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Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB

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Posted September 3, 2010 by Jake in Video Cards

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Palit is a board partner that’s known for pushing the boundaries on Nvidia’s reference graphics cards, whether it’s a custom heatsink, improved power distribution, more compact form, or factory overclock. And true to form, the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum has most of these features. It has a snazzy heatsink, comes in a very compact 7.5" length, and has a huge factory overclock out of the box. It is the 800MHz core and 1000MHz memory overclocks that are the hallmarks of this card, as these are extremely impressive. For users that aren’t into GPU overclocking, the Sonic Platinum is the most aggressive performance GTX 460 we’ve seen on the market.

Needless to say, this card utterly decimates the Radeon 5830 across the board, and handily beats the GTX 465 as well. Perhaps most significantly, the Sonic Platinum even manages to flirt with the Radeon 5850 on occasion. The mid-range resolution of 1680 is really the sweet spot for the Sonic Platinum, as you’ll get great framerates, expecially with the big factory overlock.

So are there any downsides here? Well, really the only drawback is the smaller, single fan on the heatsink. With the aggressive overclock, it cannot keep the load temperatures as low as we’d prefer, and topping out at 80°C, this is nothing to worry about but it’s not exactly cool either. The side effect of this is higher fan speeds and louder noise levels, so that’s the other drawback. This may not matter to most people, but it is worth mentioning.

This Palit card costs about $240 USD, only $10 more than the competition, and we found it online with a free StarCraft 2 coupon as well. Whether you’re an Nvidia fan or not, that is an outstanding deal no matter how you slice it.

This Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB card is like a little tricked-out car on the dragstrip – it’s deceptively small but packs one heck of a punch. The huge factory overclock is very impressive but it does put out a good deal of heat as a result. Mind you, most hotrods run hot, so it’s not entirely unexpected. With an excellent combination of features, killer performance, and excellent value, the Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB is a top pick.

Palit GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB

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