TechSpot: Palit and Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 boards reviewed

Having written numerous articles comparing the current breed of GPUs from Nvidia and ATI, you likely know the drill by now. Nvidia finally readied Fermi-based graphics cards last March and while the release saw them take the performance crown back home, the battle didn't go without casualties. In fact, even today we would argue Nvidia doesn't have a completely dominant product because ATI, in most instances, is still offering better value.

What Nvidia desperately needed is a new graphics card that could provide serious value, and they may finally be up to task with the release of the GeForce GTX 460. Rumors have been circulating for weeks now, and if you cared enough to pay attention then you know this GPU is based on a revised, cut-down version of the original Fermi chip, code-named GF104.

Today we are reviewing two retail offerings based on the new GeForce GTX 460 GPU. From Palit we received the 1GB version of the card and from Inno3D we have the 768MB variant. Besides memory capacity, these differ in memory bus width and of course, price. The least expensive version is expected to sell for just $200, and perhaps most importantly, the GF104 chip revision is meant to be a much more efficient number cruncher. With a TDP rating of just 160 watts for the 1GB version, if this number hold true it would make the GTX 460 more power conscious than the Radeon HD 5830.

Read: Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum & Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 Review

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burnsflipper said,
I think I found the one to switch after my 8800GT too bad it will be a long time before it arrives in Argentina

ebay it

Personally I have a 2x GTX 480 and I love it. Always have been and always will be an nVidia fan. I've had too much trouble with both AMD and ATI in the past to ever try switching back again. Hopefully these cards will allow those who don't want to spend as much money as us 480 owners a chance to experience awesome performance.

Intel and nVidia all the way.

Conjor said,
Do you have money burning a hole in your pocket or something?!?! 2x 480s... That's at least a grand right there.
Check out the EVGA forums, you'll find guys with Triple or Quad SLI 480 rigs that are water cooled. Factor in that many of them have the Intel i7 Extreme cpu and crazy PSU's and water cooling rigs.

I wish I had money like that to burn!

Conjor said,
Do you have money burning a hole in your pocket or something?!?! 2x 480s... That's at least a grand right there.

I rather have to pay a little more than have crappy ATI drivers in Linux and crappy OpenGL drivers by ATI. nVidia has never personally let me down. Had awesome drivers in both Windows and Linux. I've had ATI 3 times and always has crappy support for it. No DRI in Linux, or they just won't work, or sluggish rendering.

Until ATI gets it's **** together I will not use it for anything.

ATI is due for a refresh ...

AMD ATI is too quiet ... I'm hoping they have a new GPU coming out?

I still prfer ATI over Nvidia ... ATI drivers have improved over the years
greatly. Only time will tell .... I'll wait till Jan, 2011 before I due another
upgrade....

GenBlood said,
ATI is due for a refresh ...

AMD ATI is too quiet ... I'm hoping they have a new GPU coming out?

I still prfer ATI over Nvidia ... ATI drivers have improved over the years
greatly. Only time will tell .... I'll wait till Jan, 2011 before I due another
upgrade....


I would like to see what they will come out with next because I find ATI tend to have smaller cards then Nvidia. I wanted a 5770 so I could get a smaller case but couldn't justify it over my GTX 260 but a 6770 maybe.

this card is a serious contender to ATI's card, and I'm glad for that, I¡m expecting prices to drop in the several weeks

Singh400 said,
So tempted to upgrade, but my 9800GTX+ is still going strong.

same here.......power reqs are getting silly and compare the specs of what's available, I'm seriously considering an ATI card for the first time.