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 new GeForce GTX 460 1GB is ahead of the GeForce GTX 465 and Radeon HD 5830 but not as much as in the most of our gaming tests. It cannot score 7000 points at the reference frequencies. The pre-overclocked Gainward exceeds that score, being close to the GeForce GTX 470 and far ahead of the Radeon HD 5850.
The gap between the GeForce GTX 460 1GB and Radeon HD 5850 is smaller in the second test where the new card from Nvidia manages to win at 1600x900. Otherwise, 3DMark Vantage does not have anything new to tell us. The GeForce GTX 460 1GB is faster than the GeForce GTX 465 and outperforms the Radeon HD 5830. It is almost as fast as the GeForce GTX 470 at the pre-overclocked frequencies.
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.
This is the only test where the GeForce GTX 460 1GB is inferior to the Radeon HD 5830. The pre-overclocked from Gainward overtakes the opponent, though. Final Fantasy XIV seems to prefer the Radeon HD 5000 architecture.
Unigine Heaven benchmark
This test is going to be Nvidia’s home turf as it certainly prefers the GeForce series. Like in most of our gaming tests, the GeForce GTX 460 1 GB competes with the Radeon HD 5850. Take note of the fluctuations in bottom speed: the new card is inferior to the GeForce GTX 465 in this parameter at 1600x900 but better than it at 2560x1600. The factory overclocking makes the GeForce GTX 460 1Gb as fast as the Radeon HD 5870 or even better (at 1920x1080).