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Monday, 12 July 2010 05:22

EVGA releases its GeForce GTX 460 lineup

Written by Jon Worrel

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Our friends over at EVGA have just announced their new Geforce GTX 460 lineup in celebration of the card’s worldwide launch today, complete with a whopping six-card lineup to appeal to a wide range of consumer budgets. This card is Nvidia’s first in a series of upcoming second-generation Fermi GPUs that will surface the market over the next year, and we are excited to learn that many of the company’s add-in board partners, including EVGA, are providing consumers with a variety of pricing options for this very anticipated graphics card.

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Over the years, EVGA has held a reputation for differentiating GPU models of the same product line with acronyms including SC (SuperClocked), SSC (SuperSuperClocked), FTW (For The Win) and Black Edition (before 2009). With the addition of the Geforce GTX 460 in its mainstream lineup, it is now adding yet another product differentiation acronym dubbed “EE” for External Exhaust. The company hopes this should allow customers to more easily identify the differences between a GPU of the same product line with a heatsink/fan combination that pushes exhaust air out the back of the card versus inside one that leaves exhaust air inside the system chassis.

First up on the list is the EVGA Geforce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1GB EE (01G-P3-1373-AR) with external exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 763MHz, a 1526MHz shader clock and a 3800MHz memory clock with 1024MB of 256-bit GDDR5 and 121.6GB/sec memory bandwidth. This card is EVGA’s flagship Geforce GTX 460 and is currently on pre-order for $249.99.

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Next up is the EVGA Geforce GTX 460 1GB EE (01G-P3-1371-AR) with external exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 675MHz, a 1350MHz shader clock and a 3600MHz memory clock with 1024MB of 256-bit GDDR5 and 115.2GB/sec memory bandwidth. This card is currently on pre-order and will be available soon for $239.99.

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EVGA has also gone out of its way to release four different 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 versions of the GTX 460. First on the list is the EVGA Geforce GTX 460 SuperClocked EE (768-P3-1363-TR) with external exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 763MHz, a 1526MHz shader clock and a 3600MHz memory clock with 768MB of 192-bit GDDR5 and 91.2MB/sec memory bandwidth. The card is currently on pre-order and will be available soon for $209.99.

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Next on the list of 768MB cards is the EVGA Geforce GTX 460 SuperClocked (768-P3-1362-AR) with standard exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 763MHz, a 1526MHz shader clock and a 3800MHz memory clock with 768MB of 192-bit GDDR5 and 91.2GB/sec memory bandwidth. This card is currently available on EVGA’s site for $219.99.

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Third on the list of 768MB cards is the vanilla EVGA Geforce GTX 460 EE (768-P3-1361-TR) with external exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 675MHz, a 1350MHz shader clock and a 3600MHz memory clock with 768MB of 192-bit GDDR5 and 86.4GB/sec memory bandwidth. This card is currently on pre-order and will be available soon for $199.99.

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Last on the list of 768MB cards is the vanilla EVGA Geforce GTX 460 (768-P3-1360-TR) with standard exhaust. This card features 336 processing cores clocked at 675MHz, a 1350MHz shader clock and a 3600MHz memory clock with 768MB of 192-bit GDDR5 and 86.4GB/sec memory bandwidth. This card is currently available on EVGA’s site for $199.99.

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For some reason, it seems that the pricing pattern EVGA has set on its GTX 460s may lead consumers to believe that the standard exhaust models are superior to the external exhaust models. For instance, the vanilla EVGA Geforce GTX 460 SuperClocked 768MB is priced at $219.99, while the vanilla EVGA Geforce GTX 460 SuperClocked EE 768MB is priced at $209.99. Last time we measured ambient temperatures in our chassis with multiple GPUs, the units with external exhaust heatsink/fan designs averaged lower idle temperatures and provided slightly more legroom for overclocking on air. While we may be mistaken about the temperature differences between these two unique EVGA designs, we found it to be an interesting observation and look forward to seeing some comparison tests on the community forums.

In addition, the company has also uploaded a comical GeForce GTX 460 Overview clip to its EVGA On The Tube page on YouTube that can be viewed below.

Last modified on Monday, 12 July 2010 09:31

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