NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 Debut: EVGA, ZOTAC - HotHardware


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How We Configured Our Test Systems:  We tested the graphics cards in this article on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard powered by a Core i7 965 quad-core processor and 6GB of OCZ DDR3-1333 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system BIOS and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings. Then we manually configured the memory timings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The hard drive was then formatted, and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest hotfixes, along with the necessary drivers and applications.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Core i7 965 (3.2GHz)

Gigabyte EX58-UD5
(X58 Express)

Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 5870
Radeon HD 5970
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 465 (EVGA, Zotac)
GeForce GTX 470

GeForce GTX 480

6GB OCZ DDR3-1333
Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX Feb. 2010 Redist
ATI Catalyst v10.3a
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v257.15

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v2.0
3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
FarCry 2
Left 4 Dead 2*
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5*

* - Custom benchmark

Unigine Heaven v2.0 Benchmark
Synthetic DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven

The Unigine Heaven Benchmark v2.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion), and it also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering. Due to the fact that we tested Heaven in DX11 mode, no NVIDIA GT200 series cards are represented in the graph below.


The new GeForce GTX 465 cards from EVGA and Zotac performed well in the Unigine Heaven DX11 benchmark. Thanks to its higher clocks, the EVGA card finished slighted ahead of Zotac's offering, but both cards pull ahead of the Radeon HD 5800 series cards. The GeForce GTX 470 and 480 fnished ahead of the 465, though--as expected.

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I don't know. I appreciate there being a GTX card that's under 300 dollars but I'll spend the extra $50 to get the extra functionality.

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There is a typo at the bottom of page 1:

Ultimately ,the GeForce GTX 265 has less compute power, a lower fillrate, and less memory bandwidth than the more powerful members of the GeForce GTX 400 series, but it also requires less power and cost less. Cards from EVGA and Zotac coming up next.

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Completely not impressed.  $279 dollars for this thing?  I found several 5850's for $289~299 with a one minute search.  Add in eyefinity and 25 idle/50 max watts less power, I don't see a reason to even consider this card when a twenty spot more will get you the mid high-end ATI card.

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@slugbug--Thanks! Fixed!

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I have a hard time really getting excited about these cards. They are not horrible, its just that the red team came out so strong this time around.

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At least Nvidia users are getting more for their money now. 

Maybe they are finally figuring out that they aren't able to rape their customer base like they could two years ago.

Die hard Nvidia Fanboys sure are a funny creature! I think they are so intense because they feel they have to justify how they just spent twice as much for the same performance? It is good to see some healthy competition between the big two. I dont care what name is there, just give me performance that rocks, and is not going to be outdated two months from now.

I am sure in a few months they will be coming out with their 3D I-Nvidiaeye quadro-port cards!

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