ASUS GeForce GTX 460 768MB Review

The GeForce GTX 460 is NVIDIA’s cheapest of their GeForce 400-series line of video cards with the price of the 768MB version ranging from $130 to $160. While the GTX 460 definitely has the price tag of a budget mid-range video card it can easily match and even outperform any other video card in it’s price range.

ASUS have designed their own custom PCB and cooler for their version of the GeForce GTX 460. The custom PCB was required for the card’s voltage modification abilities and the PCIe power plugs were placed towards the top of the video card instead of the rear like most GTX 460s.

ASUS’s custom cooler was designed with two large copper heat pipes which protrude from the side of the video card and a dust-proof fan sitting in the center of the cooler itself. Underneath the cooler is a aluminum finned heatsink which spans the majority of the video card’s length.

ASUS’s cooler does a wonderful job of keeping the card cool, the video card will average around 58°C to 67°C during heavy load.

While the video card itself is the same size as a regular GTX 460, ASUS’s custom cooler extends slightly longer than the video card, which means it’ll take up slightly more space in your computer case than your average GTX 460 will.

The GTX 460 requires 2 PCIe power connectors and a 500 watt power supply to keep the video card powered and running. If your power supply doesn’t come with PCIe power connectors you can use a molex adapter to convert a molex power cable into a PCIe one.

Specifications:
700MHz Core Clock
1400MHz Shader Clock
3680MHz Effective Memory Clock
336 Stream Processor Cores
768MB 192-bit GDDR5 Memory
DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 compatible

ASUS has overclocked both the core and memory clocks by a good margin over a regular GTX 460, which is to be expected considering the custom heatsink and cooler they’ve designed for this card.

While ASUS has overclocked the video card some it can easily handle higher clocks without much issue. I was able to get a little over 840MHz on the core clock stable while only increasing the temperatures by 4°C.

Benchmarks:
For these benchmarks I used Fraps to record the FPS while gaming and the Unigine Heaven Benchmark.

Heaven Benchmark (1280×1024, 4xAA, DirectX11, Normal Tessellation)
Highest: 71.4 FPS
Average: 32.9 FPS
Lowest: 7.6 FPS

ASUS’s GTX 460 does remarkably well on the Heaven Benchmark, only on a rare occasion did the FPS drop below 20 during the entire benchmark.

Left 4 Dead (1280×1024, Maxed Settings, 4xAA)
Highest: 80 FPS
Average: 71 FPS
Lowest: 53 FPS

Left 4 Dead runs incredibly smooth on ASUS’s GTX 460, hardly ever dropping below 60 FPS. It could definitely handle much higher amounts of Anti-Aliasing without any issues at all.

Vindictus (1280×1024, Maxed Settings, 4xAA)
Highest: 68 FPS
Average: 56 FPS
Lowest: 31 FPS

ASUS’s GTX 460 handles Vindictus no problem with consistently smooth framerates.

Crysis (1280×1024, Maxed Settings, 4xAA)
Highest: 55 FPS
Average: 27 FPS
Lowest: 11 FPS

Yes, ASUS’s GTX 460 can run Crysis, amazingly well in fact. Only rarely did I see the FPS drop below 20 during my play-through.

StarCraft 2 (1280×1024, Maxed Settings)
Highest: 130 FPS
Average: 77 FPS
Lowest: 62 FPS

StarCraft 2 runs without any problems whatsoever, never once going below 60 FPS and even managing to break 100 FPS.

Conclusion:
The GeForce GTX 460 has one of the best price per performance ratios I’ve ever seen in a video card, with the price tag of a budget mid-range video card but with the performance and speed of most enthusiast video cards out, and ASUS’s version is no different.

With the amazing performance of the GTX 460 with ASUS’s custom PCB, cooler and overclocking you’re definitely getting your money’s worth (And then some!) with this video card.