After you've written numerous articles comparing the current generation of GPUs from Nvidia and ATI, you probably already know the drill. Nvidia was finally preparing Fermi-based graphics cards in March last year, and while the release brought home the performance crown, the battle was not without losses. In fact, even today we would still argue that Nvidia does not have a fully dominant product as ATI still offers better value in most cases.
The GeForce GTX 480 is still an expensive card and costs about $ 100 more than the Radeon HD 5870, which is not a problem in comparison. The GeForce GTX 480 also turned out to be a hot and hungry graphics card. Yes, the card is a powerhouse, but be aware that it delivers the highest numbers on all fronts including energy usage and temperature levels.
Recent driver updates have optimized the performance of the latest GeForce lineup, and much stronger SLI gains over Crossfire have made the GTX 480 a hardcore gamer favorite regardless of its shortcomings.
Finally, with the GeForce GTX 480 priced at $ 500 and the GTX 470 priced at $ 350, Nvidia saw the need to fill the void behind these two cards. The GeForce GTX 465 launched less than two months ago with a suggested retail price of $ 280, around $ 20 below the Radeon HD 5850.
But how good was that for a phone call? The GTX 465 suffers from the same problems as its bigger brothers. Compared to the Radeon HD 5850, it is louder, more power hungry and slower. In other words, the GTX 465 helps bridge that general price gap, but it does a pretty bad job.
What Nvidia badly needed was a new graphics card that could offer some serious value, and it could finally handle the GeForce GTX 460 release. Rumors have been around for weeks, and if you've paid enough attention to your attention, then you know this GPU is based on a redesigned, pared-back version of the original Fermi chip, codenamed GF104.
Today we're reviewing two retail offerings based on the new GeForce GTX 460 GPU. We received the 1 GB version of the card from Palit and the 768 MB version from Inno3D. In addition to the memory capacity, these differ in the memory bus width and of course in price.
The lowest cost version is expected to sell for just $ 200, and perhaps most importantly, the GF104 chip revision is said to be a much more efficient numbers breaker. With a TDP of just 160 watts for the 1 GB version, the GTX 460 would, if this number be correct, be more performance-conscious than the Radeon HD 5830.
Before we jump to the benchmark results, we'll take a closer look at the GeForce GTX 460 GPU on the next page and then give you a brief overview of the different offerings we have from Palit and Inno3D today. Continue reading…