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Roundup: 14 GeForce GTX 460 1 GB cards!
by Damien Triolet
Published on February 16, 2011

With its GeForce GTX 460 EE, standing for External Exhaust, EVGA is one of the only manufacturers to offer models with a fan that expels the hot air out of the casing:

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB EE: €190
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB SuperClocked EE: €200
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 1 GB FTW EE: €230

All are overclocked, the basic model just slightly, which sees its GPU clock raised from 675 to 720 MHz.. The SuperClocked model GPU is clocked at 763 MHz, while the memory is also overclocked from 900 to 950 MHz. The FTW model has a GPU clock of no less than 850 MHz and 1 GHz for the GDDR5 memory. Setting the GPU clock so high can be a problem as we’ve seen on other cards. We tested the smallest model from this EE series.

The card

For its EE cards, EVGA is using a reference PCB but has modified the power stage somewhat. While there are still 3 GPU phases and one phase for the memory, the components are different.

The blower expels the air across a radiator with three heatpipes running through it. The heatpipes are in direct contact with the base. A plate fixed to the radiator is used to for fixing the PCB and enters into contact with the memory chips, but not the power stage components. There is therefore no radiator for the power stage but a little of the air sucked by the blower passes over it.

The bundle

The EVGA card supplies a CD for drivers, a manual, a quick set-up guide, a DVI to VGA adaptor, a mini-HDMI to HDMI adaptor, 2 double molex to 6-pin PCI Express power supply cable convertors.

EVGA guarantees the EE and SuperClocked EE models for ten years in Europe via a guarantee extension as long as you register your card within thirty days of purchase. The EE FTW model has a standard guarantee of two years.

Infrared thermography

Graphics card at idle.

Graphics card in load.

System at idle.

System in load.

Although the card is well cooled at idle, its power stage gets very hot in load.

Temperature and noise readings

The temperature readings highlight the benefits of expelling hot air out of the casing. The hard drive and CPU temperatures are much lower than on other cards. The GPU is not quite as well cooled because EVGA has calibrated its cooling system so as not to make any more noise than the reference card.

Our opinion
The EVGA GeForce GTX 460 EE expels hot air from the casing without making too much noise. It will be particularly worth looking at in the framework of a multi-GPU system. Given the already high power stage temperatures, we don’t however advise you to overclock it too much. The same goes for the FTW EE model, which we advise you to avoid.

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