palit Product Launch: Palit GeForce GTX 460, GTX 460 Sonic, GTX 460 Sonic Platinum

Palit Microsystems held a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 series product launch in Singapore on 17 July 2010 at Sim Lim Square. VR-Zone.com brings you more details!

Palit Microsystems, longtime graphics card manufacturer, launched its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 series of products on 17 July 2010 in Singapore. The GeForce GTX 460 graphics processing unit (GPU) was just officially announced by NVIDIA, on Monday, 12 July.

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The Palit product launch was held at Sim Lim Square, Singapore’s largest electronics and IT DIY mall.


 

First, a little about the GF104 chipset, that makes its debut on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460: unlike the higher-end GeForce GTX 465, GTX 470 and GTX 480 based on the same GF100 chipset, the GF104 is a re-designed GF100 with less processing clusters, aimed at bringing Fermi performance to the masses. The end product is more power efficient, and supposedly cheaper to manufacture.

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The GF104-based GeForce GTX 460 has 336 CUDA cores, a graphics clock of 675MHz, a processor clock of 1350MHz, and a memory clock of 900MHz. However, the GeForce GTX 460 can have two memory configurations – a 192-bit memory interface with 768MB of GDDR5, or a 256-bit memory interface (read: faster) with 1GB of GDDR5.

 


 

A short presentation about the features of the Palit GeForce GTX 460 cards was delivered to the audience.

There are three variants available – the Palit GeForce GTX 460 768MB, the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic 1GB, and the Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1GB. The 192-bit 768MB version has a 675MHz graphics clock and a 900MHz memory clock. The 256-bit Sonic 1GB runs slightly overclocked at 700MHz and 900MHz respectively.

The flagship GTX 460, the 256-bit Sonic Platinum 1GB is factory overclocked to 800MHz and 1000MHz respectively. This particular card is purported to be 17.5% faster than the basic GeForce GTX 460 768MB.

Palit has slapped the same cooler on all three cards – a dual-slot cooling solution. To keep operating temperatures low (and improve overclocking headroom), a large aluminium heatsink with two copper heatpipes is mounted atop the GeForce GTX 460 chip. Palit has opted to use a dual ball bearing fan on these cards. Ball bearing fans are less fussy about orientation, and also have a longer lifespan as compared to sleeve bearing fans; they are also more expensive to manufacture.

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After the presentation, the audience was invited to participate in a short question and answer session. Answer a question based on the presentation and you will get a Palit gift. As simple as that!

 

Meanwhile, local overclocker NightRaven and personnel from Convergent Systems were busy setting up a system for the eagerly-awaited overclocking demonstration.

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While the boys sweat it out over their system at the corner, much attention was given to the two lovely ladies at the event! Many in the audience whipped out their handphones and digital cameras when the ladies posed for pictures.

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