Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI (GeForce GTX 460)
Posted on: 08/10/2010 12:24 AM
This time last month we were taking the wraps off some new GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards, so it is only fitting that we take the time to check out another great GeForce GTX 460 product, this time from Gigabyte. The Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI comes factory overclocked and fitted with an upgraded cooler, so it is certainly worth checking out...
Despite the awesome power of the GeForce GTX 400 series, this latest generation of GPUs has not been a raging success for Nvidia. Although the GeForce GTX 480 is able to stick it to ATI in terms of performance, its price, thermals and power efficiency are all working against it. The GeForce GTX 470 also suffered from all of the same problems, despite providing reasonably impressive performance.
Just two months after releasing the initial GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 graphics cards, Nvidia came up with the GeForce GTX 465 which was a huge failure in our opinion and therefore we decided to skip it. Making the GeForce GTX 465 look silly was the recently released GeForce GTX 460, which came just two months after.
The GeForce GTX 460 has become an important product for Nvidia, as it is the only sensible member of the GeForce GTX 400 series. The GeForce GTX 460 is the perfect graphics card, delivering solid performance in all games while maintaining excellent operating efficiency and best of all it represents unbeatable value.
Since the release of the GeForce GTX 460 we have seen the Radeon HD 5830 drop down to $200 US, where it matches the price of the GTX 460 (768MB). Despite the price drop we still preferred the GeForce GTX 460 over the Radeon HD 5830, as even the cheaper 768MB version was found to be faster.
However the 1GB version is faster again, though at $230 US it does not represent quite the same level of value as the cheaper 768MB version does. That said, we feel for $30 more the 1GB version might have more legs in it and could stand the test of time a little better.
While the GeForce GTX 460 is a force to be reckoned with when operating at the default Nvidia specification, we have also found an incredible amount of overclocking headroom in these new GPUs. Therefore it is not surprising to find that manufacturers are dishing up overclocked versions, though most come at a price premium.
That said, it is possible to come across products such as the Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI which cost no more than a standard GeForce GTX 460, yet have a whole lot more on offer. Although the GV-N460OC-1GI only features a mild 6% overclock, Gigabyte has priced this product at just $230 US, placing it amongst the cheapest GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards available. Better yet, this graphics card features an improved cooler for better thermals and quieter operating volumes. Read on as we check the Gigabyte GV-N460OC-1GI out in more detail.
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