Leadtek Winfast GTX 460 EXTREME

    A couple of days ago my comp suddenly died. It did not turn on and all. At the same time, I must say that I did not open the case, probably for a year, or even more, therefore, when it turned out that the cooler on the 600-watt PSU did not rotate, I decided it was in it. I went to the store, bought the same, but this did not solve the problem. OK, put together a minimal configuration, and began to add by element. As a result, it turned out that the culprit of the "triumph" is a video card. Moreover, the speaker was silent as a partisan, because at first he sinned on a power supply unit, which eventually turned out to be a worker - it was only necessary to change the CO.

    But the story, of course, is not about how I returned life to hardware, but about a new (for me, not in principle) video card. A portion of the budget was eaten by buying a PSU, and I almost imperceptibly almost stopped playing toys, so it was decided to limit the choice to the middle-end segment. After looking through the price list, I laid out five and a half kilo rubles and brought home a Leadtek variation on the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460. But the standard version with 768 MB of memory seemed somehow not at all solid, and as a result, a card overclocked by the manufacturer to 800 MHz with a gigabyte of memory on board and the word Extreme in the title settled in PCI Express.

    GeForce Leadtek did not go far from the canonical design, and made almost a copy of the original, limiting itself to applying its graphics and other cosmetics.

    The card occupies two slots, but is very elongated along the long side, so it does not seem particularly monstrous. At the end, two DVI connectors and one mini-HDMI are soldered (there is no adapter for standard HDMI in the kit, and this is sad). Under the plastic casing is an aluminum radiator with a copper base and the same heat pipes with a diameter of 8 mm - for more efficient heat dissipation. In general, it must be said that the cooling system copes with its task on a solid five. Even at maximum load, the Carlson did not yell like a cut, but rustled barely audibly.

    The whole solution is based on the GF104-325-A1 graphics core with seven multiprocessors (there are eight in general, but one is disabled), each of which consists of 48 stream processors. Total 336 workers. In this version of the GF104 with 1024 MB of video memory, all four blocks of raster operations, a 256-bit memory bus and 512-MB L2 cache are used. In addition, as I said, the Leadtek Winfast GTX 460 Extreme is called extreme because the manufacturer overclocked the GPU from the standard 650 MHz to 800 MHz, and the GDDR5 memory from 3600 MHz to 4 GHz. In practice, this gives a performance increase in synthetic tests of the order of 15%. However, I did not use the standard 460th, so I can’t confirm the information myself - it remains to trust the Internet.

    But I can share the numbers from 3DMark Vantage on the following configuration:
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte EP41-UD3L;
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 @ 3000 MHz;
    • Memory: 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM);
    • Video adapter: Leadtek Winfast GTX 460 EXTREME;
    • Hard Drive: Seagate ST9500420AS ATA Device (500GB);
    • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit).

    Performance preset - 19401, high preset - 12467, extreme preset - 8354 points. As for games, Crysis 2 at maximum settings showed slow-motion instead of a smooth picture, so I had to disable FSAA, leaving the general settings in Extreme mode. So it was possible to achieve 50 fps.

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