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Performance in Third-Person 3D Shooters

Just Cause 2

This game’s integrated benchmark does not report the bottom frame rate, so we measure it with the Fraps utility.

The GeForce GTX 460 1 GB is not much faster than the GeForce GTX 465 in terms of average frame rate but its bottom speed is higher, which makes the resolution of 1600x900 pixels playable. This might be expected as the GeForce GTX 460 has more TMUs and a higher core frequency. The new card is competitive to the Radeon HD 5850 at 1920x1080 but neither of them has a comfortable bottom speed, even though the pre-overclocked Gainward improves it to a near-playable level. Graphics cards like GeForce GTX 460 are no good for playing this game at 2560x1600 because even the Radeon HD 5870 cannot cope with that.

Resident Evil 5

The new card feels good at every resolution, so the factory overclocking of the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB , even though makes it almost as fast as the GeForce GTX 470, brings no practical benefits. At the reference frequencies the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is roughly as fast as the GeForce GTX 465, both cards being inferior to the Radeon HD 5850 but much faster than the Radeon HD 5830, especially in terms of bottom speed.

Performance in RPGs

Mass Effect 2

We enforced full-screen antialiasing using the method described in our special Mass Effect 2 review.

As opposed to most other tests, the new GeForce GTX 460 1 GB is lagging behind the GeForce GTX 465 in Mass Effect 2 but the gap is really negligible. Moreover, the new card delivers a higher bottom speed at 2560x1600 thanks to its more advanced texture-mapping subsystem. The factory overclocking helps improve the speed of the GF104 to a comfortable level. The new card is overall competitive to the Radeon HD 5850, which is an achievement considering its price.

 
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