For a while Palit went through a phase of putting a large robot frog on their graphics card packaging but those days are gone now and instead the GTX 460 Sonic Platinum arrives in a cool, professional looking box. It features plenty of product information and inside we find a driver CD, quickstart manual and a single Molex to PCIe power cable.
As Palit are part of a much larger component manufacturer they have significant resources to hand and this has allowed them to design their own version of the GTX 460. The redesign starts with the choice of a red PCB which has a standard PCI-Express 2.0 connector at the bottom. Next we have a cooler which is similar to the NVIDIA reference design but uses a different cover over Palits standard orange 9 blade fan and aluminium heatsinks with copper heatpipes. On the back we can see the 2-Way SLI connector and various product information stickers.
Turning the card round we find Palits choice of outputs. On this model there are two Dual-Link DVIs, VGA and HDMI. Audio over HDMI is supported, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio and on the top edge of the card we find the two 6pin power connectors.
As this is a Sonic Platinum branded card the specifications differ from the reference design. We still have the 40nm GF104 core with 336 CUDA Cores, 32 ROPs and 1024MB of Samsung GDDR5 connected by a 256-bit Bus however the core, memory and shader speeds have been enhanced. The core rises by 125MHz to 800MHz, with the shader moving from 1350MHz to 1600MHz. A significant increase can also be found on the memory which sits at 1000MHz instead of 900MHz.
All of the standard features are present on the Sonic Platinum and these include DirectX11, Shader Model 5.0, DirectCompute 5.0, PhysX, CUDA, OpenCL and Purevideo for high definition acceleration.
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