nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 Review

Testbed, Temperatures & Overclocking


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition
Gigabyte MA770T UD3P Motherboard
4GB Corsair Dominator GT DDR3-1600 C7 AM3
Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB SATA II Hard Disk Drive
nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5
Samsung 22x DVD+/-RW SATA
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Forceware 258.96 Drivers



In order to determine maximum load temperatures, we run Furmark's stability test for an extended period of time. The test is carried out with the graphics card operating with automatic fan control but also at 50% fixed fan duty for a fair test. 


What an improvement! With the graphics card set to automatic fan control, we reached a maximum temperature of 66*c with a maximum fan speed of 46%. The cooling mechanism was not noticeable over our low RPM 120mm fans, suggesting that the cooler is very quiet indeed. Raising the fan speed to 50% saw a mild temperature drop however a slight whine could be heard from the graphics card. On the basis that our testbed is an open air system, we would gather that under standard conditions its fan would not be noticeable.


The fun didn't end with the temperatures as our GTX 460 proved to be an eager overclocker! Following a number of steady increments, we finally found ourselves with a smoking 864MHz on core, 1728MHz on shaders and 3824MHz on memory. This overclock was verified as stable and will be included in the results that follow.

nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5

Do note that GPU-Z currently misreads the Stream Processor count of the GTX 460 as 224. Our sample definitely comes equipped with 336 stream processors.  

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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2010, 05:50:15

Best thing I've seen NVidia do all year imo. If I were looking to upgrade whilst staying in the green camp, this is the obvious choice. Will you be getting in a 1GB version to test and compare as well?Quote

16-07-2010, 05:52:05

I would have thought we would yes matey, but Ive got nothing secured as we speak. Will deffo happen soon though.Quote

16-07-2010, 05:55:49

Great review, well done Mul, great price too from CPL at scan and overclockers the cheapest is 152£ seams that nvidia have come up with actually something worth buying but ATI will definitely bring their prices down on certain cards to compete with this card so don’t be hasty guys.Quote

16-07-2010, 05:56:11

Awesome dude! Thanks very much Quote

16-07-2010, 05:59:54

this is definitely of massive interest to me on both fronts (thanks to tom and mul for the [email protected] bit) does 10k overclocked on an OEM card im lookin at the asus with the volt mod for a bigger overclock and gettin 2 of them to run sli in games when i eventually turn off [email protected] for some gamin, another thing i was thinkin what was the power consumption of the cards when they were overclocked i was reading some pretty high numbers on other sites and it would definately need a new psu if its true

would also love to see how these compare to a gtx480 when they are in sli

once again guys amazing review and has basically cemented my decision on buying 2 of these

EDIT: there is 2 brands of this card i was reading on futuremark u might want to avoid the palit and gainward ones (palit owns gainward?) they are what seems to be strangly shipping without ANY VRM heatsinks?Quote

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