Inside the GTX460 boxes sexy exterior is a pretty bland cardboard storage place... As expected!
Here you can see the contents of the box – at the top – what appears to be a graphics card, below that, a 2xMolex to PCI-E 6Pin adapter, a DVI to D-SUB adapter and finally 2 installation CDs – one which is a drivers disk, the other marked as “Applications 1.0”.
Look! What’s that? A GTX460? Here you can see it comes in an Anti-Static protective bag
Beneath the bag, the GTX460’s top is covered by protective plastic film
And underneath the plastic film, we can see a very glossy GTX460! Quite a small card, but with quite a bit of presence.
From the top you can see how reflective/glossy this plastic housing is – it will no doubt be a finger print magnet.
I also feel I should include a clear shot of that GTX460 name – the one mid-range card to rule them (the mid-range cards) all?
Side on, the GTX460 looks like an adolescent GTX480 – it is 2.3 inches shorter than a reference GTX480. This is a good thing – you should be able to fit it in most ATX cases.
Here we can see that the GTX460 only requires 2 PCI-E 6pin power inputs, rather than its bigger brothers 6pin+8pin. This is a good thing too – it tells us that this card will require less power, and therefore be more energy-bill friendly, less noisy, and run cooler than the GTX480 (and other big, power hungry cards).
Here, Inno3D have decided to stick their sticker on upside down (when the card is the correct way up). nVidia clearly decided to put their logo on the correct way.
Now, a GPU’s output bracket is not usually anything worth mentioning – however, this particular one is painted/coloured in a graphite-like colour. It’s pretty cool, and definitely an improvement on the usual bare-metal look. We can also see the 2 x DVI ports, and a Display port.
Finally, we come onto the rear of the PCB – and look at it, a nice black – much better than the green used by many manufactures (for any graphics card). One thing I will note though – nVidia appear to have used a different GPU-Cooler socket than I’m used to seeing on other cards. This will no doubt mean if you have aftermarket GPU cooling (air or water), you may either have to buy additional support brackets, or even worse – completely new gear. However, I have a good feeling that the included HSF will be able to handle the heat, without being too noisy. We’ll have to see how it gets on in Benchmarking.
Finally, another artsy shot of that PCB. Lovely. Onto the benchmarks!
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