Performance in Synthetic and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all resolutions.
The GeForce GTX 460 SLI is not a failure, yet cannot score more than 13,000 points whereas the Radeon HD 5970 can do that.
The SLI tandem we are interested in is ahead in both tests at 1600x900 but falls behind the Radeon HD 5970 at the higher resolutions.
Final Fantasy XIV Official Benchmark
This benchmark produces an incomprehensible result in points, so we use Fraps to get more understandable numbers. It can only run at 1280x720 and 1920x1080.
As we wrote in our previous reviews, FF XIV prefers the Radeon HD 5000 architecture. Therefore, we are not surprised at the results of the GeForce GTX 460 SLI tandem. Moreover, it is inferior to the single GeForce GTX 480 at 1920x1080 although has a high enough frame rate.
Unigine Heaven benchmark
The GeForce GTX 460 SLI is far from brilliant in this test. This test favors Nvidia, but the tested SLI tandem cannot overtake the Radeon HD 5970. Even though that’s a good result considering the pricing of these solutions, we expected more from the pair of GeForce GTX 460 1GB cards here.