Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review
The Golden Sample
Say it large and say it proud definitely seems to be the way to go with the Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample. Nobody who even glances at the box will be left in any doubt about what it is and what it does. It's nice to see the feature set such as 3D Vision and PhysX shown as wording around the edge, rather than the standard big square logo.
On the back we have everything we'd expect from a graphics card, lots of cool shots of things exploding. They certainly are the rock and roll of hardware. Just like if you go to a music shop the guy demonstrating the electric guitar always plays some mad riff rather than a bit of technically complex jazz, so graphics cards are all about making things go bang in a spectacular way.
One of the common things we talk about is how higher-end hardware always tends to be in black and red. If this is a theme you enjoy then Gainward most certainly have you covered as not only is the fan very red indeed, but the circuit board itself is red, which makes a nice change from the regulation black or green and reminds us of the Radeon 9700 and similar models.
Also on the board you can see the extra 1GB of memory on the reverse. Probably not wise to remove this whilst it's still hot.
At the connection ends of the card it's all fairly standard with twin DVI, a VGA and a HDMI adaptor. Power is provided by two PCI-6pin connectors.
Gainwards GS version differs from the standard cooler by having a higher specification fan in a centrally mounted position. Quite why all reference designs don't place the fan over the GPU is something that constantly amazes. Unlike a lot of non-reference designs the Golden Sample keeps the shroud that exhausts the hot air out the rear of your case, benefiting your whole system.
It's certainly attractive for a card not bristling with heatpipes and shiny copper. Time to see how it handles the heat.