EVGA has just officially launched a bi-GTX 460, a prototype of which we saw at CES. Named the GTX 460 2WIN, this card has been announced with better performance levels than the GeForce GTX 580. Note however, EVGA obtained its results using benchmarks for which the drivers are especially optimised. Our opinion is that the GeForce GTX 580 remains preferable in terms of practical performance.
Where this card does come into its own is in its direct support for Surround and 3D Vision Surround and it can pilot up to four screens (2 per GPU). To do so, EVGA has put into place the appropriate connectivity with three DVI Dual-Link outs as well as an HDMI out. The only slight question mark is that there is only 1 GB per GPU and it’ll be best therefore to go for 1680x1050 screens and do without antialiasing to avoid massacring performance. The GeForce GTX 590, the latest rumours on which are announcing a March 22nd release, will be better adapted to this type of usage.
Note that in terms of specs, the GPUs are slightly overclocked in comparison to the reference clocks on the GeForce GTX 460: 700 MHz instead of 675 MHz. Although EVGA has not moved up to GeForce GTX 560 Ti type specs, as we thought it might at CES, this is probably for energy consumption reasons, the GPU being similar. In double slot format, the card has similar measurements to those on the Radeon HD 6990: 29.5 cm long. Although EVGA hasn’t yet announced the offical price, it will of course be lower than that of the GeForce GTX 580, as otherwise it wouldn’t really have a raison d’etre.