ZOTAC GeForce GTX 465 Review 94

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 465 Review

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Today NVIDIA launches their GeForce GTX 465 Series. Like all other GTX 400 cards so far, the GTX 465 is based on NVIDIA GF100 "Fermi" GPU. NVIDIA positions their latest child in the sub-$300 market with an MSRP of $279. ZOTAC has sent us their GeForce GTX 465 which is the same as any other GTX 465 reference design, with the only difference being the sticker on the cooler and the bundle.

In order to meet their price/performance target, NVIDIA has disabled large sections of the GF100 GPU. This approach also gives NVIDIA the opportunity to sell GPUs that didn't qualify to be used on higher-end cards like the GeForce GTX 470 or 480. On the picture above, I have marked disabled sections in red. Please note that the "location" of the red boxes can be changed by NVIDIA to optimize their GPU harvesting - it's the number of enabled units that matters for the product to be called GTX 465.

HD 5830
GTX 275
GTX 465
GTX 285
HD 5850
GTX 470
HD 5870
GTX 480
Shader units 112024035224014404481600480
Memory Size1024 MB 896 MB 1024 MB1024 MB 1024 MB1280 MB1024 MB1536 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 448 bit 256 bit 512 bit 256 bit 320 bit 256 bit 384 bit
Core Clock800 MHz 602 MHz 607 MHz 648 MHz 725 MHz 607 MHz 850 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Clock1000 MHz 1107 MHz 802 MHz 1242 MHz 1000 MHz 837 MHz 1200 MHz 924 MHz


Package Front
Package Back

ZOTAC's package has a little hole on the front through which you can see the top of the card. The back has further general information about the card with info in multiple languages.


You will receive:
  • Graphics card
  • Driver CD + Quick Install Guide
  • Mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter
  • DVI to VGA adapter
  • 2x PCI-Express power cables

The Card

Graphics Card Front
Graphics Card Back

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465 is identical to the GTX 470, using the same PCB design and cooling solution. What's different is that the GPU operates at different specifications and the sticker on the cooler.

Graphics Card Height

The card occupies two slots in your system.

Monitor Outputs, Display Connectors

The card has two DVI ports and one mini-HDMI port. Unlike AMD's latest GPUs, the output logic design is not as flexible. On AMD cards vendors are free to combine six TMDS links into any output configuration they want (dual-link DVI consuming two links), from what we know so far, on NVIDIA, you are fixed to two DVI outputs and one HDMI/DP in addition to that. NVIDIA confirmed that you can use only two displays at the same time, so for a three monitor setup you would need two cards.

NVIDIA has included an HDMI sound device inside their GPU which does away with the requirement of connecting an external audio source to the card for HDMI audio. The HDMI interface is HDMI 1.3a compatible which includes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, AC-3, DTS and up to 7.1 channel audio with 192 kHz / 24-bit. NVIDIA also claims full support for the 3D portion of the HDMI 1.4 specification which will become important later this year when we will see first Blu-Ray titles shipping with support for 3D output.

You may combine up to four GTX 465 cards in SLI for added performance or improved image quality settings.

Graphics Card Teardown PCB Front
Graphics Card Teardown PCB Back

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