updated 07:20 am EDT, Mon July 12, 2010
NVIDIA puts out GTX 460 at ideal price
NVIDIA today brought out its first more frugal GeForce 400 series chipset in the form of the GeForce GTX 460. The recently leaked hardware uses the new 40 nanometer, GF104 chipset and is actually in some areas faster than the GTX 465. It has fewer stream (visual rendering) processors, at 336 versus 352, but has more texture addresses at 56 compared to 44; it also has a faster clock speeds across the board with a 675MHz core, 1.35GHz shader (effect) clock speeds, and a 900MHz actual speed for its GDDR5 memory.
The board still supports the full visual feature set of more expensive cards, including DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 as well as extras such as 3D Vision Surround. As a Fermi chip, the GTX 460 prioritizes general-purpose tasks and handles CUDA, OpenCL and PhysX.
NVIDIA is primarily targeting the new GeForce hardware at AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5830 and promises to compete on both price and features. A stock GTX 460 will cost $200 with 768MB of memory and match the cost of the Radeon; early tests put it generally ahead even with less memory. A 1GB version at $230, however, promises to outperform the 5830 further still while still costing less than the older $250 GeForce GTX 465.
Cards from several manufacturers are available for Windows upgraders immediately from stores such as Newegg. Computer builders should also use the GTX 460 for pre-assembled systems in the future, although no models have been launched so far that come with the new graphics.