The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 is a graphics card released back in 2010 and has been met with praise. The card garnered quite the attention during its 6 year run, and we are here to see how the card is holding up.
The question isn’t if the graphics card is still on top of the market, because obviously it’s not. No one should expect it to be after 6 years, in a market that shifts every year or even half a year.
However, GeForce GTX 460 users out there might be interested in whether or not it’s time for them to upgrade. Again, there is no doubt that people could buy a better GPU in terms of availability, but for some, computer upgrades can’t come first and the pile of responsibilities prevent them from getting their setup up to date. If they can delay the extra expenditures for another year, why not hold on to the ol’ GTX 460?
With this card, you get access to all of (or at least the important ones) NVIDIA’s features such as OpenGL 4.0, PhsyX and of course, DirectX. While DirectX is not actually an NVIDIA feature but a Microsoft service which has now reached version 12, it’s still a crucial requirement for graphic applications such as games. The GTX 460 comes with DirectX 11 support, which isn’t top of the line anymore, but it’s still a supported version in games and other applications, so GTX 460 owners are still good to go in that department.
The chip also comes with 1 GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1.7 Ghz frequency. It uses PCI Express 2.0 x 16 which is still relevant today. But in a situation where someone would be unwilling to change the GPU, there are slim chances that they would opt to get a top tier motherboard that only supports the most current PCI Express 3.O).
All in all, the GTX 460 still manages to do a decent job, despite its long run. GTX 460 owners that are reluctant to upgrade can delay the inevitable for a little longer, but it’s obvious they won’t be able to tap into the full effectiveness of today’s applications which require much higher specifications.