by Justin Walker

Back in March, NVIDIA launched the fastest most technologically advanced GPU in the world – the GeForce GTX 480. I borrowed a pair of GTX 480s out of our lab and took some time to geek out over the visual bliss delivered by 6 billion transistors worth of graphics horsepower.

When I brought the cards back to the lab, one of our summer interns asked me when our next Fermi GPU, the GeForce GTX 460, was going to be available. He was a big PC gamer and had been saving up all summer for a new graphics card but didn’t think he would be able to save enough for a GTX 480. Instead, he knew from testing out an early version of the GTX 460 that he loved its performance, and of course, its price.  When a gamer with access to all the latest graphics cards on the market tells you that he’s waiting for the GTX 460 – you know you have something special on your hands.

Well today is the day, my friend. The GTX 460, the next great gamers’ GPU from NVIDIA, has arrived.

The GTX 460 is the first graphics card that will be able to play today’s most demanding Direct X 11 titles at high resolution – 1920×1200 – with playable frame rates, for under $230. For those gamers that bought a $200 graphics card a few years ago, now is a great time to upgrade. Compared to the GeForce 8800 GT, for example, the GTX 460 provides 4.5x the geometry horsepower, up to 2.6x the gaming performance, 4.5x the PhysX performance, and 3D Vision in full 1080P HD.

We package all this performance up in a graphics card that is only eight and a half inches long with a whisper quiet fan so you can fit it into a compact chassis that is perfect for the home or toting to your favorite LAN parties.

GeForce GTX 460
Between Starcraft II, Mafia II, Lost Planet 2, World of Warcraft Cataclysm, Crysis 2 and FEAR 3 there are a ton of great games coming out this year and I can’t wait to tear ‘em up with a GTX 460. I hope you have a great time gaming on the GTX 460 too. Let us know what you think!