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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Fermi card to date, 25 Nov 2010
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This review is from: GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC - 768 MB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (N460GTX CYCLONE 768D5/OC) (Electronics)
This is a great card, suitable for mid-range gaming where it'll provide enough performance for 1080px widescreen monitors for nearly all games at high settings. MSI ship these with a mild overclock (725 MHz GPU, instead of 675 MHz) and also provide their superb Afterburner software for monitoring and overclocking. I haven't OCed but reviews and forums suggest that 800 to 850 MHz is easy without having to touch voltages. If you want the best out of the 460, then the 1GB version (32 instead of 24 ROPS, 256-bit instead of 192-bit bus) may be a better choice, but the difference will only be noticeable at the extremes of performance, and if you're running at the ragged edge, you'd probably be better off with a GTX 470.

The card looks to be put together with good quality components and comes in a large box, offering good protection in transit. It has two DVI and a mini HDMI socket and comes with DVI/VGA, mini HDMI/HDMI adaptors and a couple 4-pin to PCI-E power adaptors. It doesn't look like MSI cheap-out on anything, which is reassuring.

The card is as you'd expect, double height, but bear in mind that the HSF is wider than the card by an inch or so. But even with this it fits in my aging Dell 530 Inspiron (E5200 2.5GHz, 4GB 800 MHz RAM, Corsair CX400W PSU) with no problems. Note that you don't need a monster PSU to run it. Installation was very easy, using the latest 260.99 drivers from NVidia.

Upgrading from a XFX 8600GT XXX with Zalman HSF, which itself was a great card, able to run high settings, a little AA on moderate resolutions and maintain good frame rates on L4D, TF2 etc, the GTX 460 aside from having higher FPS, doesn't make much noticable difference with these games. However, bigger resolutions will not be a problem.

The difference comes in more demanding games like Just Cause 2, where the FPS has increased by around 2.5 to 3 times, making it super smooth and a joy to play. The cut scenes had a problem before, where the audio would finish and the visuals would continue for a while longer. Now they are perfectly syncronised. Fallout: New Vegas runs very well also, with its wide open spaces and long draw distances.

Idles at around 26 degrees. Max temp I've seen is in the high 50s. The fan runs at 40% at idle and goes up to the mid/high 50s, where it is audible, but quiet. I'm impressed by the stepping in performance, the card underclocking itself according to loads. Right now with Steam, Afterburner, internet browser open and typing this, its running at a core speed of 50 MHz, and the RAM is running at 135 MHz. There are a few steps in GPU and RAM speeds inbetween here and maximum, where for example, Plants vs Zombies, which is 2D, will have the GPU running at around 400 MHz.
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