Reviews and Problems with MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC
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Value for money 10
MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC Video Card
3 September 2010
Conclusion: From a performance standpoint, it's impossible to argue with the numbers this card puts up, at its price point. As I hypothesized in my Final Thoughts, this is really a 5850-class card from a technology standpoint, and it performed like one. Overclocked up to what seems like its natural operating point, at 850 MHz on the core, it swept the field in its market segment. The cooling performance was first rate, including the noise required to achieve it, which was quite low.
Pros: Attractive and effective cooling system, World-class monitoring and control software, Excellent overclocking headroom, Outstanding price/performance ratio, 1000 MHz Samsung GDDR5 overclocks better than 1250 MHz parts, Very low idle clocks = low power consumption, Low fan noise, even with performance fan profile, Memory ICs are cooled by airflow from fan, PCB manufacturing quality looks good, Driver updates with improved performance were ready at launch
Cons: Military Class Components = Mostly Marketing Speak, All heat from the card is pushed into the case interior, Mini HDMI connector offers no benefit over standard size
Excerpt: 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.