Introducing the Cards (contd.)
The MSI N460GTX Hawk
After the MSI GTX 460 Cyclone, we now have the MSI N460GTX Hawk. The N460GTX Hawk is an improvement over the earlier seen Cyclone by having higher clock speeds and the more effective Twin Frozr II cooler. In terms of clock speeds, the N460GTX Hawk comes in at 780MHz at the core and 1560MHz at the shaders, a significant improvement over the Cyclone’s equivalent 728MHz and 1455MHz. Both cards’ memory clock speeds remains at 3600MHz DDR.
What’s also unique about the MSI N460GTX Hawk is that it is the first card to support what MSI calls “Triple Over-Voltage”, which lets users adjust core, memory and PLL voltage values. And MSI claims this card is able to reach an unbelievable 1GHz at the core by air-cooling alone. This is something we will have to see for ourselves. Stay tuned to our findings later in the article.
The Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum
Palit is the parent company of Gainward, and the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum, is a carbon copy of aforementioned Gainward GTX 460 Golden Sample GLH. Like the Gainward card, the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum has the same core, shader and memory clock speeds of 800MHz, 1600MHz and 4000MHz DDR respectively. The cooler is also identical save for the less different cover.
The Palit card also has the same twin DVI, single HDMI and VGA video output ports as the Gainward cards. The inclusion of the VGA port is new as previous Palit Fermi cards had a DisplayPort instead of a VGA port. Perhaps as a high-end mainstream card, Palit thought that users would find a VGA port more useful as opposed to a DisplayPort.