EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

3D Mark Vantage and Unigine

EVGA GTX460 SLI Review

3D Mark Vantage

Wow. That is a shock. We hoped at best that the SLI setup would be close to the GTX480, but even at stock it's comprehensively better. It also scales very well being 6000 ahead at Performance, 4000 at High and 2000 at Extreme. Our overclock also manages give impressive results too, although at Extreme we can see the point at which the limitations of the architecture combine with the high anti-aliasing and detail levels to slow the gains down.



If 3D Mark was impressive, then Unigine made us stop in our tracks. The average frame-rate is nearly double that of the GTX480 when we overclock the 460s. In anybodys book that is a great result especially given how demanding Unigine is.

Zero Anti-Aliasing


8x Anti-Aliasing

Once the settings are bumped up to the maximum though we see the limitations that the card has when it comes to shaders and cores. The frame-rate drops dramatically, even the overclocked 460s falling underneath the GTX480.

Is this limitation replicated in gaming?

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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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