Release roundup: New cases, low-voltage RAM, and a 2GB GTX 460

With IDF in full swing in San Francisco, smaller hardware makers are probably in no hurry to unveil new products, lest they be overshadowed by bigger fish. Still, our inbox collected a handful of announcements from Lian Li, OCZ, and Zotac:

  • Lian Li adds two new models to its V-Series. Is it me, or does Lian Li have something new to announce every time we put one of these roundups together? This time, the company has introduced new PC-V1020 mid-tower and PC-2120 full-tower enclosures. Both have pull-out motherboard trays, side-mounted storage bays, and wheels at the bottom.

  • OCZ announces next generation ultra-low and extreme-low voltage DDR3 memory kits. These low-voltage kits are aimed at desktop users and rated for operation at up to 1600MHz, but according to OCZ, they still comply with the "JEDEC ‘DDR3L’ low-voltage standards." Interesting. Platinum ELV 4GB and 6GB kits purportedly run at only 1.35V, while the Reaper HPC and Gold ULV kits, available with 8GB and 12GB capacities, have 1.5V ratings.

  • Zotac announces GeForce GTX 460 2GB. The headline pretty much says it all: this is a GeForce GTX 460 with 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB. In addition to the extra RAM, Zotac overclocks the card’s GPU slightly to 710MHz (up from the base 675MHz), and it throws a copy of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands in the box.

I’d be interested to see just how much of an impact 2GB of RAM has on the GTX 460. Our testing didn’t show much of a difference between the card’s 768MB and 1GB variants, though.

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    • jalex3
    • 9 years ago

    well that lian li is a beast 11 pci slots!!! 0.0. im think maybe i will get a black mid towers version

    • Wintermane
    • 9 years ago

    a 2 gb card will help exactly in the same places where a low end 512 mb card helped. Where the textures and shaders and all will eat up more then 256 mb or in this case 1 gb.

    And yes there are some games that can do that if your using aa and highest texture detail and such.

      • hapyman
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah I thought that they showed during more intense DX11 games (at higher settings) that the 460 1gb out performed the 768 version due to ram. Could be wrong but they recommended the 1GB version.

      • continuum
      • 9 years ago

      I doubt it… hell with a Radeon HD 5870, going from 1GB to 2GB didn’t show much, and a GTX 460 is even slower and hence less capable of taking advantage of the extra memory…

    • axeman
    • 9 years ago

    This is probably less dumb than the super duper low end cards with 512MB on a 64-bit memory bus

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      9500GT with 1GB GDDR3 RAM ftw!
      Sure it was only a bit better than IGP and couldnt handle much more than the sims at a medium res, but im sure 1GB on the front of the box helped shift way more.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    Gourd almighty, I wish someone would hurry up and make /[

      • Lazier_Said
      • 9 years ago

      There’s no reason you can’t run this 800 mhz memory at 667 if you’re so keen to be green.

      Although at a half watt per stick delta there’s no rational reason to seek out low voltage memory at all let alone underclock it.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        For laptops there is.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    I would guess that more video RAM would help in SLI, since two GPUs would be sharing that 2GB.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Er, it can’t help if there’s not 2GB of information to store to begin with, which there’s not going to be. There could potentially be slightly over 1GB with some games at 2560×1600 and high AA, but then you’d also need a card that can move that much information.

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      Ever since, like, always, video memory is not shared or something, or whatever.

        • FuturePastNow
        • 9 years ago

        Sure, it’s pooled, but the multi-GPUs still can’t access any more memory than one of them, alone, can access. The memory is not doubled.

    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    The only people that will own that 2GB card will be the ones that think 2GB will be twice as fast or twice as good as 1GB.

      • henfactor
      • 9 years ago

      It isn’t?

        • Meadows
        • 9 years ago

        Well placed, sir.

    • bdwilcox
    • 9 years ago

    Palit says this about their 460 2GB variant:

    q[

    • south side sammy
    • 9 years ago

    The video card………. the extra ram MAY allow slightly higher frame rates but I think more ram would enable higher settings at higher resolutions than more frame rates in general. The card will also fail ( IMO ) against higher clocked cards. A legitimate test would be to test against a similarly clocked 1gig version……….. and what’s this thing about 1gig vs 768….. I think the extra v-ram will be beneficial over it’s little sibling. More so than the 2gig vs the 1gig.

      • axeman
      • 9 years ago

      More RAM could actually be slower if the clock speed isn’t the same – often it isn’t. Often cards with more memory have slower clocks, not sure why, probably just cost cutting (but higher density memory tends to have lower clock speed ceilings). Like every other job in computing, you only need “enough” ram. Anything more just sits idle. Windows at least can use that ram to cache I/O, not sure if that really applies to GPUs. And I’m not sure of all the workings in a modern GPU, but conventional wisdom is that you only need enough for texture storage and the frame buffer basically, so… the ONLY case more ram would be *significantly* faster is at resolutions high enough where the video card’s ram becomes inadequate.

        • hendric
        • 9 years ago

        Now /[

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