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EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SC SLI Video Card Review
|Date:||Fri, Jul 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
GeForce GTX 460 SLI Benchmarking
On Monday we showed you in our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 video card launch article that the GTX 460 is the best performing DirectX 11 graphics card for under $229. The new GF104 'Fermi' core on this GPU was found to be very fast and the cards temperatures and overclocking performance numbers were amazing. When EVGA called us and asked us to review a pair of their EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked video cards in SLI we jumped at the chance. Can you blame us? Take a look at the SLI scaling performance that NVIDIA claims can be had.
NVIDIA is showing any where from 60-90% scaling on the GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards across a range of seven popular PC game titles. The chance to take two factory overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 cards for a test drive was something we were looking forward to doing since we got our hands on the 768MB and 1GB versions of the cards a couple weeks back.
We tried to SLI the original NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 reference cards, but we quickly found out that you can not mix and match the 768MB and 1024MB versions of the GTX 460. You can see from the screen capture above that the NVIDIA control panel that comes with Forceware 258.96 drivers would identify both cards and you could pick which one should do PhysX calculations, but you couldn't enable SLI.
It turns out that you have to run two GeForce GTX 460 video cards with matching amounts of GDDR5 memory in order for SLI to be enabled. We have half a dozen GeForce GTX 460 video cards here for testing and this proved true regardless the brand or driver version.
|Model Number|| Exhaust Type
|| Core Clock
EVGA currently offers seven different GeForce GTX 460 video
cards to pick from and the difference between the cards is the clock frequency
that they operate at, exhaust fan configuration, frame buffer size and the warranty length. The version that we will be looking at today is model
number 768-P3-1362-AR, which runs with a core clock rate of 763MHz and an effective GDDR5 memory
clock of 3.8GHz. This is a 13% increase on the core clock, which should significantly
improve performance when gaming. Our card is also based on the 'internal' NVIDIA reference cooling solution and since the model number ends in -AR the card is lifetime warrantied if we register it. With that said, let's dive right in and take a closer look at the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MBSuperClocked video card before we take a look at the benchmark numbers!
Next Page - The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked
Page 1 - GeForce GTX 460 SLI Benchmarking
Page 2 - The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked
Page 3 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 4 - Video Card Test System
Page 5 - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Page 6 - Resident Evil 5
Page 7 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 8 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 9 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 10 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 11 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 12 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 13 - Power Consumption
Page 14 - Temperature Testing
Page 15 - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB Overclocking
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions