EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Installation guide

EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Installation guide
GEFORCe GTX 460
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Graphics Card
installation guide
geforce GTX 460 install ation guide
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Introduction1
About this Guide
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Minimum System Requirements
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Unpacking3
Equipment3
Hardware Installation
Safety Instructions
Before You Begin
Installing the GeForce Graphics Card
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Driver Installation
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Configuring SLI
Accessing the NVIDIA Control Panel
Enabling SLI
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Configuring HDMI
Enabling Audio Over HDMI
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Features and Benefits
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Compliance and Certifications
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Table of Contents
Introduction
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Introduction
Thank you for choosing the NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 460 graphics card.
Built from the ground up for next generation
DX11 gaming, the GeForce GTX 460 delivers
revolutionary tessellation performance for the
ultimate gaming experience.
With full support for NVIDIA 3D Vision the
GeForce GTX 460 provides the graphics
horsepower and video bandwidth needed to
experience games and high definition Blu-ray
movies in eye-popping stereoscopic 3D.
About This Guide
This installation guide discusses the installation and operation of
the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphic solution.
Note: It is important to register your product in order to
receive online and phone support. Consult the registration
card included in the retail packaging for more information on
registering your product.
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Introduction
Minimum System Requirements
>> Motherboard
PCI Express® or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard
with one dual-width x16 graphics slot. For a 2way SLI
configuration, you need an SLI-ready motherboard with one
dual-width x16 graphics slot for each graphics card.
>> System Power Supply
Minimum 400 W (22 A on 12V rail) power supply with two 6-pin PCI
Express supplementary power connector for each graphics card.
For power supply recommendations for SLI configurations, visit
www.slizone.com and check the Certified Products section.
>> Operating System
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Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit
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Microsoft Windows Vista, 32-bit or 64-bit
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Microsoft Windows XP, 32-bit or 64-bit
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Linux, 32-bit or 64-bit
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FreeBSD x86
>> System Memory
1 GB system memory (2 GB recommended)
>> CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive or internet connection for driver
installation
>> 200 MB of available hard disk space
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Unpacking
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Unpacking
Prior to unpacking your new NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 460 graphics card, it is important to make
sure you meet all the system requirements listed
on page 2 for a smooth installation.
Be sure to inspect each piece of equipment
shipped in the packing box. If anything is missing
or damaged, contact your reseller.
Equipment
The following equipment and documentation are included in the
GeForce GTX 460 graphics card box.
NVIDIA Driver Installation CD
Contains:
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Windows 7, XP, and Vista (32/64-bit) drivers for
the GeForce graphics card. For other operating
systems and to keep your drivers current, visit
www.nvidia.com/drivers and download the latest
drivers
Digital version of this Manual, the NVIDIA Control
Panel User Guide, and Driver
Quick Start Guide
Fast and easy steps to install the GeForce
graphics card(s).
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Unpacking
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4-to6 Pin Adapter
Use the 4-to-6 pin adapter to convert two 4-pin power
supply connectors to one 6-pin connector).
Registration Card
WELCOME
Register to gain priority access to online and
phone support.
DVI-to-VGA Adapter (Optional)
Use to connect a VGA monitor to the DVI connector or a
DVI monitor to the VGA connector.
Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI Adapter (Optional)
Use to connect the mini-HDMI connector on the card to
a regular size HDMI connector.
GeForce GTX 460 Graphics Card
Power connectors
SLI
connector
Mini-HDMI
connector
DVI
connector
DVI
connector
Hardware Install ation
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Hardware Installation
Installing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics
card hardware involves opening up your
computer. Follow all of the safety instructions
provided here to ensure that there is no damage
to you, your computer, or the graphics board.
Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury, always follow basic
safety precautions.
Note: All hardware must be installed prior to installation of
the drivers.
>> Remove power from your computer by disconnecting the AC main
source before installation.
>> Do not operate this product near water or when your hands or
body are wet.
>> Do not place this product on soft surfaces that could block the
ventilation slots and cause overheating.
>> Do not place this product near a heating register or radiator.
>> Place this product securely on a stable surface. Serious damage
to this product may result if it falls.
>> Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not place
this product where a person can step or trip on the power cord.
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Before You Begin
The GeForce GTX 460 graphics card is a PCI Express 2.0 ×16 graphics
card. Your computer may already have a graphics card installed in the
PCI Express slot. If so, you will need to remove that graphics card and
replace it with the GeForce GTX 460 graphics card.
If you do not have a graphics card, this means that your motherboard
has on-board graphics (there is a graphics chip installed on your
motherboard or integrated in the motherboard chipset). If this is the
case, there is no action that needs to be taken before installing your
new graphics card.
Installing the GeForce Graphics Card
Because there are so many different computer systems on the
market, the procedure to install the GeForce GTX 460 graphics card
can vary from system to system. Use the following instructions as
a guideline and consult the documentation for
your computer system for any further information on your
individual system.
Note: It is important that all power to the computer be
disconnected before you install the graphics card.
Discharge your body’s static electricity by touching a grounded
surface before touching the graphics card. A grounded surface is the
computer chassis, or some other surface you know to be grounded.
Use the following procedure to install the GeForce GTX 460 graphics
card into your computer system.
1 Turn off your computer and monitor and disconnect the power cord.
Depending on your computer system, you may need to disconnect the
cable going to the back of your system. Mark the cables so you can
make sure you reconnect them properly.
2 Open your computer by removing the cover/side panel. Refer to
your computer documentation from the original manufacturer
for assistance.
Hardware Install ation
3 Remove any existing graphics card (if there is one). Save hardware
(such as screws and brackets) to use when installing the NVIDIA
graphics card.
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Attention: If your system has been running for a period of
time prior to opening the panels, it is very important that you
wait until the graphics card in your system has cooled before
taking the card out of the system. Graphics card get very hot
when they have been operating for any length of time.
4 Remove the slot cover if you do not have a graphics card installed.
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5 Plug the graphics card into the Primary PCI Express x16 slot on your
motherboard. This is often the slot closest to the CPU but may be the
second or third slot. Look for the slot labeled ×16. It will likely be the
only PCI Express slot with a retention lever on the end of the slot (or
the one closest to the CPU.
Note: It is recommended that you install the graphics card
into the primary PCI Express x16 slot. If you install the graphics
card into the secondary slot, your system may not recognize the
graphics card and there will be nothing displayed on the monitor.
Also note that on some motherboard SBIOS, the physical
location of the primary slot can be configured when there are
more than one PCI Express x16 slots.
If you are installing an additional GeForce GTX 460 graphics cards for
an SLI configuration, continue with step 6 (2-way SLI) .
Note: All of the graphics cards in an SLI configuration must be
identical.
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Hardware Install ation
6 Two GeForce graphic cards (2-way SLI):
a)Install the second GeForce card into the outer most PCI Express
x16 slot on the motherboard.
b)Connect the two cards together using the dual SLI bridge
connector that came with your SLI-ready motherboard.
SLI
7 Connect two 6-pin PCI Express auxiliary power connectors coming
from the computer power supply to the connectors on the top edge of
the GeForce GTX 460 graphics card.
From power supply
If your power supply does not have enough 6-pin
power connectors, use the 4-to-6 pin adapter to
convert two 4-pin power supply connectors to one
6-pin connector.
8 Reinstall the cover on your computer and reconnect any cables
that you removed earlier in the installation.
9 Connect your computer monitor(s) to the GeForce graphics card
using the mini-HDMI and DVI connectors. The GeForce GTX graphics
card can be connected to PC monitors that support DVI, VGA,
and HDMI inputs.
A single GeForce GTX 460 graphics card can support up to two displays per card in a multi-monitor configuration.
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Hardware Install ation
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DVI connector for digital displays. Using the
DVI-to-HDMI adapter, you can connect to
HDTV. Using a DVI-to-VGA adapter, you can
conected a second VGA display.
Mini-HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
Connector supports output of both video and audio
from the PC to a high-definition television. Mini-HDMI
is a smaller footprint version of the standard HDMI
connector. A cable or adapter is needed to connect
from the mini-HDMI connector to a display with a
standard HDMI plug.
10 Reconnect your power cord to the PC.
Driver Install ation
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Driver Installation
With the hardware installed, it is now time to
install the graphics driver. NVIDIA recommends
downloading and installing the most recent
drivers available at:
http://www.nvidia.com/drivers.
Use the following procedure to load
the graphics drivers.
1 Power up your system.
2 Insert the driver installation CD or double click on the GeForce driver
executable file you downloaded from www.nvidia.com/drivers. The
NVIDIA Setup program takes over and installs the drivers.
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Driver Install ation
3 Click Next when the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard window
displays. I Click Next when the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard
window displays.
Note: It may take several minutes for the installation to take
place. Your screen may go blank for a few seconds one or
more times during installation. This is normal. The Installing
driver components… screen will let you know when the
installation is complete.
Driver Install ation
4 Select Yes, I want to restart my computer now.
5 Click Finish to complete the installation and restart your system.
Note: Please visit www.nvidia.com/support to access our
24x7x365 online support system, where you can submit
questions directly to our tech support staff. Questions may
only be submitted in English. GeForce customers purchasing
NVIDIA-branded products also have access to toll free
technical support at 1-800-797-6530 from 8:00AM-5:00PM
Pacific Time, M-F. The technical support line is accessible
from the U.S. and Canada only.
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Driver Install ation
Configuring SLI
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Configuring SLI
SLI is a revolutionary technology developed
by NVIDIA that allows you to connect identical
GeForce graphics cards together to deliver
increased performance.
You can enable SLI by either clicking on the SLI capable system balloon in the system tray or by going to the NVIDIA Control Panel.
Accessing the NVIDIA Control Panel
1 To access the NVIDIA Control Panel, you can right-click the Windows
desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel from the menu. Other ways
to access the NVIDIA Control Panel depends on the operating system.
>> Windows 7
Go to Start  Control Panel  Hardware and Sound and select
the NVIDIA Control Panel icon.
>> Windows XP
Go to Start  Control Panel and select the NVIDIA Control
Panel icon.
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Configuring SLI
>> Windows Vista
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Classic view
Go to Start  Control Panel and select the NVIDIA Control
Panel icon.
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Control Panel Home view
Go to Start  Control Panel  Additional Options and select
the NVIDIA Control Panel icon.
Enabling SLI
2 Once you have the NVIDIA Control Panel open, click on
Set SLI and PhysX configuration in the left task pane.
3 Select from the following multi-GPU configurations:
>> Do not use SLI
Select this mode when you want to drive displays on each GPU.
>> Enable Quad SLI (recommended)
Select this mode when you want your graphics cards to work together to increase your rendering performance and image quality.
4 Click Apply, then Yes on the Applications Shutdown Required window.
Configuring HDMI
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Configuring HDMI
Connecting your HDTV via HDMI allows you to
output both digital audio and video from your
graphics card to an HDTV.
Enabling Audio Over HDMI
If you are connecting to your display over HDMI, you may need to set
the HDMI output to be your default audio device.
In Windows 7, select Start  Control Panel  Sound.
On the Playback tab, select your HDMI display and select
Set Default.
Congratulations! Your GeForce graphics card(s) is now ready to use!
For detailed instructions on using the NVIDIA Control Panel, consult
the Control Panel User’s Guide found on your Driver Installation CD.
You can also download the latest Control Panel User’s Guide at
www.nvidia.com/drivers (select your driver, then click on
Documentation to download the User’s Guide).
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Configuring HDMI
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Features
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Features
>> Microsoft® DirectX® 11 Support: DirectX 11 GPU with Shader
Model 5.0 support designed for ultra high performance in the new
API’s key graphics feature, GPU-accelerated tessellation.
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>> NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology : CUDA technology unlocks the power
of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding
tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing,
and more, delivering incredible performance improvements over
traditional CPUs.
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>> NVIDIA PhysX® Technology : GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA
PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming
interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with
GeForce.
>> NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Ready: GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA 3D
Vision, bringing a fully immersive stereoscopic 3D experience to
the PC. A combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced
software, 3D Vision transforms hundreds of PC games into full
stereoscopic 3D. In addition, you can watch 3D movies and 3D
digital photographs in eye popping, in crystal-clear quality.
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>> NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround Ready : Expand your games across
three displays in full stereoscopic 3D for the ultimate “inside the
game” experience with the power of NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI
technologies. NVIDIA® Surround™ also supports triple screen
gaming with non-stereo displays.
>> GigaThread™ Technology: Massively multi-threaded architecture
supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, pro
>> Microsoft Windows 7 Support: Windows 7 is the next generation
operating system that will mark a dramatic improvement in
the way the OS takes advantage of the graphics processing unit
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Features
(GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience. By taking
advantage of the GPU for both graphics and computing, Windows
7 will not only make today’s PCs more visual and more interactive
but also ensure that they have the speed and responsiveness
customers want.
>> DirectCompute Support: Full support for DirectCompute,
Microsoft’s GPU computing API.
>> OpenCL Support: Full support for OpenCL GPU computing API.
>> 32x Anti-aliasing Technology: Lightning fast, high-quality antialiasing at up to 32x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
>> NVIDIA® GeForce® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA): Delivers
a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with
the widest range of games and applications. NVIDIA® GeForce®
drivers provide the best out-of-box experience for every user and
deliver continuous performance and feature updates over the life
of NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs.
>> PCI Express 2.0 Support : Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0
bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for
the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while
maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express
motherboards for the broadest support.
>> Dual-link DVI Support: Able to drive industry’s largest and highest
resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support
for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).
>> HDMI 1.3a support: Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.3a
including xvYCC, deep color, and 7.1 digital surround sound
including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. Upgradeable to HDMI
1.4 support for 3D formats with upcoming NVIDIA 3DTV Play
software. Refer to http://www.nvidia.com/3dtv for more details.
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>> NVIDIA PureVideo® HD Technology : The combination of highdefinition video decode acceleration and post-processing that
delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate
color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
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Hardware Decode Acceleration: Provides ultra-smooth
playback of H.264, VC-1, WMV, DivX, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD
and SD movies without the need for a dual or quad-core CPU.
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Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration: Supports picture-inpicture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray and HD
DVD movie experience.
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Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch: Dynamically
provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition
movies for spectacular picture clarity.
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Dual-link HDCP Capable : Designed to meet the output
protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of
the Blu-ray Disc format, allowing the playback of encrypted
movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant
displays
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Enhanced Error Resilience: Correct errors or losses in
broadcast content to ensure crisp, high quality playback.
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Advanced Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing: Sharpens HD and
standard definition interlaced content on progressive displays,
delivering a crisp, clear picture that rivals high-end hometheater systems.
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High-Quality Scaling: Enlarges lower resolution movies and
videos to HDTV resolutions, while maintaining a clear, clean
image. Also provides downscaling of videos, including highdefinition, while preserving image detail.
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Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction): Recovers
original film images from films-converted-to-video (DVDs,
1080i HD content), providing more accurate movie playback
and superior picture quality.
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Bad Edit Correction: When videos are edited, the edits can
disrupt the normal 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown cadence. PureVideo
uses advanced processing techniques to detect poor edits,
recover the original content, and display perfect picture detail
frame after frame for smooth, natural looking video.
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Noise Reduction: Improves movie image quality by removing
unwanted artifacts.
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Edge Enhancement: Sharpens movie images by providing
higher contrast around lines and objects.
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1.Requires application support for CUDA technology.
2.NVIDIA PhysX drivers are required to experience in-game GPU PhysX acceleration.
Refer to www.nvidia.com/PhysX for more information.
3.NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround requires appropriate NVIDIA driver, two or more graphics cards in NVIDIA SLI configuration, 3D Vision glasses and three matching
3D Vision-Ready displays. See www.nvidia.com/surround for more information.
4.Feature requires supported video software. Features may vary by product.
5.Requires other HDCP-compatible components
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