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Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 Specs and Launch Date Leaked

Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 Specs and Launch Date Leaked

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 will arrive in early-mid July and has a 180W TDP and 768MB of GDDR5 memory. Pictured is a GTX 470, sorry.

Computex 2010: Word on the Computex show floor is that Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 460 GPU will 'still run hot, but overclocks awesomely: you'll get GTX 480 performance.' We were told the card length is equal to that of an ATI Radeon HD 5770 (8.5in) but it has a 180W TDP at stock speeds.

The GTX 460 is set to have only 768MB of GDDR5 memory, rather than the 1GB of some HD 5770s and of all HD 5850 cards, and will use a 192-bit memory interface, which is wider than the 128-bit bus of the HD 5770 but skinnier than the 256-bit bus of a HD 5850.

The GeForce GTX 460 uses the newer GF104 Fermi die, and parts will only launch with the Nvidia reference-design cooler at first, with custom coolers coming later. This is unlike the recent GeForce GTX 465, where partners could do what they wanted from day one. The GeForce GTX 460 will be available early-mid July.

Are you looking forward to mainstream Fermi parts that 'overclock awesomely?' Let us know your thoughts, in the forums.

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SchizoFrog 2nd June 2010, 16:32 Quote
"The GTX 240 is set to have only 768MB of GDDR5 memory,"

You sure about this?
CharlO 2nd June 2010, 16:38 Quote
Yea, it will melt, but if yo Oclockit you will get it to melt as fast as a 480! For just the money you can get a 5830!
Kris 2nd June 2010, 16:52 Quote
So, how can this thing beat a 5770? In most things, 5830 is closer to a 5770 than a 5850, and a 5830 is just about equal with gtx465. Chopping off so many shaders + mem bandwidth + amount of memory? I find if far fetched to believe, that it can be anything but a very lousy alternative to a 5770.
Claave 2nd June 2010, 17:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
"The GTX 240 is set to have only 768MB of GDDR5 memory,"

You sure about this?

Gah! Am I ever going to get used to GeForce 4-series naming? Thanks for flagging!
Bindibadgi 2nd June 2010, 17:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
"The GTX 240 is set to have only 768MB of GDDR5 memory,"

You sure about this?

GTX 460: 786MB of GDDR5 - yes, I've had that confirmed. Some partners could double the GDDR5 density to 1536MB, but I think Nvidia really wants to hit a price and performance point. It needs to compete well with HD 5770.
rickysio 2nd June 2010, 17:22 Quote
Matches it in heat, methinks.

Where's my MSPaint'ed GTX460? ;)

Might get this to replace my aging 9600GT.
wuyanxu 2nd June 2010, 17:33 Quote
how will this be better than current gtx260-216 which has 216 stream processors and have a price tag of £80.
xaser04 2nd June 2010, 17:36 Quote
Given the relative (lack) of performance of the GTX465 I don't think this card will perform all that greatly given the hardware sacrifices.

The TDP seems high as well given the specs.

EDIT: The lack of vram will possibly hurt it in certain games as well (compared to the HD5770).
Instagib 2nd June 2010, 19:26 Quote
Still no nvidia card worth buying then. :-(
Ph4ZeD 2nd June 2010, 19:39 Quote
Looks like I'm sitting pretty with my cards then.
Madness_3d 2nd June 2010, 19:46 Quote
This is exactly why I just bought a second 280. More performance than a 295 or a 480, And it cost £300 less. I'll wait until there's some DX11 parts with performance worth upgrading for.
Bindibadgi 2nd June 2010, 20:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Matches it in heat, methinks.

Where's my MSPaint'ed GTX460? ;)

Make me one and ill update the photo. I dont have time - always writing here and it's 2am now. I need sleep :(
Xtrafresh 3rd June 2010, 00:01 Quote
so basically they now claim that they can get the same performance from the GF104 as they get from the GF100? That's rich...

Some speculation on the price here, but are they going to position it between the 5770 and the 5830, continuing their strategy of not directly competing but jumping in the gaps between ATI cards?

I must say, i'm genuinly interested to see what this thing has to offer. Fermi architecture, low price point, DX11... It could be a nice card to put in SLI for a triplecreen 3D setup, no? That is, if they managed to get a grip on the production process so this one doesn't melt.
alwayssts 3rd June 2010, 01:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
GTX 460: 786MB of GDDR5 - yes, I've had that confirmed. 240-stream processors is our calculation based on the relation of SIMD count to memory bit-width compared to other Fermi architecture cards. 480/384bit/1536MB, 448/320/1280, 352/256/1,000, 240/192/786MB. Some partners could double the GDDR5 density to 1536MB, but I think Nvidia really wants to hit a price and performance point. It needs to compete well with HD 5770.

In my opinion, I would edit the article to reflect 240sp is a guess.

After-all, it doesn't make sense unless they literally doubled the flop count per shader. GF104 is supposed to be a new architecure, or rather, the units/bus will likely be changed to be in different ratios, I doubt they'll do anything that extreme...but it's possible.

Until that one Chinese article with screenshots/benches is proven fake, I'm rolling with that: GTX460 being 336sp, 192-bit, 768MB, 130W TDP clocked at 675mhz/3600m and performing similar, if not better compared to a GTX465. Proof that FLOPs to nVIDIA are important more than most anything else.

Even assuming THAT'S true though, it would take a 1ghz clock to equal a GTX480 in it's shader flops, which is very important to it's architecture in relation to game performance. I don't think that will be happening, as I imagine it will be constrained by the 150W limit of the power connectors/voltage, not to mention it makes no sense with 768MB. Certainly somewhere close but not equal to GTX470 (5850?) performance seems possible when overclocked (It would take ~810c/5580m to be similar to the 470, not accounting for the 512MB less RAM...5% less or so on the core to equal 5850). Still, a better price/performance/watt option compared to the GTX465 and 5830...Maybe even 5850 depending on where it's priced.

On the other-hand, if there's another GF104 part that is 384sp, 256-bit, which seems likely...That could be VERY interesting. I imagine that's where the 180W TDP comes from. Such a a part clocked at ~875c/5544m would equal a GTX480...

Ah, now we're getting somewhere. That seems VERY possible, if not at stock then at least through overclocking (accord to the 900+mhz rumors, and your article.) ;)

BTW, you should use either that GF104 core/pcb pic to replace the 470 one in the article...Just as it will in reality.
Calle2003 3rd June 2010, 02:23 Quote
Surely there will be some custom cards from Zotac, EVGA with 1536 MB RAM (double) as it has been released before with NVIDIAS previous cards. About graphics 1536 memory is needed when running for example GTA IV at full spec (after hacking the ini file I still see some graphical artifacts due to too little graphics memory).

My CPU Spec: Core i7 860@3.80 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 8800 GTS 512
javaman 3rd June 2010, 02:29 Quote
Even if it overclocks to 480 speeds, will it not need a 480 cooler to stop it melting your case?
2bdetermine 3rd June 2010, 02:46 Quote
GTX 480, 470, 465 failed!!! Now 460 hopeless!
ParaHelix.org 3rd June 2010, 10:03 Quote
I've hardly used my boxed up GTX275 and now apparently it's old! :'(
Spanky 3rd June 2010, 11:22 Quote
According to Hexus this is between 15 - 20% slower than the 470.

Nvidia have released another stinker :D
songzila 3rd June 2010, 12:51 Quote
insanely awesome nvidia, i am using GeForce 9800 GTX .
Redbeaver 3rd June 2010, 15:14 Quote
ugh... and im still on 8800GTS 640MB....

this thing better perform at least 20% better (from the 20% increase of 640 to 768MB) than my card...

AND

...priced no more than $199.

then its a deal. its a decent upgrade for me going to Dx11.
Bindibadgi 4th June 2010, 11:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alwayssts
In my opinion, I would edit the article to reflect 240sp is a guess.

I admit I got it wrong and removed it. :) I heard 2-something and tried to work out the rest on little sleep. Others have reported 288 and an OEM part, but since I haven't had that confirmed by manufacturers here I won't put it in our article. I've heard nothing about the OEM side, but if that's the truth then good for them :)
PopcornMachine 4th June 2010, 21:21 Quote
I can't see how this card could possibly overclock to the level of a 480.

Even if it were true, NVIDIA wouldn't do it. Then they couldn't see their existing models.

Far be it from them to do the customer a favor.
Kris 5th June 2010, 10:07 Quote
But please, when you edit your articles: let us know what you removed/changed, so it's there for retrospect as well as a show of honest that you, lets say, made a mistake and admit it :)
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 15th June 2010, 19:37 Quote
Nvidia needs to get the price down to $179 USD and hopefully a Gtx 460 SLi set up would give you performance that is 15% better than a single Gtx 470 and you got a winner.

A Gtx 465 Sli set up is very nice and a Nvidia price drop would make GTx 465 sli the best choice.

can't wait to see the benchmarks of a GTX 460.
Bakes 15th June 2010, 19:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krayzie_B.o.n.e.
Nvidia needs to get the price down to $179 USD and hopefully a Gtx 460 SLi set up would give you performance that is 15% better than a single Gtx 470 and you got a winner.

A Gtx 465 Sli set up is very nice and a Nvidia price drop would make GTx 465 sli the best choice.

can't wait to see the benchmarks of a GTX 460.

GTX465 SLI is hotter, noisier and slower than the much cheaper Radeon 5850 Crossfire. Yes, an nVidia price drop would make it look nicer but word is that nVidia are already selling their products at a loss (the cores are significantly more expensive and they're still rumoured to be at about a 10% yield).
Quote:
Originally Posted by CharlO
Yea, it will melt, but if yo Oclockit you will get it to melt as fast as a 480! For just the money you can get a 5830!

We haven't seen it yet, don't judge until you know the performance and overclocking ability.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
how will this be better than current gtx260-216 which has 216 stream processors and have a price tag of £80.

The GTX260-216 is actually about £145, depending on where you shop. Also, it's priced to clear - once they're gone, they're gone. It's like the Radeon 4890s on Scan a few months ago for £130 - great price, great product, MUCH faster than other cards for the similar price, but once they've been sold, no more are coming in.
bw67958 16th June 2010, 16:25 Quote
Anyone remember the Geforce 5 and what a cock up that was?
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 30th June 2010, 04:43 Quote
I really gave Nvidia a chance this time around but every scenario has me buying a HD 5850 crossfire set up for my next rig.

The heat and noise can be fixed with custom cards but the high wattage for a Sli set up is too much for me as it adds $150 to $200 for a 1000 watt PSu vs 800 watt for a HD 5850 set up.

waiting to see a HD 5890 before I make my final decision.
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