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Posted July 26, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards







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After ATI had made strong inroads into the gaming card market with their 5000 series cards, Nvidia struck back with the GTX 480, a powerhouse card that had some issues; namely, heat output and noise levels. Nonetheless, it packs some serious horsepower. But not everyone can afford a flagship gaming card, and for most of us mere mortals looking for something to suit our modest budget, Nvidia may now have just the thing: the GeForce GTX 460.

The GTX 460 is the latest in the Fermi lineup, and it’s certainly priced at about $200 for the reference model, but more importantly it looks to erradicate those issues of the GF100 with a tweaked architecture. Hoping to bring lower temperatures, noise, and power consumption to the masses, Nvidia looks to be banking on this new card. We don’t want to tip our hand just yet here in this review, but we will say that it brings some extremely attractive points to the table.

Beyond the reference design card, some manufacturers are taking what appears to already be an impressive product and pushing things further, with improved power distribution, custom heatsinks for lower temperatures, factory overclocked settings, and even voltage tweaking capabilities for enthusiasts who want to extract the most our of their graphics card. ASUS has decided to offer all of these, in fact, with the release of their GTX 460 TOP.

Perhaps you’re an Nvidia fanboy, perhaps you’re attracted by its PhysX capabilities, or maybe you want monster Folding@Home capabilities; whatever the reason, if Nvidia products appeal to you, then today may strike a chord. The ASUS GTX 460 TOP 768MB brings a few ASUS-specific features to the table, setting its sights directly on the Radeon 5830 in terms of features, performance, and price. And from what we’ve seen, Nvidia looks ready to stick it to ATI with this new card, and ASUS may be well positioned to capitalize on the resurgence.

Let’s have a closer look at the ASUS GTX 460 TOP and see how it fares.

ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.



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