TechSpot: GeForce GTX 460 SLI performance review

When wrapping up our initial GeForce GTX 460 coverage on launch day we mentioned the interesting thought of running two 1GB cards in SLI which would cost a whisker less than $500. This matches the price of a single GeForce GTX 480 that on paper would appear to be the slower alternative.

Those looking for top notch gaming performance without having to spend more than $400 will likely be interested in what the GeForce GTX 460 (768MB) SLI configuration has to offer. At $400 the GeForce duo will be slightly more expensive than a single Radeon HD 5870, which recently received a slight price drop and can now be found in the $370 range. Then further up the ATI ladder we have the Radeon HD 5970 at $670, it will be interesting to see how the GeForce GTX 460 SLI cards compare.

Despite our reluctance in recommending dual graphics cards as an upfront solution in the past, recent tests have showed SLI scales very well in a huge variety of games nowadays. So are GeForce GTX 460 SLI cards the killer combination for PC gamers today? We'll find out next.

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The GeForce 460 is a revisit of the GeForce 6600 GT, low cost, great performance and when SLI'ed run better than the top performer and is cheaper.

kukubau said,
If I'd like to fry me a chicken I'd but a 460.
460 is cooler than it's ati equivalents, which are especially cool compared to previous generations.
even on the hottest video card at peak in furmark you couldn't cook an egg let alone a chicken if you left it like that all day.

although they have improved in btoh their openness and methodology's, techspot's cpu reviews leave alot to be desired imho. 60s in game cut scene fraps benchmarking is not a sound way to get good results. 5 minutes per run is more like it, over 3 runs after a first run you don't take results from to rule out the level loading into memory.
still i like how they test a variety of games, so people have a good idea of how these cards might work and sli scaling vs cross fire scaling in more than just the reviewer favourites.
i also wonder where they get some of this info they use in their conclusion. they claim a 480 will never drop under 60c at idle, and yet mine idles at around 55c on autofan in a good case.
as well there have been 5870s at $370 usd for quite a while, but the good ones still cost more than $400 as of last week.
still like i said, better than the last techspot gpu review i read that underwent 6 major edits in less than week due to testing errors and other issues with far worse methodologies than seen in this one. even if it is late to the 460 review party, at least they took the time to get it right this time.

Not sure where you are coming from with those claims treemonster. You are entitled to your own opinion, but regarding methodology we go well beyond what a majority of other sites do to benchmark CPUs and graphics cards and make sure those scores are representative of actual performance. Not surprisingly though, many tend to skip the page where we explain in detail those methods and settings (usually the second page in a performance review).

Also I have no clue about the last TechSpot GPU review that "underwent 6 major edits." The last review I can remember where we had to rectify something was back in June when we retested Just Cause 2 (and only that game) for our Nvidia GeForce GTX 480/470 vs. ATI Radeon HD 5870/5850 shootout. At least we took the time to make things right and we did so within 24 hours of publication.

Well i paid 460$CAD for both my Gigabyte 1gb OC GTX 460 and it's the best move i've ever done. Coming from crossfire 5850, had all kind of graphic glitch in AvP (lots of stuttering) and in Metro 2033. Glad i made the change. The 5870 is still 414$ (cheapest) in Canada i could find, making it 828$CAD in Xfire almost the double..

I have the PALIT card in the picture above. All I can say is that the fan blades are brittle as hell.../sadface

Wombatt said,
If anybody's interested in doing this,
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...-my-new-twin-lovely-ladies/
This guy did it, and he doesn't look back!
He was persuaded bu the TechSpot article too!

This guy is This Guy! LOL And indeed, I am absolutely loving them.
and actually I was inspired by the Tom's Hardware review, I think this is a slightly different review right?
Nevertheless, happy to see another positive review of my setup. Although I am fully convinced I made a great one, it just reinforces my decision.

Anaron said,
If I were to build a computer right now, I'd buy two of these bad boys without any hesitation.

That's what im doing... probably... if i have the patience i'll wait until AMD releases the 6000-series though.

Anaron said,
If I were to build a computer right now, I'd buy two of these bad boys without any hesitation.

i would definitely consider a 460 sli configuration if i had built my newest pc this month instead of in march/april, despite preferring single gpu configurations.

I can vouch for the temps of these cards also, 35c at idle, 55-60c at load. Excellent cooling on these cards. A 10c Improvement over the 280GTX I had. Recommended in my boat.

I wonder how SLI handles multiple monitor configurations. I haven't been interested in trying SLI, but now that I need a second video card to add a third screen I might revisit the idea.

Frazell Thomas said,
I wonder how SLI handles multiple monitor configurations. I haven't been interested in trying SLI, but now that I need a second video card to add a third screen I might revisit the idea.
except for newer ati cards(5000 series) and speciality cards(iirc matrox?) it's always been like that- needing 2 cards for for more than 2 monitors. spanning games across more than 2 monitors is what's really new though. and for that you'd usually need sli or cf anyway due to the resolution increase.

As I'm sure Mr. Dirty Larry can attest, running two 460s in SLI is a great set up.

But, is anyone else extremely agitated by the fact that they didn't use identical 460 cards? It's purely an aesthetic opinion, but it drives me nuts when people use dissimmilar videocards in the same computer.

/nerdrage

Anaron said,
I'm not agitated at all. If it were my video cards, I'd be happy as long as the specs are identical.
As long as they have identical specs, everything should work fine. I was just commenting on my OCD about having symmetrical and/or uniform hardware in my computers. (and secretly hoping I wasn't the only one )

spacer said,
As long as they have identical specs, everything should work fine. I was just commenting on my OCD about having symmetrical and/or uniform hardware in my computers. (and secretly hoping I wasn't the only one )

I have to totally agree with you. I hate 'odd' parts in custom builds. I've been running dual monitors for approx 7 years now and I've always bought the same monitors each time. I've also always bought the same HDD if possible (obviously different when the size changes).
I fully understand that a different branded card might have the same specs but it just looks much nicer to have the same card side by side.

spacer said,
As long as they have identical specs, everything should work fine. I was just commenting on my OCD about having symmetrical and/or uniform hardware in my computers. (and secretly hoping I wasn't the only one )

OCD is one thing, but I have to ask...do you leave the side of your PC open and look at it all the time? If someone's got two different cards in his system and doesn't tell you about it, and you don't open up the case...does it (somehow) bother you?

460s have been the coolest cards I've seen for a while 33 idle, 73 load, and fan speed only needs to go to around 65% compared to 80-100% on the 260 I had

aarste said,
460s have been the coolest cards I've seen for a while 33 idle, 73 load, and fan speed only needs to go to around 65% compared to 80-100% on the 260 I had

Are you living under the rock then?

aarste said,
460s have been the coolest cards I've seen for a while 33 idle, 73 load, and fan speed only needs to go to around 65% compared to 80-100% on the 260 I had

yah... my 260 maxcore is VEEEEEERY hot as well. can't touch the backplate while gaming and the fan just spins like crazy. Good thing I'm not too much of a gamer.

aarste said,
460s have been the coolest cards I've seen for a while 33 idle, 73 load, and fan speed only needs to go to around 65% compared to 80-100% on the 260 I had

My Zotac synergy edition Idles at around 28° and the highest it's went is 54° playing Crysis at max settings with 60% fan speed, whereas the 260 was idling at 53° and 76° on Crysis at 80% fan speed, I was actually amazed when I got the 460! Couldn't believe who cool it ran.