EVGA Superclocked GTX 460 768MB £195
21st Jul 2010 | 13:04
Can a tasty overclock redeem this card's lack of memory?
EVGA Superclocked GTX 460 768MB - Overview
The only real hope for the 768MB versions of Nvidia's latest card, the GTX 460, lies in these pre-overclocked, such as EVGA's Superclocked and Asus' GTX 460 768MB TOP.
The 1GB version of the GTX 460 has been garnering impressive performance figures across the board and despite the fact its more expensive than the 768MB cards, that performance totally justifies the extra £20 you're paying.
Both the GTX 460s have the same clockspeeds, but the memory bus, cache size and ROPs count are different. They're both working on the same new GF104 GPU, based on the same Fermi technology that's in the GF100 GPU running Nvidia's GTX 480.
It's a more streamlined chip, and we've written a more detailed look at the GTX 460's chip architecture before.
These overclocked cards though hope to bridge the performance gap between the 768MB and full-fat 1GB versions.
Clockspeeds have been upped across the card along with the reassurance a long warranty covering that factory overclock gives you.
EVGA Superclocked GTX 460 768MB - Benchmarks
The out of the box performance of the Superclocked card is impressive, easily keeping pace with - and in Just Cause 2 beating - the 1GB GTX 460. The only issue is that card can be pushed even further past what the 768MB card can do at its limit.
With a simple overclock the 1GB card can be pushed to the sort of speeds the GTX 470 can achieve.
DirectX 11 Performance (2560x1600)
DirectX 11 Performance
DirectX 10 Performance
EVGA Superclocked GTX 460 768MB - Verdict
The first thing you notice about EVGA's iteration of the overclocked, sorry, Superclocked GTX 460, is the fact it's gone for pretty high clockspeeds out of the box.
This isn't even EVGA's top-end overclocked card – it reserves the Super-Superclocked and For The Win monikers for those beasties.
But out of the box you've already almost hit a full 100MHz overclock on the core speed and 200MHz on the memory side. That's a fair way over and above what Asus has gone with on its more pedestrian TOP edition.
It's worked out for EVGA, though, because this Superclocked card actually performs almost as well as the stock-clocked 1GB card. The more memory-heavy card though obviously does a better job at the more demanding tasks at the high-end.
Unfortunately, since it's essentially simply a hand-picked reference card that has proven overclocking capabilities, it's got the standard reference cooler sitting atop it.
Now, that reference cooler isn't as bad as we'd heard, and it kept things running nice and cool even under heavy load. That said, once we increased the overclock, we did have to also increase the fan speed to compensate, driving up the noise levels.
That was something we didn't have to do with Asus' TOP edition of the GTX 460.
It was also a little more flaky, though still managed, for the most part, the same high overclock that we hit on the Asus card. We could still hit 850MHz on the core, though occasionally performance figures would drop below what we had on the original settings.
Though these were only fairly rare anomalies, it was still a little concerning. However, each GPU is different and EVGA does only guarantee its own overclock.
But that guarantee is definitely worth mentioning, too. EVGA has a standard two-year warranty, which will cover the factory overclock, but if you register your card with them you'll then get a further eight years of warranty.
That's a ten-year warranty total with this card, and that's nothing to sniff at.
Unfortunately, though, with only £5 difference between this Superclocked card and the MSRP of the 1GB version of the GTX 460, it still makes little sense to opt for even the overclocked version of the memory-light card over the 1GB edition.
The ten-year warranty is incredible and it's obvious EVGA is really trying to cater for its customers' needs.
The factory overclock is impressive, especially in the context of the limited overclock on the Asus TOP.
The pricing between the 1GB, 768MB and overclocked cards is still a bit of a mystery to us. The 1GB card is only marginally more expensive and is definitely the superior card.
Despite the impressive factory overclock and incredible warranty offer, the Superclocked GTX 460 from EVGA just cannot stand up against the power and pricing of the GTX 460 1GB cards.