The card is significantly better than a GTX 460 SC. Also, the overclocking potential is insane on this card with stock air cooling, reaching 1ghz!!!:
Pushing the voltage on the core as far as it would go we managed to get it stable at an incredible 1ghz ! with memory topping out at 4000mhz effective. Shader values also increased from 1620mhz to 2000mhz. Incredible results.
The MSI GTX460 HAWK ‘Talon Attack’ Edition is easily the best GTX460 card we have tested, which came as somewhat of a shock to us, especially as we expected the eVGA GTX460 ‘FTW’ to hold the Number 1 mantle for a while. Already, within a week, the honours have changed hands.
In regards to performance, there is nothing to fault as this is the first GTX460 that we been able to overclock to 1ghz on the core, a monumental achievement and one that ensures it will sell extremely well.
They are placing this card ahead of a GTX460 FTW, which costs about $250. I think for the extra $30 (comes to $140 after rebate compared to $110 for GTX SC), this card is definitely worth it if you game a lot. It also has a 3 year parts warranty, compared to EVGA's 2 year parts warranty.
They even pit the card against x2 HD5770 (in crossfire), and in some tests the Hawk Talon Attack pulls ahead by 20+ FPS.
Amazon has the EVGA GTX 460 SSC+ edition for $149.99 after $20 rebate. Note that it has higher clocks than this MSI card. EVGA is generally considered a better brand than MSI. EVGA rebates are 100 times better than MSI rebates.
The MSI card does seem to have a better cooler. Not sure if one over clocks better than the other.
Also note with the EVGA card you get Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, Scrapbook Artist 2 and Printshop 2.0 Deluxe from EVGA for free. Very good deal if you need the software. Photoshop Elements 9 goes for ~$60 on ebay. PrintShop 2.0 Deluxe goes for ~$25. No clue about the scrapbook software.
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