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EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SC SLI Video Card Review
|Date:||Fri, Jul 16, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
EVGA has done a superb job with the GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked edition video card. They took the NVIDIA reference design that we loved so much in our launch review and tweaked it by giving it even higher clock speeds. This give the GeForce GTX 460 768MB even more horse power for gaming and that is something you can never have enough of. They also back the model that we tested with a limited lifetime warranty, so if the card should ever fail in the years to come you won't be left high and dry with a dead card and empty pockets.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked video card was found to be 6-11% faster than the NVIDIA reference design. This is a significant performance difference and for not having to mess with any software it was really nice for those that just want to install some video cards and not having to mess with overclocking software. The upgrade path to the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card is simple, just add another to your system if your motherboard supports SLI. Once you do that you have darn near twice the performance of one GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card and it gives you performance that rivals the GeForce GTX 480 and Radeon HD 5970 video cards. The performance numbers on the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked SLI setup were impressive and an SLI setup will cost you less than a GeForce GTX 480. We were also able to overclock the already overclocked EVGA cards and by bumping up the core nearly another 100MHz gave us even more incredible performance numbers. The results speak for themselves and after using one of these cards for a few weeks now, I would never recommend a GeForce GTX 465 over a GeForce GTX 460. NVIDIA might as well just end production of those cards as the GeForce GTX 460 is a much more well rounded product.
When it comes to cost the EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked video card that we used for this review carries part number 768-P3-1362-AR. It retails for $219.99 shipped and comes with a lifetime warranty. If you don't want the lifetime warranty and like to pinch pennies then look for part number 768-P3-1362-TR. It is the same exact card, but costs ten dollars less at $209.99 shipped with just a two year warranty. To run an SLI setup like we did that means you are looking at $420 with a 2 year warranty or $440 for a lifetime warranty. We highly suggest going for the lifetime warranty and registering your cards with EVGA the day that you get them. The longer warranty will give you peace of mind that if a manufacturing defect is found three years from now and your card stops working that you will be covered no matter who is to blame. We don't expect a 'bumpgate' issue, but just using that as an example to get a card with a lifetime warranty.
We loved the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 enough to give it the Editor's Choice award. The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked video cards are even more impressive with the factory overclock, so we'll have to give it the Editor's Choice award as well. EVGA gives you plenty of options with the GeForce GTX 460, so be sure to pick the one that is right for your needs.
Legit Bottom Line: The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked graphics cards bring you factory overclocked goodness and a lifetime warranty for an extra few bucks that we feel is well worth it.
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Page 1 - GeForce GTX 460 SLI Benchmarking
Page 2 - The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB SuperClocked
Page 3 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 4 - Video Card Test System
Page 5 - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Page 6 - Resident Evil 5
Page 7 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 8 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 9 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 10 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 11 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 12 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 13 - Power Consumption
Page 14 - Temperature Testing
Page 15 - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB Overclocking
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions