Let us take a closer look at the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB. Pictured below is the card itself.
Its red-colored printed circuit board (PCB) reminds us of Gainward’s Golden Sample cards. A dual slot single-fan cooler is in charge of keeping temperatures in check.
The Sonic Platinum features two DVI dual-link outputs – one of them is DVI-D, while the other is DVI-I. There is also a HDMI output, as well as a
old school VGA output.
There are two small vents on the I/O bracket to allow hot air from the card to be exhausted (and out from the case too).
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 460 supports only two-way SLI, hence we see only a single SLI bridge connector on Palit’s Sonic Platium.
Power is supplied to the Sonic Platinum via two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors.
Note the large opening behind the two power connectors – air from the fan is effectively channelled through the card’s voltage regulation module (VRM) area, and out through that opening.
An aluminium heatsink – although not very beefy – with two copper heat pipes extending from the copper base is employed to cool the graphics core.
We have the slower GeForce GTX 460 768MB from Palit here for comparison purpose. While both cards share the same external appearance, the 768MB uses a simple aluminium block with no to cool the graphics core.
There is nothing much on the back of the Sonic Platinum, but we have included it for your viewing pleasure.
Is that all? Not quite. We get busy stripping the Sonic Platinum of its cooler next page.