Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review

Test Setup

By now I'm sure most of our regular readers are familiar with our test setup. However, for anyone new to OC3D, welcome and here we are :

Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 930 @ 3.6GHz
Corsair AX1200w
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3
Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample


The 460GS was a delight to overclock. Despite already being above the standard core speed we managed to eke another 175MHz out of the core before artifacts started appearing.

If that wasn't impressive enough take a look at that shader speed; 1750MHz. Shaders are linked to the core, so if we overclock 175MHz on the core, we'll get 350MHz on the shaders. However it's another thing that can affect overclock stability so we're pleased it held up.

Gainward GTX460 Golden Sample Review


Heating could be the subtitle of the early Fermi cards. Thankfully manufacturers have taken to the task of attempting to tame that heat into a manageable level. Gainward are no exception and the cooler on the GTX460 Golden Sample really keeps the card under control both at stock and overclocked.

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Most Recent Comments

25-08-2010, 08:03:56

Nice review Tom

I like it. Bit odd going with a red PCB and fan but I guess green isn't possible

Performs well too. Maybe one day I will get one for my other rig.Quote

25-08-2010, 10:47:04

Any chance you could show two of these overclocked in SLI? I want to get two GTX460's soon to replace my GTX280. I am upgrading my motherboard , cpu and ram soon also.Quote

25-08-2010, 10:48:50

Originally Posted by steve30x View Post

Any chance you could show two of these overclocked in SLI? I want to get two GTX460's soon to replace my GTX280. I am upgrading my motherboard , cpu and ram soon also.
Sadly no. We only have one of these. But there is a 460 SLi review coming in the next few weeks.Quote

25-08-2010, 11:34:42

No problem. It will be a few weeks away yet before I do an upgrade anyway. From the reviews I have seen on the GTX460 its slightly slower than my GTX280 which I have overclocked. I am upgrading on a budget , so the motherboard will be sub 200 euro P55 and low priced ram with a cheap I5. I would do better but I dont have much money. I am not worried about the PCI Express bandwidth of 8X x 8X after seeing This review

PS Posting a reply on the review page gives a 404 errorrQuote

25-08-2010, 16:08:10

Great review and video, Tom please email me your direct address so that I can send you a insect killer as a personal gift from me (I’m serious), mate thousands of people view you every day the bug situation is shameless and my mates were having a laugh and I was very insulted because OV3D are like my family so please don’t take offence.


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