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Zotac whipping up dual-GPU GTX 460?

By Matthew
Oct 26, 2010
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  1. Chinese tech site Expreview.com has published pictures of a Zotac-branded video card that packs not one, but two GF104 GPUs -- the same chip that powers the GTX 460. It's unclear whether the company actually plans to sell the "GTX 460 X2" or if it's just a toy prototype, but given the GTX 460's success, we'd sure like to see a dual-GPU edition in action.

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    And I just bought my 480's:(
     
  3. sell it ^^
     
  4. tacobfm

    tacobfm TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Ho ****. I regret getting a new computer with radeon 5770s :|
     
  5. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    omg, that would be so incredibly awesome. I cant imagine 2 of the 4GB models, you would dominate EVERYTHING!
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Enthusiast Posts: 410   +38

    mmm that looks delicious! Does anyone else have an urge to lick the surface of those GPU's?

    lol ok a bit weird, but I like what I see.
     
  7. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

    I doub't this will hit the market, seems like a concept ( hope i'm wrong) but dual Cayman will be out soon, nice consumer market shaping up. With rumors of a driver architecture overhaul for AMD in the near future (BSN) I think i'll stick to dual AMD solutions :) but this is still hot.
     
  8. whiteandnerdy

    whiteandnerdy TS Member Posts: 71

    i really hope this is real. i would buy one, maybe two in order to prepare for Crysis 2!
     
  9. iwouldgetoneofthem
     
  10. oasis789

    oasis789 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    wow. imagine 2 of those on SLI. or is 1 of them SLI already?
     
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    It's dual-GPU, so yes, it's already SLI. I also can't wait for this, or nvidias official dual-GPU beast. :D
     
     
  12. Timonius

    Timonius TS Booster Posts: 584   +33

    That has got to be one of the 'best' 'technolust' comments I've seen for a long time.

    Hopefully when this card comes out I'll be able to afford it.
     
  13. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Enthusiast Posts: 247   +12

    Hey Techspot guys, would you mind adding this one to the Christmas giveaway if it does go retail (I sure hope there IS a Christmas giveaway) :)
     
  14. neowing

    neowing TS Enthusiast Posts: 247

    How exactly "NF200 bridge chip" support "non-SLI motherboards" ? Anyone have some information about it ?
     
  15. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 196

    It's a great move from Zotac. GTX460 it's indeed an amazing card, and 2 of these lilttle monsters should satisfied incredibly well any game request. Can't wait to see a review of the 4GB version!
     
  16. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,909   +716

    @Oasis789
    It is SLI on one card, but also has an SLI connector so two cards can be teamed up - quad SLI capable, although if this card makes it to retail then I'd expect it to sport a variation of their (Zotac) GTX 480 Amp! cooler -a triple slot solution- which would limit motherboards able to run two cards - PCIex16 spacing, whether the chassis can accomodate the lower card, and SLI licence of course.


    The biggest aspect for some would likely be the ability to run Surroundvision/3D surround from one card

    All dual-GPU nVidia cards (GTX 295, 9800GX2 etc.) utilise the SLI connection within the card. Since the card uses a single PCIe x16 slot, all data travels between CPU and graphics as would a single GPU solution. All communication (alternate frame rendering) is accomplished on the card itself.
    Since multiple PCIe motherboard slots aren't required, the motherboard manufacturer does not have to purchase an SLI license to allow the GPU's to "communicate" -since no inter-GPU data travels over the motherboards chipset.
     
  17. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 124

    I dont understand why someone would want to go for dual 460 when they can end up buying single 480 card? Maybe for heat and noise or power consumption?
     
  18. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Enthusiast Posts: 247   +12

    Since the chip works internally inside the card, you won't need a SLI mobo with this card, now, if you wanna go quad-sli with two of these puppies, then you do need the SLI certified board...
     
  19. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41


    Would be good to note that all dual gpu's run in 8x mode which each other.
     
  20. oasis789

    oasis789 TS Rookie Posts: 51

    @dividebyzero
    if this card does have a triple slot for cooling, then you'd need 6 pci slots to have 2 of them side-by-side. what mobo would support that?
     
  21. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    That is when you remove the heatsinks and move to a liquid cooling solution so that you can fit these in your system. Or you know, wait for the 5970 to come out.
     
  22. Well, I get up to the woah wagon. No need of a new mobo to have two gtx 460. It will sell like hotcakes.
     
  23. motrin

    motrin TS Enthusiast Posts: 156   +8

    Olivia Munn comes to mind..
     
  24. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    oh ffs, I meant 6970, I fail at being snarky...bah!
     
  25. crzydave

    crzydave TS Rookie Posts: 23

    mhm 6870 or dual 460's mhm
     


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