A forum member at Expreview BBS has leaked slides relating to Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce GTX 460 release in four days’ time. The details are not from Nvidia however, but for Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 460 768 MB. It does seem to feature the same reference design previously leaked, and it is safe to assume the details will be identical for all reference GTX 460 768 MB cards.

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A forum member at Expreview BBS has leaked slides relating to Nvidia’s
upcoming Geforce GTX 460 release in four days’ time. The details are not
from Nvidia however, but for Gigabyte’s Geforce GTX 460 768 MB. It does
seem to feature the same reference design previously leaked, and it is safe to assume the details will be identical for all reference GTX 460 768 MB cards.

There are no major surprises – GTX 460 768 MB is a 336 SP, 192-bit GPU with 768 MB GDDR5 clocked at 900 MHz and core clocked at 675 MHz. It requires 2 x 6-pic PCIe connectors, and a minimum 450W PSU.

The price is $199 for the 768 MB variant and between $229-239 for the 1GB model. As noted before, this is a very aggressive price for a GPU that is expected to outperform the $220 HD 5830.

And it does live up that expectation, edging out the HD 5830 in most situations. However, it must be noted that the benchmarks are generously sprinkled with Nvidia favouring titles, such as Far Cry 2. In reality, we can expect the HD 5830 and the GTX 460 768 MB trading blows. The GTX 460 768 MB performs very close to the $280 GTX 465, and the GTX 460 1 GB is likely to perform on par, if not slightly faster, than the GTX 465, at $50-60 less. Effectively, GTX 465 might well be the shortest lived product, having been on the market for less than 45 days.

AMD is unlikely to be much concerned, however, though they might be forced into a price cut, especially for the HD 5830. If the GTX 460 768 MB can sustain the $199 price supplying large quantities, AMD will be forced to cut the price of the HD 5830 by $20-$30. The HD 5850 continues to retail at $290, $30 more than its launch MSRP! The HD 5850 will continue to lead both variants of GTX 460, though a price cut could put more pressure on Nvidia.

Finally, it is worth pointing out that the HD 5830 is perhaps the only weak link in the otherwise successful HD 5800 series. While an important victory for the GTX 460, it is clear to see how minor the improvement for the GTX 460 is over its predecessor, the GTX 260. Apart from the new features like DX11, it is likely that large number of HD 4870 or GTX 260 users will hold on to their cards. Ideally, the HD 5850 should be selling at $200 at this stage, but that hasn’t happened this generation due to the lack of Nvidia cards and thus, lack of price wars.

You can view the full slides at Expreview.