nVidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 Review

[email protected] & Synthetic Benchmarks

[email protected] GPU3 Client

In the second quarter of 2008, the [email protected] group launched their first CUDA supporting protein folding client. Having fully harnessed the capabilities of stream processing, the client remains to be many times faster than similarly priced processors. However recently we saw the release of the GPU3 client, offering full support for GF100/GF104 GTX 400 series graphics cards. With 336 stream processors at our disposal, lets see what it has to offer!

While we were unable to process the same work unit twice for a fair test, both projects were 611 points in value. Our £150 GTX 460 is throwing higher PPD figures than the mighty GTX 285 and after verifying our overclock, we were able to exceed the 10000PPD barrier. For those who want a mid range [email protected] cruncher, then this is it.

Unigine Heaven Benchmark

Recently Unigine produced the fantastic Heaven Benchmark. Based around a ficticious floating village the benchmark makes full use of the Direct X 11 API, most notably with the implementation of Hardware Tesselation.

The Heaven benchmark is awfully demanding but regardless, nVidia's new midrange offering has come out of it with pleasing results.

3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is Futuremarks flagship gaming oriented benchmark at present and is considered to be a demanding one at that. Our tests were carried out under the "Performance" prefix.


nVidia certainly tend to have the edge in 3DMark Vantage, however these results are commendable regardless. Note that once overclocked, the overall GTX 460 score is entering the realms of faster graphics cards such as the Radeon HD 5850.

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Most Recent Comments

16-07-2010, 09:50:15

Best thing I've seen NVidia do all year imo. If I were looking to upgrade whilst staying in the green camp, this is the obvious choice. Will you be getting in a 1GB version to test and compare as well?Quote

16-07-2010, 09:52:05

I would have thought we would yes matey, but Ive got nothing secured as we speak. Will deffo happen soon though.Quote

16-07-2010, 09:55:49

Great review, well done Mul, great price too from CPL at scan and overclockers the cheapest is 152£ seams that nvidia have come up with actually something worth buying but ATI will definitely bring their prices down on certain cards to compete with this card so don’t be hasty guys.Quote

16-07-2010, 09:56:11

Awesome dude! Thanks very much Quote

16-07-2010, 09:59:54

this is definitely of massive interest to me on both fronts (thanks to tom and mul for the [email protected] bit) does 10k overclocked on an OEM card im lookin at the asus with the volt mod for a bigger overclock and gettin 2 of them to run sli in games when i eventually turn off [email protected] for some gamin, another thing i was thinkin what was the power consumption of the cards when they were overclocked i was reading some pretty high numbers on other sites and it would definately need a new psu if its true

would also love to see how these compare to a gtx480 when they are in sli

once again guys amazing review and has basically cemented my decision on buying 2 of these

EDIT: there is 2 brands of this card i was reading on futuremark u might want to avoid the palit and gainward ones (palit owns gainward?) they are what seems to be strangly shipping without ANY VRM heatsinks?Quote

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