GTX 465 looking like it will come before GTX 460

Published: 16th May 2010, 10:27 GMT

GTX 465 looking like it will come before GTX 460 - Neoseeker News Article

Chinese tech site eNET apparently has a GTX 465 in its possession. It has posted some specs and benchmarks of this interesting new card.

Wait a minute, you might say,a GTX 465 ? That’s right: GTX 465. It looks like the GTX 465 will be the card that we have talked about earlier being shown in Computex in early June. It might seem odd to release a GTX 465 before a GTX 460 has arrived, but it makes sense if what eNET says is true: as we suspected, the GTX 465 uses GF100 Fermi GPUs that did not have what it takes to power GTX 470 or GTX 480 video cards. Fermi is just about the biggest chip you are going to find out there, so no matter how well NVIDIA’s production went, even in the best case there is bound to be many not fully functional GF100’s that could be put to good use in different video cards — like this GTX 465.

A GTX 460 will becoming further down the road however. The GTX 460 will not use GF100 Fermi chips, instead, it will use a new GF104 design, which for all purposes can be described as a more econonmical, mainstream Fermi part compared to the GF100 which powers the GTX 470 and GTX 480.

The GTX 465 apparently has only 352 stream processors (which seems actually sort of low), 1GB of DDR5, and a 256-bit memory interface. Clock speeds — which certainly could change — are right now pegged at 607MHz for the core clock, 1215MHz for the shader clock, and an effective 3206MHz for the GDDR5 memory. Very roughly, this leads me to believe that the GTX 465 will be about 75% the speed of the GTX 470, which means it’ll fight off the high mid-range of ATI, represented by the HD 5830 and HD 5770. Though, with Fermi’s architecture, we’d expect the GTX 465 to have the upper-hand against these cards in new DX11 titles that are tesselation-heavy.

The GTX 465 is thought to initially sell for around the $300 USD mark.

The GTX 460 will still probably be a ways off — it is certainly not easy to design a new GPU and get production ramped up. We probably won’t see anything until September at the earliest, perhaps October might be a good target for the company.

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