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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 Super Overclock graphics card review

by Parm Mann on 29 October 2010, 17:42 4.5

Tags: GeForce GTX 460 Super Overclock, Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Test methodology

On paper, the core specification of Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 460 SOC suggests that performance is going to be practically identical to the recently-reviewed KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 LTD OC - the two cards are separated by a mere 5MHz.

But there's more to the benchmarks than speed alone. The Gigabyte card currently costs £15 less and should perform well in our temperature and noise tests.

More importantly, the fiercely-contested mid-range space has recently been infiltrated by AMD's Radeon HD 6850 and 6870 - both of which offer performance and features in spades for just £150 and £195, respectively.

You'll no doubt want to see how they all compare, so we've a total of 14 GPUs included in today's roundup. The details of each - along with descriptions of our test suite and benchmarks - can be found below.

GPU comparisons

Graphics cards Approx. pricing GPU clock (MHz) Stream processors Shader clock (MHz) Memory clock (MHz) Memory bus (bits) Graphics driver
ASUS GeForce GTX 480 1,536MB £350 700 480 1,401 3,698 384 ForceWare 260.89
ASUS GeForce GTX 470 1,280MB £200 607 448 1,215 3,348 320 ForceWare 260.89
ASUS GeForce GTX 465 1,024MB £170 607 352 1,215 3,206 256 ForceWare 260.89
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 SOC 1,024MB £175 815 336 1,630 4,000 256 ForceWare 260.89
KFA2 GeForce GTX 460 LTD OC 1,024MB
£190 810 336  1,620 4,000 256  ForceWare 260.89
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1,024MB
£155 675 336  1,350 3,600 256  ForceWare 260.89
POV GeForce GTX 460 TGT UC 768MB £170 824 336  1,648 4,020 192  ForceWare 260.89
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB £135 675 336  1,350 3,600 192  ForceWare 260.89
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1,024MB £275 850 1,600 850 4,800 256  Catalyst 10.10P
HIS Radeon HD 5850 1,024MB £210 725 1,440  725 4,000 256  Catalyst 10.10P
HIS Radeon HD 6870 1,024MB £195 900 1,120 900 4,200 256 Catalyst 10.10P
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1,024MB £150 775 960 775 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.10P
Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 1,024MB £165 800 1,120 800 4,000 256 Catalyst 10.10P
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1,024MB £110 850 800 850 4,800 128 Catalyst 10.10P

Test bench

CPU Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Edition (3.33GHz, 12MB L3 cache, hexa-core, LGA1366 - Turbo Boost enabled)
Motherboard ASUS P6X58D Premium
Motherboard BIOS 1002
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 Force F80 SSD
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage DX10, Run at the 'high' preset and overall, GPU and Feature Test 4 scores noted
Unigine Heaven DX11, 1,920x1,080, various tessellation modes
Aliens vs. Predator DX11, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 2xAA, 16xAF, very high quality.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DX9, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, ultra quality, FRAPS-recorded benchmark.
Just Cause 2 DX10, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, 4xAA, 16xAF, Dark Tower benchmark
Mafia II DX9, 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,080 and 2,560x1,600 resolutions, AA on, 16x AF, built-in benchmark
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and whilst playing Call of Duty: MW2. 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 Call of Duty: MW2. 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.