NVIDIA launches new GTX 460 SE GPU to no fanfare
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2010 - 11:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have really never been able to recommend the GeForce GTX 460 768MB graphics card; the performance drop from the 1GB model to the 768MB model of these cards was much more dramatic than the slight frame buffer change would indicate. The performance drop really came from the move from a 256-bit to a 192-bit memory bus width. It would seem that NVIDIA was paying attention to this criticism and is releasing a new GF104-based GPU called the GeForce GTX 460 SE that still doesn't quite get it right.
|GTX 460 1GB||GTX 460 SE 1GB||GTX 460 768MB|
Though I am not 100% sure what the performance differences will be on these new cards compared to the other 460 models, I am just slightly annoyed that NVIDIA would offer another option that is partially crippled, just in a different way, from the GTX 460 1GB. Maybe annoyed isn't the right term, maybe I am just disappointed. Neither the GTX 460 768MB or or the GTX 460 SE 1GB take away from the goodness that is the GTX 460 1GB card but now we are going to have even more confusion in the market. After all, isn't "Special Edition" better than not??
NVIDIA is still apparently planning on keeping all three offerings in the market for the foreseeable future so if the 1GB GTX 460 (full version) is out of your budget, at least you have another option to take a look at. The GTX 460 SE 1GB should be a better solution for high memory bandwidth use cases compared to the GTX 460 768MB which will be slightly better at shader or tessellation performance.
We are getting some samples in this week so expect reviews up soon!
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