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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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  • Francois LeBon

    That card is extremely impressive, the GTX460 pricing is so good too.

  • Terry

    MSI are kicking ass in 2010, no doubt about it. loved all the products you guys have reviewed here in the last couple of months.

  • Eric K

    Very good review, and what an overclock!

  • Steve

    The cooler looks very like a Zalman design, glad you spotted that also. Wonder if they had a hand in this card. Where the hell are Zalman lately anyway?

  • Brian

    Its hard to fault the GTX460 and these third party designs are pushing the box even further.

  • Bob

    Wicked, very good price for such a modded design.

  • Tech Head

    MSI are really using high quality components arent they? shows in all their products we are seeing lately.

  • Raymond

    Well this is my new card, once I can find it for sale.

  • Serge

    Love the design, remember my zalman GFX cooler years ago, this looks very similar.

  • Tri Color

    Damn, thats a sexy card. the price makes them such a good deal, not far from hd5850 in highly overclocked states either.

  • Brad

    I would never have contemplated MSI for a graphics card, not until recently anyway.

  • Larry

    Seems like a good value for money video card. the market is so competitive in 2010, I love to see it.

  • Daz

    This card overclocks like a mofo, wonder if they hand picked it for kitguru however ?

  • Derek

    Great review and I love the look of this baby.

  • Stefean Dwight

    This is a lovely looking product and well priced. I hope to see more from MSI in the future in this price point.

  • Trein Farkirk

    That is such a well made product really but they have stiff competition from other GTX460 makers

  • Dave Gormley

    Well im glad to see the 1gb version has keep the MSI flag flying high, the 768mb model got good reviews also.

  • Harik Fayid

    This begs the question, why the hell did nvidia make a 768mb version anyway, it seems so pointless really.

  • Jay

    This seems to be a good price for value for money, under 200 now gives such good offerings to the end user. over 200 seems pointless unless you need 30 inch screen resolutions when gaming.

  • Roger Wanddon

    Seems a good first choice this, ATI are weak at 199. which is weird for them. 5850 needs to drop to 200 now.

  • Fred

    Very nice product that. good pricing from MSI also, should sell well cause I want one 🙂

  • Tim

    It actually shows how competitive the market is in 2010 at this time, 3 years ago, a card like this would have been a high end board.

  • kiner

    ROP of GTX 460 1GB GPU should be 32 units.
    Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) should be 37.8 as well.