If you are one of the many NVIDIA fans out there who have been waiting for a great performing DirectX 11 card from NVIDIA without having to take out a second mortgage, your time has come! The GeForce GTX 465 is quite possibly the most powerful DirectX 11 graphics card for under $300.00!
When it comes to the two cards we looked at today there really isn’t a clear choice for me. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 was a hair behind the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 all day, but it was a little bit easier on the ears. It also stayed a little bit cooler thanks to the larger heat sink. On the other hand, the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition did lead on all of the benchmark scores, thanks to the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition coming from the factory with clocks already boosted. I was also able to push the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition further when it came to over clocking. The decision is going to come down to a few things, including brand loyalty if you have one. Personally, I have owned several of the same brand over the last few years; they have always been good for me so I stuck with the one brand. Price has usually also been a factor, at least to some extent. The EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition currently has a MSRP for $299.99. For twenty bucks more you get a slight performance boost. Is it worth it? We were able to over clock both of the Geforce GTX 465’s well beyond the clock speeds of either of the cards. If it were up to me I would save the $20.00 and do my own over clocking. Though in the end that is a decision for you to make. Currently all of the GeForce GTX 465’s over at Newegg.com have the factory default clock speeds and are selling for the MSRP of $279.99, so for the time being, price isn’t a deciding factor if you are looking for a standard GeForce GTX 465.
Throughout the majority of the testing today, the GeForce GTX 465’s were able to outperform the XFX Radeon HD 5830. Though, they weren’t quite up to the task of competing against the HIS Radeon HD 5870 except in Unigine Heaven 2.1. At 1280×1024 the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition was able to edge out the Radeon HD 5870. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 fell just short of the Radeon HD 5870 numbers by only .3 frames per second. However, the pair of GeForce GTX 465’s did lose some ground when it came to the higher resolution of 1920×1080.
One feature that the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 SC Edition has over the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 is the warranty. EVGA backs their graphics cards with a lifetime warranty, as long as the card was registered within 30 days of purchase. Although, if you don’t register your product you will be limited to a one year warranty. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 is covered by a two year warranty. In all honesty though, two years down the road these cards are likely to be out-dated and you will be looking for an excuse to upgrade anyway (or maybe that’s just me).
Legit Bottom Line: No matter which of the GeForce GTX 465’s we looked at today you choose, the EVGA GeForce GTX 465 or the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465, you will see some great DirectX 11 eye candy for under $300.00!