Factory-overclocked to 800MHz, the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB is easily one of the fastest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 cards around, straight out of the box. How does it fair against its older brother the GeForce GTX 465, and the higher-rated ATI Radeon HD 5850?
Back in July 2010, Palit Microsystems launched its GeForce GTX 460 lineup at Sim Lim Square, Singapore’s most popular tech haunt. Three variants are available – a standard GeForce GTX 460 768MB one, a GeForce GTX 460 Sonic 1GB, and a GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB.
Unlike the massive NVIDIA GF100 chipset-based GeForce GTX 465, GTX 470 and GTX 480 cards, the smaller GF104 makes its debut on the GeForce GTX 460. The GF104 chipset is a re-designed GF100 with less processing clusters, aimed at bringing Fermi performance to the masses. The end product is both more power efficient, and cheaper to manufacture.
The GF104-based GeForce GTX 460 has 336 CUDA cores, a (reference) graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock of 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 900MHz. However, GeForce GTX 460 can have two memory configurations – a 192-bit memory interface with 768MB of GDDR5, or a 256-bit memory interface (read: faster) with 1GB of GDDR5.
VR-Zone.com has the opportunity to take a look at the Palit’s flagship GeForce GTX 460 model, the Sonic Platinum 1GB. The Sonic Platinum is factory overclocked to 800MHz core and 4000MHz (effective) memory. How fast will this card be? Join us as we put this card, and the popular yet more expensive ATI Radeon HD 5850 through their paces!
First up, we have the mandatory box shot of the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum.
Palit has used the same box art for all its GeForce GTX 460 models. The only way to differentiate between them would be to look at the fine prints and factory-overclocked labelling.
Palit has adopted a no-frills approach for its packaging.
You get the card itself, a quick installation guide, a driver disc, and a PCI Express Y-cable.