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Zotac GeForce GTX 460 1GB review

The only £200 graphics card to buy

Our Verdict

For

  • Great price
  • Best-in-class performance
  • Massive overclocking headroom

Against

  • Makes the GTX 465 obsolete
  • And almost the GTX 470 too

Barely a month after Nvidia's last GF100 graphics card, the GTX 465, struggled out the stable door another new graphics card, the GTX 460, has turned up to steal its thunder.

This time round though we're not just talking about another cut-down Fermi card based on the once-proud GF100 GPU.

Oh no, now we're talking about an all new and improved GPU with the relevant architecture poked and prodded into a more streamlined shape.

The first card to utilise this GF104 GPU then is the GTX 460 in its various shapes and memory sizes.

One GPU, two cards

There are essentially two basic spins of the card; one with a full 1GB of GDDR5 and another with a slightly more limiting 768MB of the same GDDR5.

There are other differences linked in to the difference memory capacities too, namely a 256-bit and a 192-bit memory bus as well as a rather chopped-down ROPs count for the lower memory card.

You've also got less of the L2 cache that sits in between the GPU's streaming multiprocessors doing the collating.

Zotac's 1GB version of its GTX 460 carries a slightly different cooler to the reference design favoured by both EVGA's GTX 460 768MB standard and Superclocked versions of its 768MB cards. It's more in line with the reference cooler seen on the GTX 470 and GTX 465 cards.

Though compared with the GTX 465 cooler it does have a much larger, hence more efficient, fan.

Heads-up

Where the GTX 465 was priced head-to-head with AMD's comparatively-priced Radeon HD 5850, the GTX 460 is hitting a pricepoint which undercuts its immediate Radeon-shaped competition by a fair margin.

In performance terms though the HD 5850 and GTX 465 traded blows quite happily, and on average the Nvidia card came out on top, especially when its overclocking headroom came into play.

The GTX 465 was also rather close to GTX 470 performance when judicious use of the overclock stick was applied to it, and that's damned impressive for a £230 card up against a £280 one.

Unfortunately, the GTX 470 being priced at only £50 more than a GTX 465 running at the top of its game made the pricier card a far more attractive offering still considering the extra headroom inside it.

The GTX 465, then, really only faced competition from within Nvidia.

And that competition is only going to get worse with the cheaper, and in some cases faster, GTX 460 now hitting the shelves – especially this 1GB edition from Zotac.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX 460
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX 400
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameZotac
Standard Memory1 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Length209.6 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Memory Speed3600 MHz
Product ModelZT-40402-10P
Product NameZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 Graphics Card
Processor Speed675 MHz
Manufacturer Part NumberZT4040210P
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Embrace Microsoft DirectX 11 technology with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 graphics card with hardware tessellation technology. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 graphics card implements DirectX 11 technology perfectly to take gamers on breathtaking visual adventures with phenomenal details and unrivaled clarity.

Everything performs beautifully on the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 whether it's the latest visually demanding gaming masterpiece, GPU-accelerated applications or simple high-definition video playback. NVIDIA 3D Vision™ readiness ensures the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 460 is ready to completely change the gaming and movie playback experience by taking it to the third dimension for unprecedented realism.

Package Contents
  • ZT-40402-10P GeForce GTX 460 Graphics Card
  • Driver Disk
  • ZOTAC Boost Premium
  • User Manual
  • DVI-to-VGA Adapter
  • Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI Adapter
  • 2 x Dual MOLEX-to-6-pin PCIe Power Cables
Limited Warranty2 Year
API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.0