Colorful iGame GTX 460 1 GB Review 27

Colorful iGame GTX 460 1 GB Review

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The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

The Colorful iGame GTX 460 uses a unique design with accented edges and polygonal flat surfaces.

Graphics Card Height

Due to the cooler's design, the card requires three slots in your system. An additional heatsink near the top of the card might also pose a problem in slimmer cases.

This is the Turbo switch, it selects between two BIOSes on the card. One runs at the NVIDIA default clocks of 675/900, the other at 820/1000. You can change the switch position at any time, but the BIOS will only be loaded at reboot. This enables easy BIOS recovery in case of a bad flash: boot from the working BIOS, switch to the non-working before flashing. Done!

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has two DVI ports, and one Mini-HDMI port (adapter cable is included). Unlike AMD's latest GPUs, the output logic design is not as flexible. On AMD cards vendors are free to combine six TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links) - and use them all at the same time. On NVIDIA cards you can use only two displays at the same time, so for a three monitor setup you would need two cards.

NVIDIA has included an HDMI sound device inside their GPU, which does away with the requirement of connecting an external audio source to the card for HDMI audio. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.3a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit output. NVIDIA also claims full support for the 3D portion of the HDMI 1.4 specification which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-ray 3D titles shipping.

Putting two of these cards in SLI requires the use of a long, flexible SLI bridge - the normal fixed straight one would not fit due to the heatsink being in the way.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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