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Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB graphics card review

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

Tags: Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB, Inno3D

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Test methodology

We're comparing Inno3D's pre-overclocked card with a complete range of mid-to-high-end cards from both AMD and NVIDIA.

The numbers suggest the card will fit in between the stock-clocked ZOTAC GTX 460 and the heavily-overclocked KFA2 model, but what's interesting is that the souped-up KFA2 GTX 460 LTD OC has fallen in price to an Inno3D-matching £185.

Bang4buck will favour the former, whilst the latter will have to rely on power consumption and noise being the deciding factors.

A complete breakdown of our comparison GPUs, test bench and benchmarks can be found below.

GPU comparisons

Graphics cards Current pricing Shader model Stream processors GPU clock speed (MHz) Shader clock speed (MHz) Memory clock speed (MHz) Memory bus width (bits) Graphics driver
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 480 1,536MB £360 5.0 480 700 1,401 3,698 384 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB £240 5.0 448 607 1,215 3,348 320 ForceWare 258.80
ASUS GeForce GTX 465 1,024MB £190 5.0 352 607 1,215 3,208 256 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 SLI 1,024MB £360 5.0 336 (x2) 675 1,350 3,600 256 (x2) ForceWare 258.80
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SC SLI 768MB £360 5.0 336 (x2) 763 1,526 3,800 192 (x2) ForceWare 258.80
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 LTD OC 1,024MB £185 5.0 336 810 1,620 4,000 256 ForceWare 258.80
Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1,024MB £185 5.0 336 750 1,500 3,800 256 ForceWare 258.80
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 1,024MB £180 5.0 336 675 1,350 3,600 256 ForceWare 258.80
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB £165 5.0 336 675 1,350 3,600 192 ForceWare 258.80
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XF 1,024MB £470 5.0 1,440 (x2) 725 725 4,000 256 (x2) Catalyst 10.6
HIS Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB £335 5.0 1,600 850 850 4,800 256 Catalyst 10.6
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1,024MB £235 5.0 1,440 725 725 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.6
Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1,024MB £170 5.0 1,120 800 800 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.6

Test bench

CPU Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (3.20GHz, 8MB L3 cache, quad-core, LGA1366 - Turbo Boost enabled)
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium
Motherboard BIOS 0808
Memory 6GB Corsair DDR3
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24-1T @ DDR3-1,600
PSU Corsair HX1000W
Monitor Dell 30in 3007WFP - 2,560x1,600px
Disk drive(s) Corsair Nova V128 SSD
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit

Benchmarks

Aliens vs. Predator DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 2xAA, 8xAF, very high quality.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, 16xAF, ultra quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DX9, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Crysis Warhead DX10, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, gamer quality, Frost map, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
DiRT 2 DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality, London map.
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. And, for a worst-case scenario, we throw in numbers from the Furmark stress test.
Power consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record mains power draw both when idle and whilst playing Crysis Warhead. And, for a worst-case scenario, we throw in numbers from the Furmark stress test.
Noise Albeit not scientific, we use the tried-and-trusted human ear to share an opinion on GPU noise.