Club3D GTX 460The GeForce GTX 460 1 GB from Club3D is a sort of alternative version to the reference card that we imagine has been optimised to reduce costs. This is a design used by several manufacturers:
Club3D GeForce GTX 460 1 GB: €190
Club3D GeForce GTX 460 1 GB Overclocked Edition: €200
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB: €190
Twintech GeForce GTX 460 1 GB: €180
We tested the standard Club 3D 1 GB version. Note that the same design is used for the 768 MB Club3D models.
The PCB used by Club3D is identical to the reference one, with just a different brand and a few different components. Instead of the usual black its in the more standard green.
The cooling system is pretty similar to the stock cooler, but with a more standard, rectangular design. 2 copper heatpipes lead up from the base of the cooler and are in direct contact with the GPU heatspreader. A slightly bigger fan, 9cm against 8cm for the reference card, handles cooling.
The cooler is only fixed around the GPU with four screws and small cushions have been placed at either end of the PCB so that there’s not too much pressure when the card is handled as this might damage the PCB. Here again, it mirrors the reference design.
Club3D sells its card with both a minimalist packaging and bundle: a CD with drivers and the manual, a quick installation guide and a DVI to VGA adaptor are supplied in the bundle.
Club3D offers a standard 2 year guarantee.
Graphics card at idle.
Graphics card in load.
System at idle.
System in load.
The Club3D model is very close to the reference model and is therefore well cooled. Its power stage however gets slightly hotter.
Temperature and noise readings
The full readings confirm that the card has a very similar functioning to the reference model, both in terms of heat and noise, which is well managed.
Although this model doesn’t give anything on top of what you get with the reference card, it isn’t any worse in terms of effectiveness. Both are good solutions and only differ in terms of pricing.