If you’re on the lookout for a GTX460, you had two choices – the 768MB versions, or the 1GB variants.  From our recent review, the 1GB versions, due to their increased memory bus width, outperformed the 768MB versions by quite a few percentage points.  This is also reflected in the price of the 1GB 460 over the 768MB 460.  So now Gainward are adding to the mix, with a 2GB GTX 460 model.


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The Gainward GTX 460 2GB ‘Golden Sample’ uses the same 256-bit memory bus width as the 1GB cards, giving the same rated memory bandwidth as the 1GB models.  Out of the box, the card comes pre-overclocked from 675MHz to 700Mhz on the GPU, and stock-clocked at 3600MHz (effective) for the memory.  Ports come in the form of HDMI, two DVI, and a VGA. 

Gainward’s marketing of their ‘Golden Sample’ series is to promote the overclockability of their cards through improved design and cooling – this card is promoted with 6mm water-based heatpipes and an 80mm fan.  The GPU of the 1GB version of the cards, as shown at AnandTech, overclocked to around 825MHz-835Mhz on stock voltages; the double memory on this Gainward 2GB card could ultimately limit memory overclocking.

Two questions arise from the dust – does anyone really need a 2GB frame buffer on a graphics card, and how much does it cost?  To answer the first, not many; GPU programmers who require large graphics memory and do not want to shell out money for Tesla products could take advantage.  In terms of gaming, a few gaming situations and resolutions would see an immediate benefit from the extra memory; however, with the expectation that gaming will become more detailed in the future, the 2GB could allow for a degree of future proofing.  In answer to the second, we’ve heard around $280 is the consumer price.  Looking at Newegg.com, a 1GB GTX 460 will set you back at least $230, and the 1280MB GTX 470 comes in at $330 – thus positioning the 2GB GTX 460 between the two.

Ultimately, performance and overclocking figures will show if the 2GB frame buffer, and the price, is justified.  There’s no word on release date yet, but expect Gainward to start shipping review samples as soon as they can.

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  • Marburg U - Sunday, August 1, 2010 - link

    Useless but for sli.
  • TareX - Sunday, August 1, 2010 - link

    It's actually quite important for smooth 3D gaming of the new FPS titles at a decent framerate....

    Not to mention Maya and the like...
  • kallogan - Monday, August 2, 2010 - link

    I'd like to know how anand managed to make badaboom encoding tests in their gtx 460 reviews cause badaboom isn't working right now with these gpus. Is there a trick or something ???? modded drivers ?
    It's really annoying to see everywhere reviewers make it work while the badaboom version provided with my gainward GTX 460 isn't even workin'. I tried the last badaboom version provided on their website. Same thing.
  • stangflyer - Monday, August 2, 2010 - link

    I have a 5970 right now with eyefinity at 5040x1050. There are a few games that when using AA are using up the 1gb video memory. Maybe 1.5 would be perfect. 460 with 2gb would be a very good card for multimonitor gaming.
  • jecastejon - Monday, August 2, 2010 - link

    I use OctaneRender which uses a gaming and Pro GPU for un-biased renderer. It uses only the GPU memory for the rendering process so it is critical to have enough on board memory. Right now it is based on CDA so it only runs on Nvidia cards. The 480 comes with 1.5 gb but these 460 with 2 gb are very attractive to me as I can use 2 for close to $100 more than one 480. Also, 2 of these 460 installed on the same machine will provide 670 total cores and this is more powerful than the 480. At the end of this year I will be upgrading my PC, basically buying a new system optimized for Maya and Octane. To me this initiatives are very good news.
  • eVFX - Friday, August 6, 2010 - link

    I believe you mean based on CUDA not CDA. Anyways, my Quadro FX1500 doesn't work with OctaneRender so I'm definitely in need of an upgrade this month. I'm looking at the 1GB+ GTX 460's since I want try out The Foundry's Mari as well.

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