Tuesday, April 19, 2011

L.G. Gets Carded

My new graphics card, the Nvidia GTX 460 by EVGA, has arrived today. After installing it, I was very surprised to discover that the card actually has a high definition audio support alongside the video HDMI output. My receiver has problems passing through HD video signal from my computer - I have to connect it straight to my display - so I am not able to use the high definition audio feature at this time: It would be great to be able to do so to eliminate the need for my Creative sound card and open up some space on the motherboard.

The card has a lifetime guarantee. You really can't beat that.

The one thing that impresses me the most about this new graphics card is its cool temperature. It stays at the mid-40 degrees Celsius idle and the upper-60s/lower-70s at full load. My 9800 GTX ran hot at 65+ idle and it would hit the upper 70s at full load. I haven't forced games after games on the new card yet to check for performance gains  because I want to take things slow and just see the difference once I actually get to them but I did play a little bit of Grand Theft Auto IV and the game can now run with high resolution textures and all the graphics options set to maximum except for view distance (still able to get it to an impressive 80% visibility however versus 40% before). I am very happy with this little upgrade to my PC and I am confident that the card is going to stay competitive for a good amount of time as far as gaming configuration goes.

A fancy looking sticker was included in the package. Could have been more specific though.


Twizz said...

Nice addition, I heard great things about it. I'm going to be building one soon. I sent you an email on the email provided on your blog. I could use your advice on a build, ignore the info I sent in that email (was earlier this week but I have new info). Anyhow when you happen to be free I'd like to go over some specs. Thanks in advance.

Loner Gamer said...

I haven't heard from you in a long time. Feel free to hit me up on X-Box Live or PSN. If you are looking for a ready-made PC, Maingear or Alienware (if you like it to be modern-looking) are good places to check out your options. It's cheaper to build it yourself however than to buy one that is built for you.

Twizz said...

I will hit you up and we can catch up. I'm sure I will go the building method, the savings would go to games =) Thanks