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MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5/OC review

MSI N460GTX Cyclone - Kicking Up a Storm

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Performance:
8.5
Features:
8.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Decent performance out of box
Efficient cooler
Great overclocking potential
THE BAD
Comes with reference memory clock speeds


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

Naturally, we'll be comparing the MSI N460GTX Cyclone closely against the reference cards from NVIDIA. Given that the MSI card comes factory overclocked, we are expecting it to outperform the reference 768MB card from NVIDIA. However, it’ll be interesting to see if its performance will be able to match that of the 1GB reference card.

Another aspect that we’ll be playing close attention to is the performance of the custom Cyclone cooler from MSI and the card’s willingness to overclock.

The full list of tested cards and their driver versions:

  • MSI N465GTX Cyclone 768MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 258.96)
  • 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)
  • 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