Nvidia GeForce GTX 465 1 GB Review: Zotac Puts Fermi On A Diet

We've already crowned Nvidia's GeForce GTX 480 the fastest (and most power-hungry) single-GPU card we've ever seen. Now the company is launching its GeForce GTX 465, based on the same massive GF100 GPU. Can such a complex part compete with AMD's value?

GeForce GTX 480, Nvidia’s flagship, is already a bit of a derivative GPU. Its 480 CUDA cores represent almost 94% of the GF100’s full capacity, and the 448-core GeForce GTX 470 is almost 88% of GF100 running at full force (GF100 being a 512-core GPU, of course).

Today, Nvidia is both launching and making available a third card based on the 3+ billion-transistor GF100 GPU. Equipped with 352 CUDA cores, that’s a little more than two-thirds of the chip’s compute resources turned on. Using those numbers alone, we can actually get pretty close to determining how the GeForce GTX 465 performs, too. It turns out that if you average our benchmarks scores at 19x0x1200 for both cards with anti-aliasing turned on, the GeForce GTX 465 is about 66% as fast as the GTX 480.

But CUDA cores aren’t the only resources that get cut in this California budget crisis-style haircut. The GeForce GTX 465 also sits down to the table with 44 texture units and four ROP partitions capable of outputting thirty-two 32-bit integer pixels per clock. The card’s memory interface drops as well, from 320-bits on the GeForce GTX 470 to 256-bits here, hosting 1GB of GDDR5 memory.

New Kid On The Block

The GeForce GTX 465 is the high school freshman of the discrete graphics market, trying to figure out where it fits in. Nvidia is slapping a $279 recommended price tag on the card, suggesting that, in the face of $290 and $300 Radeon HD 5850s, this card is a potent performer with a strategically-lower price to draw in enthusiasts.

But we already know that the GeForce GTX 470 does battle with the Radeon HD 5850, definitely offering better performance for an extra $50 or $60. Crap. We haven’t even started in with benchmarks and this is already looking like an awkward movie moment.To be fair, Nvidia maintains that the GeForce GTX 470 hits a price/performance sweet spot in the 400-series lineup. The GeForce GTX 465 isn't intended to challenge that.

So where does the GeForce GTX 465 fit in? Is it designed to do battle with the Radeon HD 5830—a card that didn’t get us particularly hot and bothered back when it launched in February? Although the Radeon HD 5830 doesn’t offer significantly more performance than an older Radeon HD 4890, at least it’s available for $220 or so.

According to Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 465 slots right in between the Radeon HD 5850 and 5830. But with a price tag that creeps right up into the 5850’s business, the new card’s performance needs to be much closer to the GeForce GTX 470 than a first glance at specifications suggests it’ll fall.

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  • Annisman
    Dang, it looks like Nvidia has almost no real answers for the AMD/ATI lineup of cards. However, if this card can drop in price a little it may be competitive because of some of it's Nvidia-only features. I mean, it runs cooler and uses a fair amount less power than the 470 and 480, maybe this will become the Phsyx card to get ? Espescially if they could manage a single slot version and drop the price. Anyways, no competition is bad for everyone and I hope Nvidia can get their act together asap.
  • fatkid35
    i'll stick to my crossfire'd 5770s. same money and same power consumption.
  • tacoslave
    fatkid35i'll stick to my crossfire'd 5770s. same money and same power consumption.

    Or a 5870 same thing less problems but thats just me. oh and that thing got pwnd by a 5830 and thats not saying much.
  • welshmousepk
    wow, the pricing of this thing is all wrong. given how well the the 480 and 470 sit in the market, this just seems like a pointless card.
  • liquidsnake718
    How many times do I have to say that this is nothing but a marketing gimmick for defective GTX480's and possibly 470's as well. Like the 5830 which was a cut/gimped/ or limited 5850
  • liquidsnake718
    sorry 5870 on the above comment
  • bombat1994
    make it 60 cheaper and you might have a good card but i would buy a 5850 over this thing everyday of the weel
  • dco
    retail is messed up they charge you for a brand not the product by comparison. Whats worse is that people will buy it.
  • rohitbaran
    The GTX4xx line is definitely not the way it is to be played and this latest crappy piece of hardware further proved it. Hot and expensive but poor on performance. The more cards they launch, the clearer ATI's victory becomes.
  • km4m
    Fail, fail, fail...suitable words for Nvidia at this moment.
  • Annisman
    Yeah well who cares who is the 'victor' of this round, remember the 2900XT ? It goes back and forth forever, pulling for one team over the other is silly considering that as consumers we have historically gotten the best prices when BOTH camps were churning out cards as good as the other one, and they were forced to do multiple price cuts.
  • rohitbaran
    Well, I meant ATI's victory for this generation of cards.
  • Kelavarus
    liquidsnake718How many times do I have to say that this is nothing but a marketing gimmick for defective GTX480's and possibly 470's as well. Like the 5830 which was a cut/gimped/ or limited 5850

    That's every card and CPU today that isn't the top of the line. If they have defective ones, they shut down what doesn't work, price it (hopefully) accordingly to performance, and everyone wins.
  • gkay09
    The Conclusion is spot on...
  • JeanLuc
    Chris, I'm looking at the temps and the HD5870 is 10c cooler then next nearest card in terms of cooling performance which is a bit odd. Have you thought about using the Delta T method rather then using absolute values to evaluate cooling performance?
  • randomizer
    Excluding the disabled GPC, it seems a bit odd to disable just one SM.
  • spidey180
    overpriced WTH?? cant nvidia come up with a decent pricing scheme???
  • dEAne
    too expensive, just looks good. Not a good one.
  • shubham1401
    One word.... OverPriced!!
  • evolve60
    My 9800GTX@750mhz is still kicking and with a 8500Gt@600mhz doing the pyshx, I can still run most of today's games at 1920x1200 at and above 50FPS with high to ultra details and 2-4x AA.

    Sorry Nvidia, I just don't see myself upgrading GPUs anytime soon until you release something that was as industry blowing as the original G80 architecture.
  • tmc
    NVIDIA needs to put it's ENTIRE graphics card lineup on a liquidity diet... their entire product line is TOO EXPENSIVE! Expect the company (NVIDIA) to go out of business if the prices are kept 50% above ATI for the next 3 years.
  • JamesDodds
    Lol, I am actually wearing a Nvidia shirt right now saying how great the 5200 series is. I love Nvidia's quality when it comes to drivers, but they're getting their butts kicked, lets be honest. I run a 6400+ winsor from Amd and GTX 260 (budget gamer/poor college kid). If I had to buy now I'd pick up an Amd Athalon II X3 440 and a 4890 from ebay. Nvidia needs to pass this round up.
  • Onus
    Have to agree with km4m. Sorry nVidia, just more FAIL.
  • nforce4max
    This is one of the most disappointing cards they have released in a long time. The G80 and G92 days were the best while GTX2xx were still good. I am going to wait this generation out till die shrinks make the difference. Worried about the Radeon 6xxx if they come out 40nm.