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Zotac GeForce GTX 465 Video Card Review

By on July 6, 2010
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Not everyone can afford the top-of-the line cards which is why we have the GTX465.

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A pretty good card once the price drops to below AED 1000.
We looked at NVIDIA’s Fermi based GTX 480 some time back and compared their highest-end graphics card to ATI’s fastest single GPU card. While the card proved to be faster than ATI’s offering, it wasn’t enough to impress us- especially considering how hot and noisy it got. It was also quite expensive.
Today, we look at the mainstream version of Fermi- the GTX 465 that was sent to us by Zotac and we compare it to an ATI product in a similar price and spec range.
Packaged in the traditional orange box that we’ve seen for almost all Zotac cards to date, the Zotac GeForce GTX 465 comes with two molex to PCI-E power converter cables as well as a DVI to DSUB converter and a mini HDMI to HDMI converter. A quickstart quide is also included along with the drivers CD that  has trial versions of applications like Badaboom, SuperLiloscope and vReveal that utilize the NVIDIA GPU to encode and edit videos as well as enhance pictures.
The Zotac GeForce GTX465 card is priced at US$270 or AED 1,000 but its selling for around at AED 1500 in the local market from the phone calls we made. The price is comparable to the ATI Radeon HD5850 that is also selling for around the same price locally. Thus we chose to compare these two cards in performance but before we head over to the benchmarks, let compare their specs.
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 465 AMD/ATI RADEON HS 5850
Shaders 352 1440
ROPs 32 32
Core Clock 607MHz 725MHz
Memory Size 1024MB 1024MB
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Memory Clock 802MHz 1000MHz
As you can see, both the cards are close to each other in specs with the ATI Radeon 5850 featuring slightly higher core and memory clock speeds. Both of these cards require two six-pin PCI-Express power connectors and occupy two slots with their heatsinks on them. The Zotac GeForce GTX465 is a bit smaller in the size to the older GTX280 card from NVIDIA.
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