GeForce GTX 460 Roundup - Sparking NVIDIA's DX11 Revival

Introducing the Cards


The ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP is the Taiwanese hardware giant’s flagship GeForce GTX 460, so it comes as no surprise that it sports a wide range of high-end features. The card sports ASUS' latest DirectCU cooler, which we first saw on their EAH5850 DirectCU TOP card. The cooler on this card is unique in that it has three flattened copper heat pipes which are in direct contact with the GPU core for better heat dissipation and hence cooling efficiency.

Also, the card comes factory overclocked to a heady 775MHz at the core and 4000MHz DDR at the memory, which is certainly substantial considering a reference card has clock speeds of 675MHz at the core and 3600MHz DDR at the memory. On top of that, it also comes with ASUS' Voltage Tweak overclocking utility, which allows users to adjust GPU core voltage values to achieve higher clock speeds.

The ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP is slightly larger than the reference card thanks to the DirectCU cooler, which has a massive heatsink for better heat dissipation.

No surprises in terms of video output option as the ASUS card has the same twin DVI and single mini-HDMI ports as do most other GTX 400 series cards.

Three thick flat copper heat pipes are extended from the core of the heatsink to ensure that heat from the GPU core is quickly and evenly distributed to other parts of the large heatsink.


Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 Super OC

Galaxy was one of the first vendors to give us customized versions of NVIDIA’s latest Fermi cards (remember their GeForce GTX 470 GC version?) and they are back at it again with the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 Super OC. The card features the same detachable 'flip-fan' cooler that we’ve seen on their customized GeForce GTX 470, which allows users to gain quick access to the fan for easy cleaning and maintenance. Galaxy also claims that its cooler is quieter and also more efficient than the reference one.

The card won’t be called Super OC if it wasn’t significantly overclocked and so it is appropriate that the card is clocked at a heady 810MHz at the core, a 135MHz bump over a reference GeForce GTX 460. Memory clock speeds have also been given a substantial boost to 4000MHz DDR, up from 3600MHz DDR. And lastly, the card comes bundled with Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner HD overclocking utility, which is easy to use and allows users to adjust the all-important GPU core voltage values to attain higher clock speeds.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 Super OC sports a unique cooler which allows users to easily detach the fan for maintenance.

For video output, the Galaxy card offers two DVI ports and a single mini-HDMI port.

The fan can be detached like so for easy cleaning, ensuring dust-free operation.