NVIDIA's plans of releasing a mid-range product in its GTX 400 series have not exactly been a secret over the past couple of months, but it seems that the GPU manufacturer has decided to put an end to speculation and finally make the “tessellation monste
r” technology available at a significantly lower price point, one that even mainstream consumers might find sufficiently affordable.
With 336 NVIDIA
CUDA cores and 56 texture units, the GeForce GTX 460 is powered by a 40nm GF104 chip and clocks at 675 Mhz, while the shader frequency is set at 1350 MHz. Additional tech specs you might be interested in include the 192-bit/256-bit memory interface, the VRAM memory running at 3600 Mhz, as well as the 2-way SLI support.
The new GPU from NVIDIA incorporates dual-DVI and mini HDMI outputs, while the power consumption level is fairly OK (at least compared to its top-range siblings), since we're talking about a TDP of up to 160W.
According to NVIDIA, their new graphics unit
will be available in two versions, namely the GTX 460 768MB, with a 192-bit memory interface and an estimated U.S. price of $199 and the GTX 460 1GB, with a 256-bit memory interface at an estimated US price of $229. The first version is available as we speak from some of NVIDIA's leading OEM partners, including here ASL, ASUS, Colorful, ECS, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, Jetway, KFA2, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, Sparkle, Zotac and others, while the second version should become available at some point in late July. We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is . Follow me on Twitter @AlexVochin.