Introducing the Cards (contd.)
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC
The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460 OC features the company’s WindForce cooler, which is basically the same inclined fan design that we’ve seen on some of their new custom-designed cards. The specially-designed fan is said to minimize turbulence between the two fans, which in turn helps promote better air ventilation and hence cooling.
The card also features Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable VGA component such as ferrite core chokes, solid capacitors and a 2oz copper PCB (following their successful formula on their motherboards business) for better overall performance, and power and cooling efficiency.
And lastly, the card comes factory overclocked at a more modest 715MHz at the core, while memory remains unchanged at 3600MHz DDR.
Sparkle GeForce GTX 460
The Sparkle GeForce GTX 460 is perhaps the plainest card here, sporting NVDIA’s reference design cooler. It is also only mildly overclocked, having received just only a 25MHz bump to the core bringing it up to 700MHz. Memory clock speeds have been left untouched at 3600MHz DDR.