 768MB in SLI

We're also comparing against a single GTX460 so you can get a feel for what you would get until you could afford a second, should you choose to go down that route. Naturally we're sticking the GTX480 in too. Is two small cards better than one big one?

Overclocking and Temperatures

The reference GTX460 has become quite an overclocking beast and we managed to increase the core speed all the way from 675MHz up to a very respectable 862MHz.

There are still going to be obvious architectural limitations but the increase in core and shader speed should give us a nice performance boost so we'll be testing with them both at this speed.

The most surprising thing is that even overclocked and backed up against each other in SLI they still remained relatively cool. A far cry from the big GTX480 anyway.

So is this trying to make a silk purse out of two sows ears or a hidden gem waiting to be discovered? Let's get testing.

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Most Recent Comments

17-09-2010, 05:19:10

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 Quote

17-09-2010, 05:35:03

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

17-09-2010, 05:46:07

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


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.Quote

17-09-2010, 05:52:08

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 !Quote

17-09-2010, 05:57:35

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.Quote

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