2. Hardware, software testbed
3. DirectX 9, DirectX 10 settings
4. FutureMark Hall Of Fame
5. Crysis Warhead (DX9, DX10), S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call Of Pripyat Benchmark
6. Company Of Heroes v1.71 (DX 10)
7. Far Cry 2 (DX 9/10), Left4Dead (DX 9), StreetFighter IV (DX 9), Unigine benchmark (DX10)
8. Dirt 2 (DX 11), Alien Vs Predator Benchmark v1.03 (DX 11), Overclocking
The GTX 465 uses a scaled down version of the GF100 chip. Most probably, the chips that haven’t qualified to run on GTX 480 and GTX 470 cards made their way to the GTX 465. Gainward's implementation of the chip, the Gainward GTX 465 GOOD edition, is a fine example of smart engineering. Gainward got the retail Nvidia board and added to is an improved heatsink and quad monitor outputs that include HDMI and DisplayPort interfaces. Gainward's dual-fan cooler is silent in idle mode and gets a bit louder during gaming. However, it’s still much quieter than the reference GTX 470’s cooling.
The Nvidia GTX 465 series is featuring 352 CUDA Cores and support for DirectX 11, PhysX, SLI, CUDA and 3D Vision Surround. It is also the most affordable GF100 based graphics card with it US $279 price tag. Although this is the slowest Fermi card up to date, the GTX 465 still fares nicely on higher resolutions and with DirectX 11 tessellation in games. Compared to the very good GTX 470 series, the GTX 465 was a little bit slower when it had to deal with demanding visuals and gaming at HD resolutions. The GTX 465 gave about 10 FPS less than the GTX 470 in specific games, but this would our guess prior to testing if you had asked us. Buying the GTX 465 would cost you less than the GTX 470 after all. On the other hand, the Gainward GTX 465 GOOD edition overclocks pretty well. With a little effort, we boosted the card's performance and the result was an impressive +11 FPS with specific games. This brings the GTX 465 closer to the GTX 470 series.
Nvidia's Fermi series of GPUs is also very promising and support 3D gaming, offering a future proof solution for your 3D gaming, which is expected to be the trend of Q2 2010.
The Gainward GTX 465 GOOD offers a great value for money with its affordably-priced DX11 performance. The card is a great option for all those who wish to upgrade their systems with a fast and future-proof graphics card.