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GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N460SO-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 336 CUDA Cores
  • 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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Serious gamers require serious gear. That is why Gigabyte has developed the Super Overclock Series. All of the GPUs in these graphics cards have been cherry-picked for top performance, efficiency and reliability. Innovative GPU Gauntlet Sorting selection process ensures that only the highest-performing GPU processors are used for these graphics cards. Coupled with Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable VGA boards, users can rest assured that the Super Overclock Series graphic cards will not let them down as they enter the digital battleground.

The GV-N460SO-1GI features overclocked 815MHz Core Clock (standard 675MHz) and Gigabyte’s WINDFORCE 2X, 7 phase PWM design, OC Guru graphic card smart tuner and voltage read point. Coupled with GeForce GTX 460’s ground-breaking features including full Microsoft DirectX 11 support and NVIDIA PhysX, CUDA, SLI and 3D Vision technologies, the GV-N460SO-1GI enables immersive, realistic visuals and explosive HD gaming performance so you can dominate the competition.

  • newegg GIGABYTE GPU Gauntlet Sorting GIGABYTE’s very own GPU Gauntlet Sorting process is the key to the best GPUs for Super Overclock Series. A GPU must pass a sequence of tests to be selected. This unique process offers three major advantages. First, full-throttle performance tuning improves overclocking ability by at least 10% to 30%. Second, optimized thermal efficiency lowers extra temperatures by 5% to 10%. Fan speed is guaranteed at standard rpm in high-rated 3D and physics-accelerated games to reduce noise for an absolutely quiet environment. Lastly, expert power switching lowers power switching loss by 10% to 30%. With GPU Gauntlet Sorting, GIGABYTE SOC graphics card guarantees higher overclocking ability.
  • newegg WINDFORCE 2X: Anti-turbulence Cooling The GV-N460SO-1GI is equipped with WINDFORCE 2X cooling solution which employs special inclined dual fans to effectively minimize the flow of turbulence between two fans and enhance heat dissipation of hot area right underneath each fan. With a unique design, WINDFORCE 2X even enlarges air channel on the graphics card vents and creates a more effective air flow system in chassis. This special design helps heat dissipate quickly from GPU. In addition, WINDFORCE 2X is equipped with 2 copper heat-pipes which strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.
  • newegg Ultra Durable VGA + Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable VGA+ features 5+1 quality components to support top performance in graphics benchmarking. It uses one NEC Proadlizer (also known as film capacitor) on the GV-N460SO-1GI to provide amazing current capacity and extremely low ESL/ESR for super overclocking ability. The added proadlizer transmits more stable power even during heavy loading.
  • newegg Pure Power Architecture The Gigabyte GV-N460SO-1GI features a 7 phase PWM design with 6 for GPU and 1 for memory, which leads to a more stable system and better overclocking capability. The 6 power phase status LED indicators indicate graphics card’s current power phase, helping users monitor power consumption.
  • newegg OC Guru – Graphic Card Smart Tuner Gigabyte’s graphics card tweaking utility OC Guru puts together the best combination of software/hardware overclocking, with 3 profiles to cater to users’ different needs - OC (for overclocking mode), Gaming (for gaming mode), and Green (for power saving mode). Gigabyte’s distinctive adjustable software offers gamers to adjust tuners for memory, voltage, and fan speed.
  • newegg Voltage Read Point Gigabyte’s specific voltage read point allows users to change the voltage simply through software instead of manually adjusting any components on PCB, offering hardcore gamers an ultimate benching experience at overclocking competition. It is easy for overclockers to master the platform and monitor GPU workload at any time just through voltage read point.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael B.
  • 10/8/2013 9:41:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGigabyte RMA'd this card....

Pros: When it worked it was great.

Cons: 4 months before the 3 year warranty was up the card flaked out and died on me.

Other Thoughts: Currently waiting on Gigabyte Tech's RMA process. I filed for RMA on 9/25/13. They approved it and I shipped it 9/27/13. They received the card on 10/2/13 and didn't open the box and start repairing it until 10/4/13. I called today, 10/8/13 and the guy said that it would probably be fixed later this week. So that means I have to wait another 2 weeks before it shows up on my door step. Gigabyte's RMA service is extremely SLOW.

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  • Michael B.
  • 9/25/2013 7:55:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat while it lasted

Pros: For a GTX 460 it was very fast and very capable. Often times it ran games at higher settings than what the game producer said it could.

Cons: After little over 2 years it fizzled out on me today. The computer began to suffer from failed nvidia drivers while playing games, then began to lock up at random times while artifacting out, sometimes windows would just stop responding all together and both monitors would go black. This time I had a lockup with 2 blacked out monitors, after rebooting I was greeted with a Post screen full of white lines, when the windows 8 logo appeared I had white lines with a black box in the middle of the screen then back to 2 black screens.

Other Thoughts: I don't hate Gigabyte as I have always had good luck with them but 2 years? Really? Just 2 years? My BFG Tech GTX 260 OC lased twice as long easily, it still works today actually.

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  • Jay C.
  • 9/4/2012 5:11:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew life in a middle-aged PC

Pros: This chipset was reviewed as being a great balance of power for its price, and it has delivered solidly over the past couple years. At this point my CPU was holding it back (Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz), so I OC'ed that (to 3GHz) and now the GPU is the limiting factor again, but at very acceptable FPS & features.

Additionally, these are supposed to SLI well, which would be great now that I could get a used one cheaply, but my mobo doesn't support that :( Charts from others indicate a solid 50% gain though, IIRC.

The card has not had any heat issues, etc, and has really delivered what I was hoping for.

Cons: None.

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  • Mr. K.
  • 9/7/2011 9:23:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Buy

Pros: Extremely Silent, never gets above 63 degrees even on very warm days, usually runs 50 to 55 depending on game. I have a Storm Sniper case so cooling is phenomenal. Frequency stepping when not in game or watching fullscreen video, drops to 51 Hz and runs at 28C. Runs some games at 405Mhz, if fullspeed isn't required, simply awesome, however, see the cons. I replaced my BFG 8800GTS512, an excellent card, and don't regret it, I wish I had an SLI motherboard. Awesome card for a great price with the current rebate.

Cons: There is a high pitched squeal that occurs at occassional times in some games. A benchmark with 3DMark2001SE will definitely make your ears cry. I RMA'ed my first card because of it, I tried to get it back, see why below, but once Newegg replaces your item, it is gone, so sad. The guru software shouldn't have even been released and locked up my games, I have been using the "other" freeware for NVidia cards and have had absolutely no problems since December of 2010. Card automatically downclocks when not in game, so internet videos sometimes will freeze when you maximize for full screen and the card is supposed to increase frequency, it is very irritating, and sometimes causes the browser to crash, at least with IE7, I recently installed IE8 and haven't watched enough videos to see if it is a problem, it may be a flash or browser issue, jury is still out.

Other Thoughts: I was very disappointed that this one made noise too, so it must be a characteristic of capacitors on the card. I was especially disappointed because my first card ran furmark maxed out without artifacting for an hour at 915MHz without any voltage changes and my replacement card will only reach 850. So much for the guaranteed 10% headroom... All in all, this card rocks, I recommend it, and I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the noise, but mostly because my new card, although completely stable, won't overclock past 850, 10% guaranteed headroom, remember... OC Guru may have been fixed, but I don't trust it, it originally made me think the card was faulty, A****B***** rocks! One other thing, recently one fan starting making noise, it was hitting the cover of the plastic shroud for the power wires of the fan, phew, scared me.

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  • Melissa K.
  • 8/17/2011 8:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card

Pros: Runs extremely cool. I mean like ATI cool, 28C idle, 60C FULL load Crysis 2 1920x1080 ( this does also depend on proper case airflow)
Powerful!
Great hardware components, power phase LEDs are a nice touch. NEC Proadlizer for clean power.

Cons: Documentation doesn't tell you that one of the power phase LEDs doesn't light up until the card is loaded, kinda stressed that it was defective until I ran a benchmark and it lit up... So it works.

Other Thoughts: Just a great card for a pretty good value. If you don't care about that "mining" fad, then grab this card... Games are meant to be played! What are you waiting for?

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  • Kevin Z.
  • 7/16/2011 8:13:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsBUYER BEWARE

Pros: "WHEN" it works, it's fast.

Cons: BUYER BEWARE

Had to RMA my Gigabyte video card, received it back with no communication on what they did.

Video card continually locks up during games and even at boot-up.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 5/20/2011 3:11:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSome Tips for people with Issues

Pros: OC Guru isn't doing the freezing thing I spoke about in the review I just left. I updated it; maybe that fixed it.

So never mind that complaint!

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: For those having issues with windows 7, I assure you the card is fully compatible!

I never installed the GeForce drivers from the disc, I installed the ones from Nvidia website.

What you may have to do is update your motherboard BIOS. My motherboard had a BIOS update that included "improved VGA compatibility".

I re-installed Windows 7 x64 when I got this card.

Maybe you forgot to plug in the power connectors!

If your card still doesn't work after you try the steps above, you may have a bad card.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 5/18/2011 1:49:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMean and Green

Pros: idle: 29C

100% load: 61c

No issues, no crashes, no glitches, great drivers w/ per game profiles (latest downloaded driver).

Drivers allow global adaptive power!
- basically, in Windows, GPU clock goes down to 50, shader to 101, memory 135 rendering the desktop - still performs perfectly, and should last MUCH longer, use MUCH less power, and be MUCH cooler - as evidenced by the idle temps. Perfect for computers that are on 24 hours!

Cooler is incredible.

Fan at factory setting (40%), I cannot hear this over the rest of my system unless I stick my ear up to it.

At the stock overclock, the fan never needs to increase speed, as it never goes over 61C at 100% GPU usage

Full settings or not, this card is capable of rendering the best graphics I've ever seen

BioShock at 1080p everything maxed, DX10, set to ambient occlusion, uses only half the GPU! It's beautiful too.

With emulators, can set it to GREEN setting, so the clocks are all down (cooler, longer life) Th

Cons: Cannot display or adjust the GPU voltage on this card with OC Guru or Afterburner

The Gigabyte Website is barren and vague when it comes to support.

The OC Guru software seemed great at first since it's so simple, but it sends some kind of interrupt every time it gets a new reading - this means all video updates (graphic rendering) freezes for a split second every few seconds. You can test this by dragging a window around the desktop while this application is running, minimized or not, it still freezes.

So, you won't want this app running. While it's a small, light program, this interrupt ruins it's usefulness as an app that can run in the background, sitting in the tray.

Look, all I want is a little tray icon I can click _once_ to open it, or right click for a small menu from where I can select: Gaming, Green, Custom 1, Custom Profile 2 ... something like that. And you should be able to name your profiles whatever you want. You should be able to disable the reading (grap

Other Thoughts: Wish I bought the 560 Ti. I feel this might not be enough for new games in glorious settings @ 1080p. DiRT [1] cannot max out with all cars smoothly, but that game is poorly optimized.

Was heartbroken at first because I was getting very erratic FPS in DiRT (the first game I tried), but after the DiRT patches it gave me 35 FPS more! WHEW

Not quite enough for the 6 or 8 car races @ 1080p smooth, but that's a CPU bottleneck too. I hear the later Codemaster games are much better optimized

I haven't tried many games yet, but I'm hoping to get better results.

***I hope OC Guru is improved to allow to turn off the graphs/monitoring!

OS: Windows 7 x64
Case: Antec 900 Gen1
PSU: Seasonic 650X Gold
MB: MSi CD-53
CPU: Intel i5-750 (turbo enabled)
RAM: G.SKill 4GB F3-10666CL8D (1333 Mhz X.M.P) 8-8-8-24
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 460 Super Overclock (stock clocks)

**Antec 900 Gen1 case, you either need: Right angle SATA cable when HDD is adjacent to this GPU, or need HDD cage in last

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  • Samuel A.
  • 3/22/2011 6:43:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Performance

Pros: As past reviews have indicated, this is a high-performance nvidia based 460, that is just about the equal of most 470 video cards. Solid construction, high frame rates, no heat or any other issues.

Cons: Would have preferred "lifetime warranty" as offered by some other branded cards. Not much of a con, since many credit cards increase the warranty coverage by an additional year.

Other Thoughts: It was a difficult choice between this card an an ATI based 6870 - the great reviews of the Gigabbyte GTX 470 SOC tipped the balance. In the past, I used ATI based video cards, and decided to use nvidia for this build. No complaints in the past with ATI cards, I'd likely be happy with a quality 6870.

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  • David B.
  • 3/18/2011 8:53:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFreezes at Windows 7 startup

Pros: No Pros---Did not work!

Cons: Never worked after loading drivers. Always would freeze just before Windows 7 (64 bit) desktop. Reloaded drivers multiple times with no success.

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