NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 Roundup - Third Time Lucky?

Introducing the GeForce GTX 465

Introducing the GeForce GTX 465

Announced and launched on May 31, the GeForce GTX 465 is NVIDIA's third Fermi-based graphics card, after the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470. And with a launch price of US$279, the new GeForce GTX 465 was clearly introduced to address the lack of a more affordable Fermi graphics card.

An affordable Fermi solution is critical, because ATI already has the advantage, considering that almost their entire line up of Evergreen cards (save for the Radeon HD 5830) have been available since the start of 2010. And with both the GeForce GTX 480 and GTX 470 costing upwards of US$350, it is clear that the aforementioned SKUs are geared towards hardcore gamers and that NVIDIA cannot possibly rely on them to gain ground in the DirectX 11 graphics market.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 465 arrives en mass into our labs. We put it to the test.

In terms of specifications, think of the GeForce GTX 465 as a weaker version of the GTX 470. One of the more important things to note is that it gets 96 lesser CUDA cores, bringing its total count to 352 CUDA cores. That also means it has lesser texture mapping and raster operating units - 44 and 32 respectively compared to a GTX 470 card with 56 and 40 units respectively. Memory bus width has also been cut down from 384-bit to a narrower 256-bit. Consequently, framebuffer size has been reduced as well, from 1280MB to a 1GB.

However, the GeForce GTX 465 keeps up by sharing the GTX 470's core and shader clock speeds: 607MHz at the core and 1215MHz at the shaders. Additionally, the GeForce GTX 465 continues to employ GDDR5 memory, but that is running at a slightly slower 3306MHz DDR, as opposed to the GeForce GTX 470's 3348MHz DDR. All in all, the GeForce GTX 465 takes a pretty big hit in terms of paper specifications, so it'll be interesting to see how it'll perform.

Screenshot from GPU-Z detailing the specifications of the GeForce GTX 465. 

Here's how the GeForce GTX 465 matches up to its closest competitors as lined up below:-

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 and competitive SKUs compared
Model NVIDIA GeForce 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5

ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5830 1GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB GDDR3
Core Code GF100  GF100 Cypress Pro Cypress LE GT200
Transistor Count 3200 million  3200 million 2150 million 2150 million 1400 million
Manufacturing Process 40nm 40nm 40nm 40nm 55nm
Core Clock 607MHz  607MHz 725MHz 800MHz 648MHz
Stream Processors 352 Stream Processors  448 Stream Processors 1440 Stream processing units 1120 Stream Processing Units 240 Stream Processors
Stream Processor Clock 1215MHz  1215MHz 725MHz 800MHz 1476MHz
Texture Mapping Units (TMU) or Texture Filtering (TF) units 44  56 72 56 80
Raster Operator units (ROP) 32  40 32 16 32
Memory Clock 3206MHz GDDR5  3348MHz GDDR5 4000MHz GDDR5 4000MHz GDDR5 2484MHz GDDR3
DDR Memory Bus 256-bit  320-bit 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit
Memory Bandwidth 102.6GB/s  133.9GB/s 128GB/s 128GB/s 159.0GB/s
PCI Express Interface PCIe ver 2.0 x16  PCIe ver 2.0 x16 PCIe ver 2.0 x16 PCIe ver 2.0 x16 PCIe ver 2.0 x16
Molex Power Connectors 2 x 6-pin  2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin
Multi GPU Technology SLI  SLI CrossFireX CrossFireX SLI
DVI Output Support 2 x Dual-Link  2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link 2 x Dual-Link
HDCP Output Support Yes  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Street Price Launch Price: US$279 ~US$349 ~US$300 ~US$220 ~US$350


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