GeForce GTX 460 card snapped

The GeForce GTX 460 is rapidly turning into one of Nvidia's worst-kept secrets. Not only have we already had leaked specs, photos of the chip and PCB diagrams, but we've now even got photos of a reference card.

The leaked snaps appeared on the PCInLife forums earlier today, although you need to log-in to the forums in order to view them. Thankfully, the guys at Expreview spotted the pictures, and decided to share them with the rest of us.

The photos reveal a much shorter card than the current GF100-based cards, and it also has a different dual-slot cooler. While the recently released GeForce GTX 465 featured a similar-looking cooler design to Nvidia's old 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS cards, the GTX 460 features a different design with a single, large fan placed in the middle of the card.

Meanwhile, the card's backplate reveals an HDMI port and a pair of DVI ports, as well as an air vent.

Also of interest is the back of the PCB, which shows the solder points for two six-pin power connectors. As with the GeForce GTX 465, this will mean owners of older or less powerful PSUs will be able to supply enough power to the card, giving it a wider potential customer base than the GeForce GTX 470 and 480.

The back of the PCB also reveals a single SLI connector, as well as the traces for eight memory chips. The latter fits in neatly with the rumours about the cards coming with 1GB (eight 128MB chips) of memory.

Interestingly, though, a number of sources reckon the GTX 460 will come in two flavours when it comes to memory. German tech site Heise recently revealed some apparently leaked specs for the cards, showing there would be a 768MB version with a 192-bit memory interface, and a 1GB version with a 256-bit memory interface.

The two cards are otherwise expected to have the same specs, with 336 stream processors running at 1,350MHz, a 675MHz GPU clock and the GDDR5 memory running at 1.8GHz (3.6GHz effective). Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 is expected to be released next month.