ASUS ENGTX 460 1GB review

By on August 3, 2010
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Overclocked, overpriced?

Price: AED
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

All benchmarks are run at the highest texture settings with all effects enabled. Unfortunately our review card for Zotac’s GTX 460 1GB couldn’t run the Dirt 2 benchmark due to some driver issues then. Sadly we don’t have the card on hand anymore, but the other benchmarks do show both the Zotac and ASUS GTX 460 cards going head to head.

And now let’s take a look at the overclocking potential of the ENGTX460 1GB. From the standard settings of 775MHz Core, 1000MHz Memory and 1550MHz Shader speeds at 0.975v we moved up to 900MHz Core, 1033MHz Memory and 1800MHz Shader speeds at 1.075v, a far cry from the reference settings. Below we have added a few more stressing tests, including Unigine v2.1 which really pushes DX11 based cards for tessellation rendering.

As you can see the overclocking results are quite impressive, but it’s strange that the ASUS ENGTX460 1GB is having trouble keeping up with the Zotac GTX460 1GB which is factory set at Nvidia’s reference speeds. And then we have the fan noise. At factory settings, the ASUS ENTGX460 1GB makes a distinctly audible noise when under pressure compared to the Zotac GTX 460 1GB card. While overclocked, the ENGTX460 was ridiculously loud, the fan overstressed and I was worried that something will blow up.

Add to this the fact that the ASUS costs AED 281 ($76) more than Zotac’s GTX 460, the ENGTX460 1GB is a hard sell indeed. So despite the fact that the ASUS ENGTX460 1GB is a decently overclockable card with higher factory speeds to boot, it still fails to impress compared to Zotac’s similarly powerful, but aptly priced offering.

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