Review: GTX 460 1GB Beast beats GTX 470
Today we'll finalize our review of overclocked Point of View/TGT cards by showing you the results we've scored with GTX 460 Ultra Charged and GTX 460 BEAST cards. Point of View and TGT joined forces to offer factory overclocked cards with a choice between Charged, Ultra Charged and BEAST clocks. As the name suggests, BEAST branded cards are the fastest beasts in the pack and the GTX 460 BEAST, with its 855MHz GPU, proudly carries the title of the fastest overclocked Nvidia partner card. We were pretty glad to get a chance to promote Point of View/TGT cards because every start is rough and competitors are always on the prowl. Before we move onto results, which will definitely paint a much better picture than we can do with words, let’s see what Point of View and TGT team have to say:
”All of the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 460 “BEAST” products are hand selected and manually tuned with a proprietarily tuning algorithm developed by TGT’s highly skilled hard- and software engineering team in Germany. Frankly speaking, TGT tuning is “Made in Germany”. Finally all of the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 460 “BEAST” products are verified with a comprehensive burn-in procedure to assure highest customer satisfaction. ”
“Our team worked for over three months day and night,” said Wolfram Tismer, CEO of TGT. “We are very proud of being in the position to offer computer enthusiasts what we believe is the best possible NVIDIA GeForce performance on the planet in a rock solid hard- and software-environment.”
“Point of View was always striving to offer high quality products with extremely low defective rates,” added Björn Solli, CEO of Point of View. “The addition of professionally tuned enthusiast products to our existing product range based on high quality components and high quality manufacturing enjoyed an overwhelming response around the world by the well known community of enthusiastic computer journalists as independent reviews turned out to be exceptional.”
The POV/TGT GeForce GTX 460 “BEAST” is available with both, 1GB of GDDR-5 display memory as well as with 768MB of GDDR-5 memory at lower cost. As most of the DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 computer games don’t require a 1GB frame buffer, the less expensive 768MB configuration is also an excellent choice. ”
All Point of View / TGT cards look almost the same, with the main difference being the card’s name on the fan.
GTX 460 cards use reference cooling. There was no need to change this as the cooler is efficient and quiet.
The card offers two dual-link DVI outs and a mini-HDMI.
Point of View / TGT GTX 460 cards feature a blue PCB with one SLI connector. This means that you can chain up to two cards and improve graphics performance. Note, however, that it isn’t possible to mix GTX 460 768MB and GTX 460 1GB cards.
The card is powered via two 6-pin PCI Express power cables. The connectors are at the end of the card but that won’t be a problem when using it in smaller cases as the GTX 460 is only 21.1cm long.
Motherboard: EVGA 4xSLI
CPU: Core i7 965 XE (Intel EIST and Vdrop enabled)
Memory: 6GB Corsair Dominator 12800 7-7-7-24
Harddisk: OCZ Vertex 2 100 GB
Power Supply: CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 800W
Case: CoolerMaster HAF X
Fan Controler: Kaze Master Pro 5.25"
Operating System: Win7 64-bit
At 1920x1080 in Dirt 2, Point of View / TGT overclocked cards managed some envyable scores. GTX 460 Beast and Ultra Charged cards with 1GB of memory ended up faster than the GTX 470.
The same cards with 768MB of memory, however, ran slower than the GTX 470 but only by 2.5% and 5% (respectively) without AA and 7% and 9.9% (respectively) with antialiasing on.
In Dirt 2 at 1920x1080, GTX 460 768MB BEAST outpaced the reference GTX 460 by 20.6% with no AA and 18.8% with AA.
At 2560x1600 in Dirt 2, PoV/TGT GTX 460 BEAST and Ultra Charged cards with 1GB of memory managed to retain their dominance over the GTX 470. Note however that all the cards, even the reference GTX 460 768MB, are good enough to push Dirt 2 at 2560x1600 and maximum graphics settings.
Just like in Dirt 2, Aliens vs. Predator preferred Point of View/TGT GTX 460 BEAST cards over their reference counterparts, regardless of the latter’s frame buffers. In fact, the BEAST managed to beat them by more than 20%.
With its latest driver, Nvidia made sure that GTX 400 series cards get some improvements so if you’re using the 285.96 WHQL driver, you can expect up to 11% better results.
Unigine Heaven test shows possible future performance in games with more sophisticated tessellation.
Metro 2033 is well known for not going easy on graphics cards, and our today’s cards are no exception. Although GTX 460 1GB BEAST beats the reference GTX 460 1GB card by 23%, playable frame rates are only possible when graphics settings are decreased.
FurMark is another test we’ve used and, unlike our previous tests, it uses Open GL.
3DMark Vantage shows what we’ve already seen – Point of View / TGT GTX 460 768MB/1GB BEAST is the fastest GTX 460 card we’ve tested so far. The runner up to the title of the fastest was GTX 460 768/1GB.
As far as overclocking goes, if you’re not one of those that likes to meddle with GTX 460’s clocks, then picking an already overclocked card is a wise choice. Note however that this, together with the accompanying warranty, usually costs a bit extra.
Point of View in cooperation with TGT did a great job and scored some impressive results in overclocking GTX 460 cards. Namely, Ultra Charged and BEAST branded cards running at 824MHz and 855MHz respectively.
GTX 460 BEAST with its 855MHz core and 4020MHz memory is the fastest GTX 460 around. Note that this card is available in two flavors – 768MB or 1GB, both using GDDR5.
Overclocking GTX 460 cards isn’t difficult and it’s quite likely you’ll manage 800MHz with each and every reference GTX 460. Overclocking beyond 800MHz is also possible, as evident from many factory overclocked graphics card. The GTX 460 BEAST proudly bears the crown of the fastest 460 available on the market, but it appears that some vendors will offer even faster versions. Thanks to Point of View and TGT teams and their meticulous GPU selections, the graphics market is richer by a few cards, aptly named BEAST, Ultra Charged and Charged. Since BEAST cards are put through even higher clock tests before they were shipped for sales, it’s possible that GTX 460 BEAST owners will be capable of going over 890MHz.
We managed to push the GTX 460 1GB BEAST to 930MHz GPU and 4300MHz memory. With GTX 460 1GB Ultra Charged that number was 910MHz GPU and 4300MHz memory. As far as power consumption goes, we measured 415W on our Beast GTX 460 test rig, which is close to the GTX 470, as our testbed equipped with the 470 drew 420W under load.
Today we’ve had a chance to check out the fastest GTX 460 cards currently available in retail, courtesy of Point of View and TGT overclocking team. The GTX 460 BEAST runs at 855MHz for the GPU and 1005MHz for the memory, proudly earning the title of the fastest overclocked GTX 460 money can currently buy. Note that all the TGT GTX 460 overclocked cards use reference PCB and cooling, but that’s nothing to worry about as this cooler is quiet and effective enough to cool GF 104 GPU on GTX 460.
GTX 460 Ultra Charged and BEAST cards are excellent and we’ve seen the BEAST outrunning the reference card by up to 23%. Unfortunately, we’re a bit worried by the high pricing. In fact, GTX 460 1GB BEAST costs about the same as GTX 470.
Point of View/TGT overclocked cards should be pretty attractive to users who don’t want to meddle with overclocking and by buying one of these cards, you’ll get an overclocked card still covered by warranty.
The cards are listed and available at Alternate.de and the prices stand at €209,90 for the GTX 460 768MB Charged, €229,90 for the GTX 460 768MB Ultra Charged and €239 and €259 for the GTX 470 1024MB Charged and Ultra Charged respectively. The GTX 460 768MB Beast and GTX 460 1GB Beast sell at €249 and €280 respectively.