There are several cards now pushing over 1500MHz on LN2 for AIDA64 or GPUPI...lets just take a minute to drop our jaws! I didn't think we would see so many cards flying that high, this is impressive stuff to watch
ugh, doubt I will go to the extreme of hard modding this card, but so far getting good numbers on a fully stock Gigabyte GTX 460 SE Windforce 2 card. 8539 Graphics score in Skydiver, running 910 core/1800 memory at 1.025v, and max temps on the stock cooler at 53C. it's definitely a good candidate for a card to Mod/water/LN cool, I just do not have the means. Maybe next go around on competitions. will still post to HWBOT when I'm done, cause this still has headroom!
I can help you out with mods if you are in USA, but the timeline is basically impossible for this competition. You should bench your card as-is, and make submissions here. You will get entered in for the prizes and you can hone your skillz at benching in the pricess. It sounds like you have a sweet card so why not play
Here is something you don't see every day. Just like in the Radeon 4000 Armageddon Competition, I'm going to enter something for fun. A GT430 using the old 32 bit PCI slot. I bought it to test mainboards and to be a collectible.
I got this mainboard out of mothballs just for this competition. I never messed with it much because it didn't want to overclock very well, wasn't very stable and had cold boot issues. The Ballistix Tracers were in storage as well because I couldn't get much speed out of them, and they run so ridiculously hot. Apparently these parts needed some time to mature because now they are well behaved and eager for Mhz.
I was going to run these benches in Windows 10 64 bit. After I downloaded the ISO I found out that only the 32 bit version would install on this vintage hardware. So, the next attempt with Windows 10 32 bit I see that Hwbot rules limit 3dmark to Windows 8 or earlier. The only other Windows I have is XP; so I installed that and find out 3dmark won't install because of a .net version requirement. Oh well, when I had Firestrike and Sky Diver in Windows 10 32 bit they didn't seem to want to run on this 512MB GPU anyway.
At least Aida64 and GPUPI ran in Win XP without a problem. The GT430 overclocked farther than I expected. It seems to be voltage locked; and I think this is the stable limit for the core clock at stock voltage. In Afterburner the memory could go to 780MHz; but I stopped where I did because I thought I saw some artifacting. No sense risking damage when raising the clocks further on this card won't raise the score much.
Finally got to play with the Hawk TA colder than -40C SS temps. Somewhere between -145 & -152C screen artifacts, then goes black. Only way to get it back is reset twice while -140C or warmer. ( For some reason ABX locks my max PLL ofset at +50mv so fix might? help. ) Clocks still ok, cards does 1420 at -130C with +410mv core / +50mv PLL in ABX and almost passes Aida with same V and max cold at 1500 MHz !