EVGA and Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 SLI Video Card ReviewMon, May 31, 2010 - 2:00 AM
The Galaxy Geforce GTX 465, A Closer Look
The retail packaging of the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 is kept simple, yet it gives you all the info that you want to know about the GeForce GTX 465.
The back of the retail packaging is full of marketing text. Filling the bulk of the back is eight reasons why you should have a graphics card.
The ends of the retail packaging are bot branded and labeled with the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465.
The side panels of the retail packaging list out the minimum system requirements and the key features that we covered earlier.
Once you open up the retail packaging of the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465, you find yourself presented with another, much more solid, cardboard box.
Opening the second box you find that the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 is extremely well packaged and secure. This is a great thing since delivery drivers aren’t always the most careful with most packages.
The bundle that accompanies is light, but includes everything needed. I am glad to see that they didn’t include 6 pin PCI-E power connectors with the Galaxy GeForce GTX 460. I would rather they invest the money in the products than “extra parts” that the majority of users will have no use for. If you are planning on a card of this caliber, you should make sure that you have a quality power supply, and most of today’s quality power supplies have at least two 6pin PCI-E power cables.
The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 is sharp looking and unique. Breaking away from the reference cooler, Galaxy opted to use an 80mm fan instead of the squirrel cage fan that the reference cooler uses. Hopefully the Galaxy’s cooler will keep the GeForce GTX 465 cooler than the reference design. We will touch on that a later in today’s article.
Missing from the back of the card are the air intake holes. That makes sense since the Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 uses a different cooler.
The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 uses the same display ports found on the EVGA GeForce GTX 465.
Here we can see the pair of 75 Watt 6pin plugs. Unlike the reference boards Galaxy decided to have them run out the end of the card instead of on top of it.
The reference GeForce GTX 465’s have the ability to remove the top shroud without any tools. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 went a little bit of a different route. Instead of needing to remove the entire shroud, you can just fold the fan out if you need to clean the fins with a bit of compressed air.
Once the fan is out of the way you have plenty of room to blow out any accumulated dust.
Once we removed the fan shroud we can see that the fins of the heat sink run the entire length of the card.
Taking the entire heat sink off was an additional four screws in the back of the pcb. After the primary heat sink was removed you can see that the memory chips and the power circuitry have additional heat sinks on them.
Another six screws later and we can remove the memory and power circuitry heat sinks. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 uses Samsung GDDR5 memory chips. The model number of the chips is “K4G10325FE-HC05″. That means that the memory is rated for 4Gbps according to Samsung.
Now that we have taken a look at the two different GeForce GTX 465’s, let’s take a peek at the system we are going to use today, and then we can get to some testing!