Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review
By now I'm sure most of our regular readers are familiar with our test setup. However, for anyone new to OC3D, welcome and here we are :
Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 930 @ 3.6GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3
Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample
The 460GS was a delight to overclock. Despite already being above the standard core speed we managed to eke another 175MHz out of the core before artifacts started appearing.
If that wasn't impressive enough take a look at that shader speed; 1750MHz. Shaders are linked to the core, so if we overclock 175MHz on the core, we'll get 350MHz on the shaders. However it's another thing that can affect overclock stability so we're pleased it held up.
Heating could be the subtitle of the early Fermi cards. Thankfully manufacturers have taken to the task of attempting to tame that heat into a manageable level. Gainward are no exception and the cooler on the GTX460 Golden Sample really keeps the card under control both at stock and overclocked.