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Friday, 15 October 2010 11:42

EVGA GTX 460 For The Win reviewed - 2. A closer look at EVGA GTX 460 1GB FTW

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: So, is it a winner?



We recieved the card in EVGA's typical packaging. In the box we found a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable (about 2m in length), VGA converter, software CD, a large „EVGA Geforce GTX 400 GPUs“ sticker and a small „Powered by EVGA“ sticker.
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The card comes with reference dual-slot cooling which does a good job cooling the GF104.

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In the center of the cooler is a fan with 11 fins, with the aluminum heatsink and copper heatpipe visible underneath the fan. The fan RPM is controlled via the card's BIOS but we're pretty confident that many users will leave it as it is since the fan is pretty quiet.

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EVGA GTX 460 FTW comes with reference set of video outs – two dual-link DVIs and one mini-HDMI out.
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Like the reference card, EVGA's GTX 460 FTW requires two 6-pin power connectors.

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We already said that this is a reference design, but there is one little difference – passive, black mosfet heatsink, which can be seen on the picture below.
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EVGA's GTX 460 FTW 1GB is 2-Way SLI ready as it comes with one SLI connector.

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+3 #1 Morse 2010-10-15 13:14
While EVGA is really recognised as the premium partner for nvidia cards with excellent reputation for warranty and support, I really think they are missing a trick using standard cooling. The biggest concern for a lot of ppl (imo) when going fermi is that it will be loud due to the high temps, if you want to go gtx460 the msi and gigabyte cooling solutions make them much more appealing.
 
 
0 #2 thaad 2010-10-15 13:40
Yes, we want something like this... not a disaster card------>fermi.
 
 
0 #3 Viper 2010-10-15 15:04
I was just wondering where did you get those drivers?? In the nVidia official page there are no 260.63 drivers... Are they beta or sth?
 
 
0 #4 Marburg_U 2010-10-15 15:21
Quoting Viper:
I was just wondering where did you get those drivers?? In the nVidia official page there are no 260.63 drivers... Are they beta or sth?


guru3d>download
 
 
+2 #5 hoohoo 2010-10-15 17:00
Regarding power consumption: I think the delta between idle and load must include CPU/memory as well as GPU load. So it's hard to say looking at the chart what the GPUs draw.

How about getting a nice set of CUDA and CAL GPGPU apps that redline the GPUs but not the rest of the system? Using that to measure the idle & load power draw should give better measurement of GPU power draw.
 

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