MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB
The MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB is the second new card we’ve seen since this product launch, and we have more on the way. It also happens that it’s the second non-reference design we’ve tested as well, and we’ve come away impressed yet again with this latest card from Nvidia. They’ve really got Fermi working well this time around, as it avoids the pitfalls of the GF100 card release, such as high power consumption, high temperatures, and high noise levels we saw in the GTX 480. Interestingly, the 460 manages to essentially render the 465 obsolete since the performance is almost identical. More importantly, however, is that the 460 runs cooler, quieter, and cheaper. This leaves consumers probably looking at either the 460 or the 480, with the remaining 465 and 470 cards pretty much a waste. Nvidia normally doesn’t like its products to compete against one another, but the GTX 460 is the exception since it’s that good.
While the reference card comes with a price tag of $229 price, the MSI Cyclone version costs about only $5 more, which is an outstanding deal in our opinion. It not only comes with a factory overclock and a custom heatsink that keeps temperatures impressively cool, but also some quality construction and amazing overclocking potential. Nvidia has really taken on the Radeon 5830 and come out on top in almost every instance. And that’s not even taking into account that the CUDA and PhysX capabilities of the GeForce cards that are blatantly lacking in the ATI camp.
So what’s the catch? Well, thankfully there really isn’t one here. With the launch of two cards, this particular one has 1GB of memory, rather than the 768MB, so it’s slightly less challenged when running high resolutions with the antialiasing cranked up. Overall, the 1GB card beats the 768MB by about 5% on average. And with the impressive overclocking capabilities of this card, you can push things even further very easily. However, if you’re not into GPU overclocking and want to keep minimum framerates a bit higher at 1680 resolution, then you might consider spending the extra cash and going with this 1GB version over the smaller one. Regardless of your choice, either GTX 460 version will put the hurt on the competing Radeon 5830 and leave you with an excellent product overall.
With the reference GeForce GTX 460 design a huge improvement from what we saw in the GF100 launch, the MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 1GB builds upon that, bringing a factory overclock, voltage tweaking, low noise, and impressive temperatures to consumers who are looking for something extra.
MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 768MB