ECS Black GTX 460 review

By on September 10, 2010
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Another heavyweight enters the ring.

Editor's Score

The Verdict:
High on frames and size, low on temprature, noise and price. Cannot go wrong with this card.

The Nvidia GTX 460 isn’t new to us- we’ve have had handful of these bad boys to review over the past few weeks. However, what surprises us the most is that each new GTX 460 we get manages to squeeze out even more performance than expected, and priced at just the right point.  

Today we take a look at the ECS Black GTX 460, which, as the Black series name signifies, has more than meets the eye. Of course, that is the case when the card is still inside the box, because once you take it out, the huge heatsink is the first thing anybody will take note of.

The Accelero Twin Turbo Pro heatsink on top of the GTX 460 GPU is huge enough to completely cover the second PCIE slot on our ASUS Extreme Rampage II motherboard. In case anybody is planning an SLI setup, be aware that this card should be placed in the last slot. A 3-way SLI setup is pretty much impossible.

While the rest of the packaging is very simple and minimalist, with the card being accompanied by a drivers CD, two PCI-E cables and DVI to VGA and HDMI connectors, the same design process carries on the packaging itself. There’s not a hint of the large heatsink on the packaging, nor any boastful numbers of overclocked performance or efficient cooling.  It’s not really until we put the ECS Black GTX 460 in our testbed that we truly understood the power of this card. Oh, and the card is factory overclocked to 765MHz (90MHz more than stock Nvidia speeds).

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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