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Gainward GeForce GTX 465

Gainward package their card in a large box which lists some of the card features as well as noting that various applications are bundled with the product. Inside we find what looks like a basic bundle, though this impression is the result of Gainwards choice to use a custom design PCB which requires fewer output dongles.

Shown above is Gainwards GTX 465, it has a dual slot cooler which immediately looks different to the reference design, thanks to the use of two 80mm red fans. Underneath these fans the changes continue as Gainward use their own PCB design which as well as being around 10mm shorter than the reference design also does away with the hole In the board which is used on the single fan models.

In terms of connectors the Gainward GTX 465 has two 6-pin sockets for power and dual-link DVIs available for connection on the PCIe bracket. Differing from the reference design Gainward go for a HDMI port which is capable of passing through audio and DisplayPort on their 465. The audio formats supported are 2 channel LPCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, 7.1 LPCM, Dolby Digital + and MPEG 2/4 AAC. As with other GTX 400 series cards DTS Master Audio and Dolby True-HD are not supported.

Gainward clock the 40nm DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0 GF100 GPU at 608MHz, shaders at 1215MHz and memory at 3200MHz. 1GB of memory is connected to the GPU by a 256-bit bus and support for PCIe 2.0 is present. As with the previous generation of cards we have full support for acceleration of Blu-Ray content as well as OpenCL, CUDA and PhysX.

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