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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GeForce GTX-465 Video Card
Features and Specifications
NVIDIA GF100 GPU Fermi Architecture
Closer Look: ASUS GeForce GTX-465
Video Card Testing Methodology
DX10: 3DMark Vantage
DX10: Crysis Warhead
DX10: Far Cry 2
DX10: Resident Evil 5
DX11: Aliens vs Predator
DX11: Battlefield Bad Company 2
DX11: BattleForge
DX11: Metro 2033
DX11: Unigine Heaven 2.1
NVIDIA APEX PhysX Enhancements
NVIDIA 3D-Vision Effects
GeForce GTX465 Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
ASUS SmartDoctor and GamerOSD
Editors Opinion: Fermi GF100
ASUS ENGTX465 Conclusion

ASUS ENGTX465 Conclusion

Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating for the sample received which may differ from retail versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our performance rating considers how effective the ASUS GeForce GTX-465 DirectX-11 video card performs against competing products from both ATI and NVIDIA. Overall, the ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 either matched or outperformed the ATI Radeon HD 5850 in more than half the tests, or trailed only slightly behind in performance. Although the GTX 465 stumbles in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Aliens vs Predator, it captures the price to performance ratio in BattleForge, Far Cry 2, and Resident Evil 5. In fact, when BattleForge includes high-strain SSAO, the ASUS GTX-465 demonstrates how well Fermi is suited for DX11... beating ATI's more expensive Radeon HD 5850 by nearly 10% at 1680x1050. At the end of our test gauntlet, the general feeling was that the GeForce GTX-465 is positioned directly between the Radeon HD 5830 and HD 5850 in price, but closer to the 5850 in performance.


Aside from a carbon fiber decal, the ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 video card is identical in appearance and construction to the reference NVIDIA design. ASUS has kept with NVIDIA's design and added their own accents, but otherwise this product doesn't differentiate itself from the many other Add-In Card (AIC) partner clones with custom cooling or other design improvements, which means that function takes precedence over fashion. While the graphics card doesn't need to look exciting in order to get the job done, ASUS knows there's a lot of competition that will win over buyers with added product presentation and does what they can with the limited palette.

In terms of video card pecking order, the ASUS GeForce GTX-465 occupies the #3 spot in both the NVIDIA and ATI video card lineup. This means that there are four other series of single-GPU graphics cards priced/performing above the GTX-465, which can often create the opportunity or interest in paired SLI sets. As the third GF100 Fermi iteration, the GeForce GTX465 has been designed with the same solid construction. There are exposed electronics on the back of the PCB, but nothing that protrudes enough to require a metal back-plate for protection. The top-side of the graphics card features a protective plastic fan shroud, which receives the same depressed chamfer that allowed previous generations to sustain airflow in SLI configurations. The Fermi GF100 GPU has been moved forward toward the exhaust vents, which allows memory and power components to receive optimal cooling first.

While most PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts buy a discrete graphics card for the sole purpose of playing video games, there's a very small niche who depend on the extra features beyond video fast frame rates. NVIDIA is the market leader in GPGPU functionality, and it's no surprise to see CPU-level technology available in their GPU products. Fermi GF100 is also the first GPU to ever support Error Correcting Code (ECC), a feature that benefits both personal and professional users. Proprietary technologies such as NVIDIA Parallel DataCache and NVIDIA GigaThread Engine further add value to GPGPU functionality. Additionally, applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Premier can take advantage of GPGPU processing power.

Defining product value means something different to everyone. Some readers take heat and power consumption into consideration, while others are only concerned with FPS performance. With regard to value, there are several ways to look at the $280 GeForce GTX-465 and compare it to the closest rivals: such as the $305 ATI Radeon HD 5850. In terms of product price to FPS performance, the GeForce GTX-465 is one of the most affordable DirectX-11 video card products available. Here's a breakdown of the average USD cost per FPS recorded for the ten tests conducted for this article:

  • Radeon HD 5770: $8.58 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 465: $10.26 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5850: $11.30 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 470: $11.05 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5870: $11.64 per FPS
  • GeForce GTX 480: $12.54 per FPS
  • Radeon HD 5970: $14.03 per FPS
  • As of late June 2010, the ASUS GeForce GTX-465 video card (model ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5) sells at NewEgg for $279.99 while nearly all other GTX-465 models are listed between $250-$260. At the same time, NewEgg lists nearly all Radeon HD 5850 models for more than $305. If you've got money to spend and demand better performance, the ASUS GTX-470 (model ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5) delivers on its $350 price point. Additionally, the ASUS GeForce GTX-465 comes with a three-year limited warranty, and for a limited time they've bundled the 'Just Cause 2' full-version PC video game; which is more incentive than the competition.

    While NVIDIA's GF100 Fermi GPU delivers more than just a giant boost to video frame rates over their previous generation, such as GPGPU functionality that's usable in- and outside of video games, the GeForce GTX-465 is reduced from 16 to 11 Streaming Multiprocessors. This in turn reduces CUDA cores from 512 to 352, and takes down texture units from 64 to only 44. You're getting what you pay for, but keep in mind that you're not paying very much. By comparing video game frame rate performance between the GTX-465 and ATI Radeon HD 5850, the ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 kit pulls ahead at least half the time and either matches or slightly trails the HD5850 the rest of the time. That's should be enough reason to save $55, or push your system with two units in SLI. As inventory begins to match demand, manufacturers will become more competitive with pricing and bundled extras, so be sure to shop for your best bargain.

    Pros:Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval

    + Respectible price-to-performance cost ratio
    + GF100 Introduces Error Correcting Code (ECC)
    + Good performance for high-end games
    + Fan exhausts all heated air outside of case
    + Quiet cooling fan under loaded operation
    + Includes native HDMI audio/video output
    + Adds 32x CSAA post-processing detail
    + Supports triple-SLI functionality
    + Competes well with Radeon HD 5850


    - Consumes 36W at idle and 219W under full load
    - Fermi architecture, but less than ideal GPU


    • Performance: 8.25
    • Appearance: 8.75
    • Construction: 9.50
    • Functionality: 9.00
    • Value: 8.75

    Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.

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    # Little mistake...BETA911 2010-06-21 23:33
    At Battleforge, how can a none DX11 card (9800GTX+) be in the charts when DX11 is tested? Same with the HD490.
    Then, the HD5770 is not 256-bit but 128-bit!
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    # RE: Little mistake...Olin Coles 2010-06-22 06:07
    Thanks for finding that typo - it's been fixed. I'll update the chart, too, since those products shouldn't be included. Even though the game allows them to benchmark with the same settings, they're not compliant and likely ignore the DX11 extensions.
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    # A Strange review pt1The Crouch 2010-06-22 11:50
    I'm really sorry, but this review does not make much sense to me. Not compared to other reviews mind you, but in itself!

    I count 5 clear wins for the 5850, 3 for the 465 and one wash (Resident evil 5). From the 465's point of view, thats a staggering 67% more wins for the 5850!!
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    # A Strange review pt2The Crouch 2010-06-22 11:52
    When it comes to the value numbers you provide I count 5 wins for the 5850 and 4 for the 465 (RE5 is clearly a 465 win).

    And by the way, I don't count the two parts of 3D vantage as separate tests.

    So not only is the 5850 the faster card with over half the tests won, more importantly, it also offers the most bang for your buck! All according to your own figures!

    At least to me, this would count as a clear win for the 5850, but that is hardly what I see in the summary.

    Also worth mentioning i think: Having been on Newegg on a few occasions, $305 seemed a bit steep for a 5850, and for aspiring customers for a graphics card, I can tell a 5850 can be found for $285. Only $5 more expensive than the price for the 465 you are quoting, and with that small difference I think the value numbers throughout the test would look a bit different.
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    # RE: A Strange review pt2Olin Coles 2010-06-22 16:03
    Based on NewEgg prices today, nearly every single Radeon HD 5850 is priced above $305 with an average price of $325 (I did the math). Conversely, several models of the GTX-465 sells for as little as $250, with an average price of $260. That makes the Radeon HD 5850 22~25% more expensive... but does it perform 22~25% better? No, it doesn't. It doesn't even perform better than the GTX-465 all of the time; only 'some' of the time... slightly more than half (as you point out). So should a card that costs $55-75 more than GTX-465 be considered the best value when it doesn't even offer a relative boost to performance? I don't think so.
    You should also check your math on the cost per FPS, because the GTX-465 beats the Radeon 5850 in nearly all of them.
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    # Thank you !SiliconDoc 2010-06-27 17:10
    I came here to see just how much red raging rooster ATI bias was here on the gtx465.
    I thank you and congratulate you for your response to the commenter.
    I sit here absolutely STUNNED. I can't believe that somebody didn't just "take it" and nearly agree with the ati fan fraud.
    My faith in humanity has been renewed.
    Believe me, I really, really appreciate it.
    Sincerely sick of the rampant red bias,
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    # Is a 1~2 FPS lead really a win?Olin Coles 2010-06-22 17:54
    Is a 1~2 FPS lead really a win? You might see it that way, but I don't. Especially when the Radeon HD 5850 costs $55 more.
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    # RE: ASUS GeForce GTX-465 Video CardStephen E 2010-06-22 16:48
    About the VGA Power Comparison that you did, can you provide a sample calculation on how you came up with your data?

    Did you just report the AC Power differnence between no graphic card in the system and with the Graphics card installed? Did you try to take into account the PSU efficiency?
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    # RE: RE: ASUS GeForce GTX-465 Video CardOlin Coles 2010-06-22 16:53
    From the power consumption section: "A baseline test is taken without a video card installed inside our test computer system, which is allowed to boot into Windows-7 and rest idle at the login screen before power consumption is recorded. Once the baseline reading has been taken, the graphics card is installed and the system is again booted into Windows and left idle at the login screen. Our final loaded power consumption reading is taken with the video card running a stress test using FurMark. Below is a chart with the isolated video card power consumption (not system total) displayed in Watts for each specified test product."

    Power supply efficiency is not taken into consideration for any of our reported results. Only the motherboard, processor, memory, SSD, and video card are drawing power. The math is simply idle/load result minus baseline.
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    # Weird...xtremesv 2010-06-22 18:04
    Why do reviewers still benchmark FarCry 2? Is it a requirement recommended (imposed) by Nvidia?

    And I don't get your pricing figures. I found a 5850 for $285 and another for $305 in Newegg... the ones you mention beyond $325 include special cooling designs.
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    # nooneoverclockyourkeyboard 2012-02-11 03:10
    hey do you know that i got my zotac gtx 465 at just 7250 which is $147.17(converted to USD) and the 5850 costs 14950 which is $303.48.At this price i can sli a gtx 465 and when you sli a gtx 465 against a 5850 clearly 465's the winner.I dunno why the prices aren't coming down for the 5850.
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