Xbitlabs have released a quick preview on the GTX 465 a full week before release. As we have known for quite a while, the GTX 465 is basically the GTX 470 with a full 3SMs disabled, thus a total of 11SM and 352SP. The memory system is much changed too, with a 256-bit interface, 1GB GDDR5 at a slower 800 MHz. The end result is a crippled memory bandwidth of 103 GB/s. The price is suggested at $279.

However, the performance suggests that the GTX 465 is far overpriced. A $280 price tag would indicate performance very close to the HD 5850. Unfortunately, the GTX 465 is significantly slower than the HD 5850, and equals the previous generation GTX 275.

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Xbitlabs have released a quick preview on the GTX 465 a full week before
release. As we have known for quite a while, the GTX 465 is basically
the GTX 470 with a full 3SMs disabled, thus a total of 11SM and 352SP.
The memory system is much changed too, with a 256-bit interface, 1GB
GDDR5 at a slower 800 MHz. The end result is a crippled memory bandwidth
of 103 GB/s. The price is suggested at $279.

However, the performance suggests that the GTX 465 is far overpriced. A
$280 price tag would indicate performance very close to the HD 5850.
Unfortunately, the GTX 465 is significantly slower than the HD 5850, and
equals the previous generation GTX 275.

It is worth noting that this is just a preview, and the latest Release 256 driver hasn’t been used and the card benchmarked is a pre-release sample. Nevertheless, the gap seems too substantial to be closed down, barring a major miracle.

The GTX 465 is clearly positioned against the $229 HD 5830 then. Unfortunately, Xbitlabs have not included HD 5830 benchmarks. It will be interesting to see how the GTX 465 performs against the weak link of the HD 5000 series, but $279 is an absurd price for the GTX 465 anyway, and Nvidia must slash off at least by 20% to make it competitive. Then again, Nvidia might just rely on its strong marketing division to sell inferior products.

The full Preview is available at Xbitlabs.