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Zotac GTX 465 Review: Full-on, affordable Fermi?

Rating: 8.0.

Fermi has left many feeling famished. The launch of the 8800GT in October 2006 put nVidia so far ahead of the competition, that many wondered if ATI could ever come back. Also, let’s not forget one fact. Jen Hsun is a genius. Even the hierarchy at AMD knows this is true. So where are the Fermi cards that make us rush to the cashpoint?  KitGuru Labs has just completed testing on one of the world’s first GTX465 cards. Should you be cracking open your wallet?  Let’s find out.

The longer you wait, the better it has to be. Arrive in a Chinese restaurant and the first thing they hit you with is prawn crackers and tea. In an Italian, you’ll get grissini, olives, bread and a plate with oil and vinegar. Restaurants know that if you leave hungry people sitting for half an hour before the starter arrives, then the chef has to pull a miracle out of his butt with the real food. And no one wants to rely on miracles. KitGuru has been waiting in Mr Huang's restaurant for quite some time. Was it worth the wait?

Following the release of the GTX 480 and 470, nVidia today unveils the latest in the Fermi lineup – the GTX 465.

The GTX 465 is nVidia's first cost conscious Direct X 11 board, featuring 352 CUDA cores, 44 texture units and 32 ROPs. It also features the same high performance distributed tessellation architecture implemented in the more expensive models.

GeForce GTX 465 also uses the same board design/cooling seen on the GTX 470. However, this time, power consumption is improved – thanks in part to the reduced core count. This board has a maximum consumption of 200 watts so, in theory, it will run cooler than its big brothers, the GTX 470 and 480.

Model Geforce GTX 465 Geforce GTX 470 Geforce GTX 480
Graphics Processing Clusters 3 4 4
Streaming Multiprocessors 11 14 15
CUDA Cores 352 448 480
Texture Units 44 56 50
ROP Units 32 40 48
Graphics Clock (Fixed Function Units) 607mhz 607mhz 700mhz
Processor Clock (CUDA Cores) 1215mhz 1215mhz 1401mhz
Memory Clock (Clock Rate/Data Rate) 802mhz/3206mhz 837mhz/3348 mhz 924 mhz/3696mhz
Total Video Memory 1024MB 1280MB 1536MB
Memory Interface 256-bit 320-bit 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 102.6 GB/s 133.9 GB/s 177.4 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 26.7 Gigatexels/sec 34.0 GigaTexels/sec 42.0 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication process 40nm 40nm 40nm
Connectors 2x Dual Link DVI-I
1x Mini HDMI
2x Dual Link DVI-I
1x Mini HDMI
2x Dual Link DVI-I
1x Mini HDMI
Form Factor Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot
Power Connectors 2x6pin 2x6pin 1x6pin, 1x8pin
Recommended Power Supply 550 watts 550 watts 650 watts
Thermal Design Power 200 watts 215 watts 250 watts
Thermal Threshold 105c 105c 105c

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