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.
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