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MSI GeForce N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Overclocked Video Card Review
|Product:||N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 OC|
|Date:||Wed, Aug 04, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Overclocking
Overclocking the MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 video card was easily done with the included MSI AfterBurner v1.6.1 software.
The MSI AfterBurner overclocking utility will do everything you want when it comes to gamer and enthusiast overclocking. By default the ability to adjust voltages is turned off, but you can go into settings and enable the feature if you want to throw some more voltage at the GF104 core. With a great cooler like the Cyclone it only makes sense to do this, but first let's see how far we can push the card with no voltage adjustment. We'll use 3DMark Vantage on Extreme mode as the benchmark to see how the overclock helps system performance.
The MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Video Card Stock 726MHz/900MHz (3600MHz effective):
The MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Video Card Max OC w/ stock Volts 875MHz/975MHz (3900MHz effective):
Running 3DMark Vantage with the Extreme preset we got a score of X7137. The score went up X8461 3DMarks when overclocked with AfterBurner, which was an improvement of 18.5%. If we went up to 880MHz or higher on the core the video card would start to show artifacts and was unstable as it would also cause the system to freeze up.The MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Video Card w/ Max Volts 900MHz/975MHz (3900MHz effective):
With the voltage bumped up we were able to reach 900MHz on the core with ease! This pushed our 3DMark score up another 200 points!The MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Video Card w/ Max Volts 915MHz/980MHz (3920MHz effective):
Our final overclock was 915MHz on the core clock with the shaders running at an impressive 1830MHz and the memory running at 980MHz. Our 3DMark Vantage Extreme score was just shy of 8800 3DMarks and was 23% higher than what we started with on our already overclocked card from MSI.
This card is a monster as you can see from out overclocking results. When overclocked the MSI NGTX460 Cyclone 1GB performed better than both the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 and GTX 470 graphics cards. It was also just behind the ATI Radeon HD 5870! When it comes to having fun with overclocking this card will certainly leave a big smile on your face!
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Page 1 - The MSI N460GTX Cyclone Video Card
Page 2 - A Closer Look at the N460GTX Cyclone
Page 3 - Retail Box and Bundle
Page 4 - GeForce GTX 460 Test Settings
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 - MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB Overclocking
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions