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ASUS ENGTX465 Review

ccokeman    -   June 3, 2010
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Testing:

Testing of the ASUS GTX 465 will consist of running the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of equal and greater capabilities to show where it falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where PhysX will be disabled in the Nvidia control panel. I will test the card at stock speeds, then overclocked in order to see how much additional performance is available and to determine if it can run with the current fastest single GPU cards on the market. The drivers used in this test will be the 10.4 Catalyst drivers for ATI and 257.15 Forceware drivers from Nvidia. Tests will be conducted at both stock and overclocked settings to gauge performance when an increase in clock speed is applied.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • ASUS GTX 465 821/1642/1882Mhz

You can overclock the ASUS ENGTX465 in a couple different ways using both ASUS' own Smart Doctor Utility as well as a few aftermarket utilities. The Smart Doctor utility was able to give the needed juice, but was capped at 707Mhz (1414Mhz) on the core/shader domain clock. This was easily completed without even bumping the voltages. To get to the final clock speeds, I went ahead and used one of my favorite utilities that is not vendor specific, MSI's Afterburner. I started out by increasing the voltage by two notches to 1075 vgpu and then started upping the clock speeds to a point where the card was no longer stable and then bumped up the voltage to the maximum level of 1087vgpu to get the maximum clock speed form the core. This netted a clock speed of 821Mhz (1642Mhz) on the core. For the memory overclocking, there was not an increase in voltage available, so the memory speeds reached were not all that high, but fall in between what I could achieve with the 470 and 480 at 941Mhz. The overclock on the core is a bit better than 200Mhz which equates to about a 33% increase in core clock speed, while the memory increase is not as dramatic at 141Mhz or 17.5%. Both pretty healthy increases. If this card responds even half as well as the GTX 480, overclocking should pay handsome dividends.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each card has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using MSI's Kombuster utility. So far my testing has shown that higher clock speeds may be stable in games where GPU usage does not reach 100%, but will crash within a few minutes using this utility. The reported clock speeds are those that proved stable over a 15 minute test at 1920x1200 8x AA.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Metro 2033
  3. Crysis Warhead
  4. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  5. Darkest of Days
  6. Bioshock 2
  7. Just Cause 2
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 2.0
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  10. Resident Evil 5
  11. 3DMark 06 Professional
  12. 3DMark Vantage
  • Usage:
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Metro 2033
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  9. Testing: Darkest of Days
  10. Testing: Bioshock 2
  11. Testing: Just Cause 2
  12. Testing: Unigine 2.0
  13. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  14. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Testing: Temperature
  18. Testing: Power Consumption
  19. Conclusion
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