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Sunday, 04 July 2010 14:09

GTX 460 listed in Europe

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

€200+ for 768MB version

The GTX 460 launch is still a week away, but some eager retailers have chosen to ignore NDA’s, much like Fudzilla, hence we’re seeing the first relatively credible listings in the European market.

Nvidia has high hopes for its new GF104 core, as it is significantly cheaper to produce than the GF100 and it doesn’t require nearly as much power as Fermi cards. In fact, the GTX 460, in both 768MB and 1024MB iterations, should finally provide Nvidia with a competitive DirectX 11 product in the lucrative performance segment.

Our price search engine is currently listing Asustek’s ENGTX460/2DIS/768MD5, a reference board clocked at 675/900/1350MHz for the core, memory and shaders. It packs 336 shaders and 42 texture units. Power consumption is rated at 150W, which seems a world apart from the GTX 470 and 480.

Of course, the GTX 460 should not be compared to the GTX 470 or GTX 480, as it is supposed to take on AMD’s highly successful HD 5800-series cards.  Although we’ve seen some early benchmarks, it’s still a bit too early to say how the GTX 460 will measure up to AMD’s HD 5850 or HD 5830. In terms of pricing,  it’s somewhere in-between, as it’s currently listed just above €200, so performance should be close. Mind you, the GTX 460 768MB will probably sell in the €180 to €200 region once it becomes widely available. The 1024MB version should cost around €30 more, depending on the rest of the spec.

Be as it may, we’re glad to see Nvidia back in this very popular market segment, as it might put more pressure on AMD to reduce prices, which have remained steady since Cypress series launched in Q4 2009.

You can check out the listings here. The launch date is July 12 and at this point we don't expect major availability issues, so consumers will probably be able to pick up a GTX 460 as early as next week.
Last modified on Sunday, 04 July 2010 14:23
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+14 #1 CRoland 2010-07-04 19:23
To be between 5830 and 5850 is should be at least as fast as 465, which sounds unlikely given the naming scheme. I hope that's true, though. The market segments needs competition, bad.
0 #2 SolidSteel144 2010-07-05 11:47
So when do we get the full 384 SPU version?
+7 #3 nforce4max 2010-07-05 13:48
200 is a lot for a card that is going to under perform the 58x0 and older gen cards. This is why people are buying new ati cards or sticking with what they have already.
+1 #4 steddy 2010-07-05 16:24
@ CRoland
Considering the clock speeds, I would imagine it would perform at about the same level as the GTX 465. I think the 465 will be replaced by the 460. I suspect that the 465 was a tool to use some of the defective chips, and, as TSMC's yields improve, they will become unnecessary and will gradually disappear.
0 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-05 16:53
Quoting steddy:
as TSMC's yields improve, they will become unnecessary and will gradually disappear.

Nvidia's chips yield if far form perfect... "unnecessary" is a naive understatement.

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