The Gainward is the first affordable gaming card to deliver a playable frame rate at 1600x900 with maximum graphics quality settings. The ordinary GeForce GTX 460 1 GB with reference frequencies cannot do that but looks good against the Radeon HD 5830. It must be noted that the new card is somewhat slower than the GeForce GTX 465 at resolutions above 1600x900, probably due to its smaller cache and fewer ALUs. There are no other reasons for that because besides the mentioned parameters, the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 465 in everything, including peak memory bandwidth.
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The GeForce GTX 465 1GB finds it easy to keep up with the Radeon HD 5850 in this test at the reference frequencies, being somewhat slower at high resolutions but faster at low ones. The frame rate is comfortably high in every case. The pre-overclocked frequencies of the Gainward card make it competitive to the GeForce GTX 470. So, the GF104 proves to have high potential once again.
This game is tested without multisampling antialiasing as it worsens the textures and provokes a performance hit.
The resolution of 2560x1600 is only available with the Radeon HD 5870 which hails from a completely different price category. At lower resolutions the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB easily ensures a high speed, being far ahead of the GeForce GTX 465 both at 1600x900 and 1920x1080. We have no doubt the latter card is doomed now. Like in some previous tests, the pre-overclocked Gainward is almost as fast as the GeForce GTX 470.
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We use the game’s DirectX 10.1 and DirectX 11 modes for graphics cards that support them.
The pre-overclocked frequencies of the Gainward GeForce GTX 460 GS GLH do not affect the performance much. There is some limiting factor. It cannot be the amount of TMUs because the card would be faster than the GeForce GTX 470 then (the latter has 56 TMUs, too, but clocks them at a lower frequency). Anyway, we can see that the gap between the two versions of the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB and the GeForce GTX 470 is much smaller than it should be theoretically. On the other hand, each of these three cards is fast enough to play comfortably at 1920x1080.