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Gainward GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GS-GLH

This cooler has three parts: the main heatsink, the power circuitry heatsink and the cover. The main heatsink has copper base and cools only the core. It also has heatpipes for improved heat dissipation. Both heatsinks are under the same cover that has a fan in the middle. The fan is low-speed, so the cooler is nearly silent.

Inno3D Geforce GTX 460 OC 1GB

This is a similar cooler, but it has no power circuitry heatsink. This fan is also a low-speed one, so the cooler is also nearly silent.

Leadtek WinFast GTX 460 768MB
This is a reference cooler. Under the cover is a oval heatsink with heatpipes. Only the core is cooled. Thanks to the low-speed fan, the cooler is quiet.

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC

A Zalmanesque round cooler with heatpipes interconnecting heatsink's sides and bottom and a massive fan in the middle. Only the core is cooled. The fan is silent, so the cooler is very nice in this regard.

Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1024MB GDDR5

This cooler is very similar to Gainward's, just the cover has a slightly different shape.

Zotac ZT-40402-10P

Zotac provides a turbine that drives air through the heatsink, cooling both the core and the memory chips. Thanks to the low rotation speed, the cooler is quiet.

Traditionally, we monitored temperatures using EVGA Precision (based on RivaTuner).

Gainward GeForce GTX 460 1024MB GS-GLH

Inno3D Geforce GTX 460 OC 1GB

Leadtek WinFast GTX 460 768MB

MSI N460GTX Cyclone 1GD5/OC

Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum 1024MB GDDR5

Zotac ZT-40402-10P

MSI's Zalmanesque cooler wins, Zotac's solution lags behind a little. Maybe its low speed and that it cools both the core and the memory chips results in the higher overall temperature. Solutions from Palit and Gainward do a great job cooling down those noticeably overclocked cards. In general, the cooler performance is quite nice, the temperature doesn't exceed 80°C (except for that of the Zotac's card).

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