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MSI N460GTX 1GD5 Cyclone 1GB Review

Rating: 9.0.

The nVidia GTX460 has been well received both by the enthusiast community and hard to please critics. It is the first card in the Fermi range that everyone seems to agree is a fantastic buy, even when against competition from ATI.

We have already looked at the excellent GTX460 Superclocked Edition from eVGA and today we are going to analyse the newest offering from MSI, the N460GTX Cyclone which features 1GB of ram on a 256 bit memory interface (768mb version is 192 bit).

This Cyclone edition comes with a 51mhz overclock on the core (726mhz) with memory running at 900mhz (3600mhz effective).

The card features a rather eye catching circular ‘Cyclone' cooler, very reminiscent of a Zalman design. On a positive note you will be pleased to hear that all this modded goodness still hits a sweet spot of £200 including VAT. Actually just as we were going to press with this review the price dropped even further and you can pick it up now in the UK for just over £190 inc vat. Wozzers.

First, let us have a quick recap as to how this particular product compares with other cards in the nVidia line up.

Model Geforce GTX 460 768MB MSI N460 GTX Cyclone 1GD5 Geforce GTX 465 Geforce GTX 470 Geforce GTX 480
Graphics Processing Clusters 2 2 3 4 4
Streaming Multiprocessors 7 7 11 14 15
CUDA Cores 336 336 352 448 480
Texture Units 56 56 44 56 50
ROP Units 24 32 32 40 48
Graphics Clock (Fixed Function Units) 675mhz 726mhz 607mhz 607mhz 700mhz
Processor Clock (CUDA Cores) 1350mhz 1451mhz 1215mhz 1215mhz 1401mhz
Memory Clock (Clock Rate/Data Rate) 900mhz/3600mhz 900mhz/3600mhz 802mhz/3206mhz 837mhz/3348 mhz 924 mhz/3696mhz
Total Video Memory 768MB 1024MB 1024MB 1280MB 1536MB
Memory Interface 192-bit 256-bit 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 86.4GB/s 115.2GB/s 102.6 GB/s 133.9 GB/s 177.4 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 37.8 Gigatexels/sec 37.8 Gigatexels/sec 26.7 Gigatexels/sec 34.0 GigaTexels/sec 42.0 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication process 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm
Connectors 2x Dual Link DVI-I1x Mini HDMI 2x Dual Link DVI-I1x Mini HDMI 2x Dual Link DVI-I1x Mini HDMI 2x Dual Link DVI-I1x Mini HDMI 2x Dual Link DVI-I1x Mini HDMI
Form Factor Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot
Power Connectors 2x6pin 2x6pin 2x6pin 2x6pin 1x6pin, 1x8pin
Recommended Power Supply 450 watts 450 watts 550 watts 550 watts 650 watts
Thermal Design Power 150 watts 150 watts 200 watts 215 watts 250 watts
Thermal Threshold 104c 104c 105c 105c 105c

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