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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - Mainstream Fermi Done Right

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 - Mainstream Fermi Done Right



Test Setup

Test Setup

The cards will be tested using our high-end X58 system with the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 OCZ memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

In terms of technical specifications, the GeForce GTX 460 is highly comparable to the GeForce GTX 465, so it'll be interesting to see how the two SKUs will match up. It'll also be intriguing to see where it stands against the more powerful GeForce GTX 470 too.

Considering its launch price, the GeForce GTX 460 is in the same league as the Radeon HD 5830 and close to the Radeon HD 5770, so we'll be looking at their performance closely.

To round up our analysis, we have also added the Radeon HD 5850 and the GeForce GTX 285 into our mix of results.

The full list of tested cards and their driver versions:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.80)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.80)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 1GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 257.21)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 257.21)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB GDDR3 (ForceWare 257.21)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.6)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.5)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 10.5)

The list of benchmark used are as follows:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Warhammer: Dawn of War 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • “Heaven" from Unigine v1.0
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat