NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465, GTX 470 Graphics Cards
- Intel Core i7-975 (3340 MHz) CPU
- ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard with the Intel X58 chipset
- 6GB of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM from Corsair
- WD Caviar SE WD1600JD 160GB SATA HDD
- Tagan TG900-BZ 900W PSU
- Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, DirectX 11
- Dell 3007WFP 30-inch monitor
- ATI CATALYST 10.6; NVIDIA Drivers 257.21.
- VSync disabled
- Far Cry 2 (Ubisoft) -- DirectX 10.0, Shaders 4.0 (HDR), built-in benchmarking utility (the Middle level), maximum settings.
- CRYSIS Warhead (Crytek/EA) -- Cargo, DirectX 10.0, Shaders 4.0, Very High settings, batch file, timedemo available by e-mail request.
- Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (Codemasters) -- DirectX 10.0/11.0, Ultra High settings, run the benchmark as follows: "dirt2.exe -benchmark example_benchmark.xml".
- Warhammer 40.000: Dawn Of War II (Relic Entertainment/THQ) -- DirectX 10.0, Super High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
- Just Cause 2 (Avalanche Studios/Eidos Interactive) -- DirectX 11.0, Super High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
- Aliens vs. Predator (Rebellion/SEGA) -- DirectX 11.0, Shaders 5.0, Very High settings, run the benchmark from the in-game menu.
- Tropics Benchmark 1.3 (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
- Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) -- DirectX 10.0, High settings.
- Heaven Benchmark 2.0 (Unigine) -- DirectX 11.0, High settings.
- 3DMark Vantage 1.02 (FutureMark) -- DirectX 10.0, Shaders 4.0, multitexturing, Extreme settings.
- RightMark3D (iXBT.com) -- DirectX, a synthetic benchmark, Shaders 2.0/2.0b/3.0.
We'd like to thank Unigine for helping us set up their benchmarks.
Long ago we proved how unreliable were test results obtained with the FRAPS utility. Sadly, this only leaves us benchmarks built into games. For this reason we prefer to use a small number of tests, but all of those are transparent and precise. What's more important, they accurately show the correlation of graphics card performance.
Far Cry 2
Crysis Warhead, Cargo
Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn Of War II
Just Cause 2
Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11.0
Unigine Tropics Benchmark
Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 10.0
Unigine Heaven Benchmark DirectX 11.0
3DMark Vantage Graphics Marks
Inno3D GeForce GTX 470 Hawk 1280MB has an excellent, highly efficient cooler that should provide a nice overclocking potential. On the downside, the cooler is huge, occupying two adjacent expansion slots instead of one. All in all, this is a nice product. It also comes with a mouse pad.
Inno3D GeForce GTX 465 1024MB copies the reference design, so our conclusions are true for all similar GeForce GTX 465 cards. This solutions performs well on the background of ATI Radeon HD 5770, and even ATI Radeon HD 5830. On the downside, it's too expensive, too power-hungry and heats up a lot.
Gainward GeForce GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5 Golden Sample is simply an excellent product. It has a highly efficient and quiet cooler and it's factory-overclocked. In other words, buy it if the price is right.
You should also remember about technologies like 3D Vision and PhysX these graphics cards support.
One more thing. If you plan on installing a liquid cooling system, know that you may void warranty. Starting from this lineup, NVIDIA has been putting extra crispy stickers onto cooler screws on the back of the PCB. And you can hardly remove the cooler without breaking those (and voiding the warranty).
We express gratitude to Gainward and InnoVision for the provided graphics cards. The PSU is provided by TAGAN, the monitor is provided by NVIDIA.
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