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Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB graphics card review

by Parm Mann on 18 August 2010, 09:00 4.0

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Introduction

NVIDIA's Fermi may have gotten off to a shaky start early in 2010, but the latest mid-range iteration - the GeForce GTX 460 - has hit a sweet spot.

The card, available in both 786MB and 1GB flavours, offers decent performance at the sub-£200 price point, and there's no shortage of custom designs on the market.

We've had a look at a stock-clocked card from ZOTAC and a heavily-overclocked alternative from KFA2, but how about something in between?

That's where the Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB slots in.

Featuring a GF104 core, the card comes pre-overclocked at 750MHz for the GPU, 1,500MHz for the 336 CUDA cores and an effective 3,800MHz for the 1GB GDDR5 frame buffer.

Compared to NVIDIA's reference speeds - 675MHz, 1,350MHz and 3,600MHz, respectively - that's a very healthy all-round-average bump of nine per cent.

Inno3D's custom design is a bit of a looker, too. A few branded stickers help bring a touch of colour to the black plastic shroud, but it's the translucent smoky-grey fan that's the highlight.

Measuring 90mm in size, the fan keeps noise levels at a minimum - more on that later - whilst providing decent airflow to the aluminium heatsink and dual copper heatpipes housed underneath.

A single SLI connector permits two-way GTX 460 action, and at 210mm in length, the card's the same size as NVIDIA's reference design. That's almost 60mm shorter than the top-end GTX 480, remember.

Not a whole lot to see at the rear, but it's a shame Inno3D didn't finish the PCB in black. Surprising, too, when you consider that the company's stock-clocked model does feature an all-black board.

Sticking to NVIDIA's default layout, Inno3D's dual-slot card offers a pair of dual-link DVI ports and a mini-HDMI connector.

Housed at the opposite end are the card's two required six-pin PCIe power connectors.

It's a seemingly well-rounded offering, but at £185 it demands a £15 premium over a stock-clocked alternative. And Inno3D's lacklustre bundle - featuring only a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a molex-to-PCIe power cable and a driver disc - hardly stands out from the crowd.

Nonetheless, 3D performance and low noise could be what sets the Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC apart. Let's take a closer look.