PALiT GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB GDDR5 Video Card Review

 
 
 
PALiT GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB GDDR5 Video Card rated Kickass by 3dGameMan.com

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Sponsored by: Palit Microsystems
Review category: Video Cards
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The PALiT GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB GDDR5 Video Card has a core speed of 800MHz, the Shader Clock is 1600MHz & the 1024MBs of GDDR5 256 bit memory is 4000MHz DDR. It comes with 336 CUDA cores, 56 texture units & 32 raster operators. The texture fillrate is 44.8 Gtexels/s, pixel fillrate is 25.6 GTexels/s & the memory bandwidth is 128GB/s. Without a doubt, this is the best bang-for-the-buck video card currently on the planet.


 

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Palitusa
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If you look at this review.

Palit Sonic Platinum score 14000 on 3dmark Vantage.

ATI 5770 1GB score 8700...thats almost double the performance.

And even though that review have the heatsink VRM, that doesn't mean heatsink increase double the performance.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-460-review/23

I understand that this is a ATI dominated and remember Palit used to sell ATI also, it just that ATI did not supply Palit with enough GPU to sell world wide so we have to stop selling ATI.

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My 5770 doesn't perform nearly as well as the 460. Even though the clocks are higher, there's something else going on....

Like how Intel's i7 920 @ 2.33GHz is faster than AMD's Phenom II x4 965 @ 3.2GHz.

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Depends on what 460 card you are comparing it with. Go into ATI CCC and set every setting for performance. AA off, AF off, v sync force off, etc...

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I am really disappointed about PAILIT

The card Rodney is reviewing is clearly missing the VRM heatsinks :(

See video review (2.01)

http://futuremark.yougamers.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1412355

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fizzylumi wrote:

I am really disappointed about PAILIT

The card Rodney is reviewing is clearly missing the VRM heatsinks :(

See video review (2.01)

http://futuremark.yougamers.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1412355

Because they passed the temp test properly without heatsinks on the vram so it's not needed...

Anonymous

Yeah, but without those heatsinks that means less of an overclock.

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It's normal for the finished retail products to differ from the engineering samples. This is why I never read early reviews of hardware that use these samples. To avoid this you should only watch Rodney's 3GM video reviews. I wouldn't get all hyped up about this honestly. It's not a bait and switch tactic. Some review websites like to review the engineering samples because it gives them time to write articles and take pictures before the hardware is released. Rodney is asked all the time if he wants to review these engineering samples, but he normally declines and waits for the retail product. I'm sure at some point in the production of these cards they budgeted the costs and effectiveness of the VRM heat sinks. Contrary to the thinking processes here, most memory technologies do no require cooling if they are running within acceptable levels. What they have done here is make an effectively powerful video card at the cost of 200$ ~ 250$. These concerns about heating and noise are most likely overly exaggerated. Then again, we are only talking about a kickass mid-range video card. XD

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Those reviews are Engineer samples.  And GURU3d is in UK. So UK region that sent the sample to them was out of our control.

Palit USA sent Rod the correct one which is the mass production one.

Understand that when we send to our press in the US, we send mass production samples.  If you have question regarding why UK or other region sent out the one with heatsink, please contact them for further questions. 

But we will look into this and keep you updated, but keep in mind the US/Canada have a 2 year warranty so there is no reason for consumer not be confident enough to buy our product.  Palit US is the only region that offer 2 years warranty to North America at the moment due to high demands.

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First of all, thank you for responding.

My main concern is that this card is the OC version and they are saying that the

ambient romtemperatur limit is sett to 45C. The inside of a computer case can reach 50C..

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1. A room of 45c is 115 F...I dont think anybody is that crazy to play in a room over 100 degree.

2. This is a Midrange card and is already default overclocked. 

3. Please look at all the manufacture that sells GTX460.  Do you see the heatsink in them that they are selling in retails?  I only see their heatsink in reviews also.

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Palitusa wrote:

1. A room of 45c is 115 F...I dont think anybody is that crazy to play in a room over 100 degree.

2. This is a Midrange card and is already default overclocked. 

3. Please look at all the manufacture that sells GTX460.  Do you see the heatsink in them that they are selling in retails?  I only see their heatsink in reviews also.

Thanks.

 

Sorry for my bad english

What is the limit of the inside of a computer case, inn C?

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If my case was hitting 45ºC I'd buy a better case before buying video card.

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I think the importance is how is the temperature of the video card (usually 45c-70c).  The Palit Sonic Platinum have heatpipes on the cooling unit so it does keep the video card cool and also have 2 ball-bearing on the cooling fans for quietness.  I wouldn't worry too much about temperature as this is a mid-range card.  If you read alot of reviews, alot of medias did not talk much about temperature.

But if you read about GTX480/470 reviews, there was much talk about the temperature reaching 80c.

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hi im from the uk and i just got the 768MB card it hasn't got the VRM heatsinks.

but not all the uk reviews showed the card with them .

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PALiT said they aren't going to have VRM heatsinks installed on them. The ones in reviews that do have them are engineer samples. The ones that are being mass produced don't have those heatsinks, which in my opinion is sad.

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Here is release statement from our engineers.

Without a MOSFET heat sink (the samples for review had installed the heat sink)
Answer:
1. It is no need to add a heat sink for those components (MOSFET for power circuit). We had passed the thermal qualification testing for the specification. The NV reference board does not add it too.
2. Here is GTX460 testing process. (Palit tests each card before shipping out to customers. Other VGA vendors only test randomly)
All our GTX 460 1GB “SonicPlatinum” boards are passed “burning test” with at least 2 hours under 45 degree C in chamber.
All those boards have not any heat sink on the VRM (MOSFET) components.
The temperature on the VRM (MOSFET and other components) are not over 80 degree under 45 degree chamber.
We run 3Dmark2006 “GT2” that was suggested by NV for the thermal testing.

Please be confidence with our serious testing process, which you don’t need to worry about any “damage” possibility.
“Quality” always is our priority. Thank you!
 

Anonymous

Indeed Tesselation is a pretty cool thin, but how many games do really suppot that technology? Only a few. I guess that there will be the 6000 series by AMD and the 500 (or 600?) Series by nvidia before before the video games will really use Tesselation.

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ATTENTION EVERYONE WHO HAVE BOUGHT OR DO OWN PALIT GTX 460 SONIC PLATINUM VIDEO CARD:
You should check at the end of your video card because PALiT had mistakenly but a bad patch of these video cards to the market - SOME OF THE CARDS ARE MISSING THE VRM HEATSINK! Under high stress this problem might break your VDMs permanently, which break the whole video card, and this also makes the card cause more noise as it should.

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Anony,

Those heatsink on the VRM is for engineer sample.  The one we send to Rod is the production sample.  So it is not a bad batch.  There are alot of manufacturer retail card that dont have heatsink, maybe in reviews because they sent their engineer samples.

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So what you're saying this that you are producing cards without all the proper heatsinks? I'm sorry, but that is very sad considering each heatsink for those are extremely cheap. Is there anywhere that we could buy these and install them ourselves?

And here I thought Nvidia/Mfg had made the perfect card for your budget...

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The proper cooling is on the final retail cards. The engineering samples are for testing and evaluation only. You can always buy BGA Memory Heatsinks. This is just one example. http://www.crazypc.com/products/5110.html But this should not be needed honestly.

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Mr Green,

Those review you see from all over even MSI, ASUS, EVGA.  They have heatsink, but do their retail/mass production have them?  Maybe you should go investigate.

The one we sent to Rod is indeed our mass production. Our product have a 2 year warranty.

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BTW: I added the PriceGrabber link at the top for the Palit GTX 460 Video Card, for those who are interested in purchasing one. There are still not a lot of resellers for these, but that will change soon enough.

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how much better is this card than the gtx 460 768mb card ? moneys a real problem at the moment....

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1GB would be better performance, just don't buy an OC version, do it yourself and save $$. Looking at your account you are in the UK. I don't know what the cost is like over there to buy these cards. If it's a difference of like 40 or 50 US dollars then get the 768MB if you are tight on money. The difference is around 5fps faster for the 1GB version over the 768MB. That speed difference is mostly from the bigger bandwidth. You can always over clock the 768MB version and get back that 5% easy. However the 1GB will perform a lot better with really large screen resolutions and complex options such as 4x AA.

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cheers for the info,

Im new to upgrading my pc and i've found this site and forum really helpfull.

as my Radeon HD 3870X2 seamed to be getting a little dull , and didnt seam to run well in my my newer pc'.

so for 149.99 pounds i just got my  PALiT GTX 460 768MB installed and it truly is KICKASS...

so thanks all for your info.

and just one more thing, now were can i learn all about setting up my bios ?

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i knew the 460 card was gonna be good when it was gonna come out . But out of all cards on the market i thought the 5850 was the best value card including highs mids, and lows . 

EGG

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do a giveaway with this video card :).

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We are doing a personal giveaway "FERMI GIVEAWAY"

http://www.palit.biz/us/sharefile/Fermi%20Giveaway1.swf

Anonymous

Hey is there a technical issue in ATI 5770's? I read many complains at Tomshardware about system failures. I'm planing to buy the Card but I'm bit confused, If you can help me I really appeciate it, Thank you so much.......

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My 5770 works just fine. If you overclock it using the regular drivers that came with it, it will crash. DON'T use CCC to overclock it at all, even going 1MHz higher than stock will make it unstable. Use MSI Afterburner for that.

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it's really nice to see Nvidia getting back in the game with the mid range cards. i'll admit that i'm partial to nvidia, as i was partial to the Voodoo cards way back when. ah well. if i'm not mistaken this cards' release also means that nvidia has redon the 470 and 480 cards, as i've not heard as many complaints about noise and overheating. 

please correct me if i'm wrong. i really want some 480's so if i am please let me know  =)

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This really is a kickass video card. Took nvidia a while to get back into it but i'm still gonna wait till the 6 series from ATI before upgrading though.

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Very nice review as always! If this card runs Crysis it can run anything!....lol
 I might put two of these in my new built!!! :D:D:D

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-Lizardan.

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I was going to get this but I lost a bit of money in a bet and then it was a noshow.

...Sean...

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I've read some bad things about their technical support.

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I am sure there is no perfect tech support in any company.  Every manufacturer/companies have a couple customer who can never be satisfy because it's how it is in the US Market.

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Anonymous

Rodney, it looks like that card in your review is one taken from a bad batch. It lacks the large black heatsink covering the voltage regulators. This is why the card is so noisy in your test.

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Let me contact Palit and ask them directly.

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I GOT Game

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Should have been 100% Kickass!

tghe price alone makes this one of the best cards on the market and the 1gb version is better then the 465 and the HD5850 in most tests!

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Well, remember, this is still a mid-range video card and while it performs very well, it doesn't perform on par with higher end video cards.

This is the same reason I gave the HIS HD 5850 video cards I reviewed KICKASS ratings and not 100% KICKASS ratings. In my books, performance is KEY in a video card. Other reviews might think differently and that's perfectly fine. It also depends on what's included, the cooler, etc. Now a product like the HIS HD 5970 gets a 100% KICKASS from me, because I believe it's exceptional overall.

I hope this makes sense to you ;)

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Wow this card is super duper. 

Anonymous

You should really not put to those videos that say "The video review for this product has been released." Most people hate those.

Anonymous

the price of this video card makes me want to buy it, but already got a HD 5770 a few months ago..

Anonymous

Very nice card, I'd purchase this, if I had the cash. ^_^

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This is sick at SLI. It matches up to a GTX480 while being cheaper.

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get your hands on a 480  so u can put the myth  of  it runs hot and draws a lot of power to a end im using one and draws maybe  20 more watts then my 295 did and doesnt hit over 65c at load

Anonymous

was going to get a HD5570 until I started researching this card, I am SO glad that I waited. I'm def going to be picking up a GTX 460.