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Nvidia Has Announced the New More Affordable GeForce GTX 460 GPUs

July 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

If you were waiting for a more affordable, but still high-performing video card based on the new Nvidia Fermi architecture today that wait seems to be over with the official announcement of the new GeForce GTX 460 GPUs. These come cheaper than the not so long ago GTX 465 ones, but are faster than them, not to mention that the cards based on the new GPUs seem to be cooler and quieter too and offering a good potential for overclocking or at least that is what I’ve been seeing in some of the first reviews already available online…

A bit on the technical side, The GeForce GTX 460 GPU has 336 CUDA cores and 56 texture units and will be available in 2 different versions – with 1GB video memory and 256-bit memory bus and with 768MB video memory and 192-bit memory bus. The GPU’s frequency is 675 MHz by default and the shaders are running at 1350 MHz, but you should be able to easily go even up to 800MHz and maybe even more by overclocking it. The memory is GDDR5 and is running at 1800MHz (3600 effectively) on both models with 768MB and 1GB, and what makes the difference in performance between them is actually the memory bus that limits the maximum bandwidth on the 768MB model. The two models’ recommended end user prices are $199 and $229 USD respectively and they are already starting to appear on stock and for pre-orders at popular online e-tailers like Amazon.com and Newegg.com

The new GeForce GTX 460 GPUs should be more than capable of handling good enough stereo 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D playback with GPU acceleration and because of their more affordable price they are also going to be much more attractive for SLI setups. Although if we are going to talk about SLI for 3D Vision Surround, then it is best to go for two GTX 480-based video cards to have the top possible performance, so that you will be able to fully enjoy playing on three monitors in stereo 3D mode… ;)

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Arun // Jul 12, 2010 at 15:09

    should have waited for this insted of spending 100 dollars more on the gtx 470 last week.

  • 2 vesper8 // Jul 12, 2010 at 19:06

    Ugh… this is making it hard not to bite the bullet and buy an nvidia card. I would prefer sticking with ATI cards but let’s be honest.. is there any hope that ATI combined with IZ3D / Tri-Def will offer the same level of quality and compatibility within the next two months as Nvidia is offering with 3D Vision? This is a real question, Bloody, if you wouldn’t mind sharing your thoughts on this. Because if ATI is not up to the challenge in the near future then it seems that there’s no other choice then to buy a Fermi if I want to enjoy 3D gaming this summer. Or am I wrong?

  • 3 mr. hu // Jul 12, 2010 at 19:28

    So this is the gf104, but its crippled. Full blown chip ends up 30- 40% faster than GTX285, thats still not cool for me.

    I wonder what happens to 28nm now…

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 12, 2010 at 20:30

    vesper8, I’m a bit disappointed that AMD/ATI, BitCauldron and iZ3D/DDD still don’t have the complete working solution even announced, let alone be available on the markets worldwide. Maybe they now target end of year release, but since they are all keeping totally silent on that I’m pretty sure that we’ll have to wait a bit more for their solution. And that solution should offer real universal alternative to the 3D Vision, as it will most likely also work on Nvidia GPUs. However with nothing announced yet and a lot of things still unclear as for example who will sell the glasses, under what brand, will they be available worldwide etc. I’m not being that optimistic anymore…

    And the GTX 460 seems to finally be the Fermi card that offers good price/performance ratio and a good choice for actively gaming in stereo 3D mode. But I’ve already went a bit overboard with GTX 480 and a water cooling not too long ago, so that will probably be just about my 3D Vision test PC upgrades for this year… ;)

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