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GIGABYTE GV-N465UD-1GI GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Great Card When Bought for Cheaper than GTX 460 08/13/2010

This review is from: GIGABYTE GV-N465UD-1GI GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Pros: I bought this card as an upgrade to two Radeon HD 3870s that I was running in Crossfire, and I can say that this card is a marked improvement, boosting my Windows experience score for graphics and gaming from a 7.0 to a 7.3. More importantly, it has improved my framerates noticeably. This card has a lot of nice features, including DirectX 11 support, physX, HDMI output, 3D support capability, and two DVI outputs. It also runs very quiet and cool, with the help of its 2oz copper PCB and inclined cooling fan system. I am able to run games like Starcraft II, Dirt 2, Borderlands and Crysis at max settings at 1080p resolution on my 21.5" monitor. Assuming you can get this card for cheaper than a GTX 460, it's definitely worth the purchase.

Cons: The naming and pricing structure of the nVidia fermi cards are a little misleading in terms of performance. Based on the price and name of the GTX 465, you would expect it to outperform a GTX 460, because 1) many of the GTX 460 cards are retail priced cheaper than the GTX 465 cards and 2) the name 465 > 460. Don't be fooled.

Just about any professional hardware testing site will tell you that the GTX 460 actually outperforms the GTX 465 in most benchmarks. Plus, the GTX 460 cards are more energy efficient and generally run cooler than the GTX 465. So if you are choosing between this card and a GTX 460 card of the same price, go with the GTX 460.

However, if you are like me, and were able to get this GTX 465 for cheaper than a GTX 460, by all means, buy it. It's a great card by all standards and has some nice features that the Radeon 5830 and 5850 just don't have.

Other Thoughts: For anyone like me who needed an affordable upgrade from a video card or cards that were a few years old, this GTX 465 card is a great buy, especially as its price goes down with the release of the GTX 460.

As a buyer, you can rest assured that you are getting a quality card with a host of new features that will last you for years to come. At the same time, you are also getting a card with enough horsepower to run the current generation of games with max settings without breaking much of a sweat.

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SAPPHIRE 100221SR Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB (512MB x 2) 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This is ATI's newest offering for the high-end gamer market. The card effectively combines two Radeon 3870 video cards and 1 gig of total video ram into one dual-slot card, effectively mimicking a Radeon 3870 Crossfire setup. Benchmarks so far have been amazing. Benchmarks on Gamespot showed that this card could almost beat out an Nvidia 8800 GTX SLI setup (which means two GTXs running together). When you consider that a single 8800 GTX costs $450-$600, this is quite a feat! This card is a tremendous value for this level of performance, and ATI's Catalyst drivers are still very young in their lifecycle. Once the drivers mature, this card will truly be a monster.

Cons: Doubling up two Radeon 3870s on a single card is bound to generate some heat. I'm not sure how hot this card runs, but that would be my only concern. The other only con is that this card cannot yet run in a crossfire setup with another Radeon 3870 x 2 card. However, ATI promised to fix this in the future, so gamers will be able to run two of these cards in tandem, effectively combining 2 gigs of Video Ram and 4 GPUs!!!

Other Thoughts: If I hadn't just bought two Radeon 3870s to run in a Crossfire setup, I would have gone with one of these. They are amazing.

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SAPPHIRE 100215L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-Bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is an excellent card for the money. I just bought an Asus X38 Maximus Formula motherboard and this card was the logical choice because Intel X38 or X35 based motherboards only support Crossfire (which is ATI's technology for combining the performance of two identical video cards running at once), not SLI (Nvidia's method). For those of you worried about how this card compares to the Nvidia 8800s, I can say this: it holds up nicely, and the price can't be beat. I was able to overclock the card to 820 mhz Core and 1200 mhz Video RAM with absolutely no problems using the Catalyst Control Panel. I could overclock more if I wanted. It appeared to be stable up to 860 mhz.

Cons: Make no mistake, these cards run hot, but it's a problem with the default fan settings, not the actual card. (Default fan settings have the fan running at 25% -- too low in my opinion). At stock settings, my card would idle at 62 degrees celsius and jump up to 80 under load. Like many here, I installed RivaT**** and bumped the default fan speed from 25% to 50%. Now, even with the 820mhz Core/1200mhz RAM overclock, the card idles at around 43 celsius and hits about 60 under load. MUCH BETTER! You can go to the RivaT**** homepage and read instructions on how to program the card's fan to speed up as the card reaches certain temperature thresholds. I followed the tutorial and now the card runs quite cool. The only other con is that the card is quite large. Make sure you have a case large enough to fit it.

Other Thoughts: Buy this card! Then increase the fan speeds with RivT**** and overclock it with the newest Catalyst drivers. You'll be amazed by its performance. In my opinion, this card put ATI back on the map as the price/performance leader. You can stack two in Crossfire mode for practically the price of a single Radeon 8800GTX. For me, this is a no brainer. I have Crysis running in mostly high settings with a few minor hiccups, and it looks spectacular. Supreme Commander runs flawlessly in maxed out settings. (My specs: motherboard: Asus X38 Maximus Formula, processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 oc'd to 3 ghz, Ram: 2gigs Crucial DDR 1066 (PC8500) ram, Power supply: Corsair 620W power supply - All from Newegg!)

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Display Name: Douglas J.

Date Joined: 11/12/06

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