ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black Video Card Review

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ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black

ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black Series Product Photo 
ECS Elitegroup is a manufacturer that has been around for a while and has recently been making great strides to appeal to the enthusiast community with their “Black” series of components which bring premium performance and cooling at a great price. The video card we have here today from ECS is their GeForce GTX 460 1GB Black which is factory overclocked to a respectable 765MHz core speed and even comes with the Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo heatsink for maximum overclocking!

ECS GeForce GTX 460 1GB (NBGTX460-1GPI-F) Features

  • Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
  • NVIDIA CUDA technology, with
  • CUDA C/C++, Direct Compute 5.0 and OpenCL support
  • NVIDIA PhysX technology
  • NVIDIA SLI ready
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support
  • Two dual-link DVI-I connectors
  • One mini-HDMI 1.4 connector
  • Dual-Link HDCP-Capable
  • OpenGL 4.0 Support
  • Arctic Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo Pro heat-sink assembly
The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is a very highly regarded video card for its price/performance ratio, and this card is no different offering higher-than-standard clock speeds and the slick AC heatsink for the same retail price as the base 1GB versions. Below is a chart of all the contending graphics cards in the $100-230 segment:

Radeon
HD 5750
Radeon
HD 5770
 GeForce
GTS 450
GeForce
GTX 460 768MB 
ECS GeForce
GTX 460 Black
 Shader Units 720
Unified
800
Unified
 192 Unified 336
Unified 
 336
Unified
Compute Power
1,008 GFLOPs 1,360 GFLOPs
 601 GLOPs  907
GFLOPs
 907
GFLOPs
 GPU Core
Juniper PRO
Juniper XT
 GF 106 GF 104  GF 104 
Die Size
170mm²
170mm²
238mm² 332mm²  332mm²
Transistors 1040M
1040M
 1170M  1950M  1950M
 Mem Size
512MB/1GB
512MB/1GB
 1GB/2GB 768MB  1GB
 Memory Bus Width
128-Bit
128-Bit
 128-Bit 192-Bit   256-Bit
 Memory Bandwidth
73.6GB/s
76.8GB/s
57.7GB/s   86.4GB/s 118.4GB/s 
 Core Clock
700 MHz
850 MHz
 783 MHz  675 MHz  765 MHz
 Memory Clock
1150 MHz
1200 MHz
900 MHz   900 MHz 925 MHz 
Lowest
Common Price
$124.99
$139.99
129.99 169.99 254.99

Looking at the chart, the primary differences between the 1GB and 768MB GTX 460′s are tied to memory and bandwidth; of course, you can’t forget the 768MB versions have less ROP engines. Today’s testing will involve the HD 5670, 5750, 5770 and, of course, the GTX 460 1GB from ECS. I would have liked to have included the GTS 450 and 460 768MB, but those shall come in due time (maybe not the 768MB) because I simply do not have them on hand. Also, note the Radeon HD 5830 should be mentioned at the $199 price point, though is still over-valued in relation to the HD 5770 which performs close to it.
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