Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review

Introduction and Technical Specs

Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review


Gainward have been around as a company for over 25 years. However it's perhaps in the last decade, since their merger with Palit and the explosion in the PC Hardware market, that they've been a big name amongst the enthusiasts.

Their "Golden Sample" range was one of the first regularly overclocked and updated manufacturer variants of reference design graphics cards, regularly winning awards and being near the top of the performance charts.

Although many of us know them from many moons ago, most of you will know them from the last generation of graphics cards in which they produced many versions of the Radeon R700 cards and especially the nVidia GTX280 and GTX285. The Gainward "Goes Like Hell" edition was certainly one of the most up-front names since the Mitsubishi FQ. No you don't need a trip to your urologist, just the desire for a good performance product.

For the current generation though they have been a little quiet. But now they are back with a bang, both on the marketplace and here on, with the GTX460 Golden Sample.

Technical Specifications

If you've not been along to the Gainward site recently, then you'll have missed their overhaul and new logo. A very easy to navigate site that, most enjoyably, includes data for their old models too. Anyone who has tried to find information on their current card when updating, or discover what that dusty one is in their loft, will be thankful for a company who aren't so obsessed with "the new" that they forget their heritage.

So what does the 460GS bring us? Firstly we have 2GB of memory to help any potential frame buffer limitations, as well as a small overclock up to 700MHz. 

Product Name  :    Gainward GeForce® GTX 460 2GB "GS"
Barcode  :    4260183361220
GPU  :    GeForce GTX 460
GPU Clockspeed  :    700 Mhz
Memory  :    2048MB GDDR5 (256bits)
Memory Clockspeed  :    1800 Mhz
Bandwidth  :    115.2 GB/s
Ramdac  :    400 Mhz
Bus  :    PCI Express 2.0
Cooling  :    2-slot FAN
Video-Features  :    HDMI
Connectivity  :    Dual DVI + VGA


Gainward have also fitted the 460GS with an improved cooler, so let's take a look.

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Most Recent Comments

25-08-2010, 08:03:56

Nice review Tom

I like it. Bit odd going with a red PCB and fan but I guess green isn't possible

Performs well too. Maybe one day I will get one for my other rig.Quote

25-08-2010, 10:47:04

Any chance you could show two of these overclocked in SLI? I want to get two GTX460's soon to replace my GTX280. I am upgrading my motherboard , cpu and ram soon also.Quote

25-08-2010, 10:48:50

Originally Posted by steve30x View Post

Any chance you could show two of these overclocked in SLI? I want to get two GTX460's soon to replace my GTX280. I am upgrading my motherboard , cpu and ram soon also.
Sadly no. We only have one of these. But there is a 460 SLi review coming in the next few weeks.Quote

25-08-2010, 11:34:42

No problem. It will be a few weeks away yet before I do an upgrade anyway. From the reviews I have seen on the GTX460 its slightly slower than my GTX280 which I have overclocked. I am upgrading on a budget , so the motherboard will be sub 200 euro P55 and low priced ram with a cheap I5. I would do better but I dont have much money. I am not worried about the PCI Express bandwidth of 8X x 8X after seeing This review

PS Posting a reply on the review page gives a 404 errorrQuote

25-08-2010, 16:08:10

Great review and video, Tom please email me your direct address so that I can send you a insect killer as a personal gift from me (I’m serious), mate thousands of people view you every day the bug situation is shameless and my mates were having a laugh and I was very insulted because OV3D are like my family so please don’t take offence.


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