Performance in First-Person 3D Shooters
Aliens vs. Predator
This game is benchmarked in DirectX 11 mode with the highest graphics quality settings.
The advanced geometry processing capabilities help the GeForce GTX 465 in this game, yet its lack of TMUs and its low memory bandwidth are obvious at 2560x1600 where the new card falls behind the Radeon HD 5850. It must be noted that this game is very resource-consuming at maximum settings and runs fast enough only on senior GeForce GTX 400 series products. The GeForce GTX 480 is the only card that can cope with this game in Full HD mode. Overclocking the GeForce GTX 465 does not help much: the bottom speed id below comfortable even at 1600x900.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Alas, the new GeForce 25x.xx driver does not help the GeForce GTX 265 much. The new card is competitive to its predecessor at low resolutions but falls behind at 1920x1080 and higher. It cannot compete with the Radeon HD 5850 at all. The latter card is faster at every resolution and makes the game playable even at 2560x1600 whereas the GeForce GTX 465 is limited to 1920x1080 and, probably, 1920x1200. That’s not a good beginning for the new card.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The GeForce GTX 465 is a total failure here. It is always slower than the GeForce GTX 275 and this difference cannot be justified. The older card came out at a cheaper price than the new one but works faster! Although the game is quite playable even at 2560x1600, we do expect better from the $279 solution. Overclocking makes no practical point here although increases the average frame rate at low resolutions.
The new driver improves the performance of the GeForce GTX 465 which is no always ahead of the GeForce GTX 275, but for all the driver optimizations, the card lacks hardware resources to compete with the Radeon HD 5850, except at 2560x1600 where both are too slow for comfortable gaming. The Crysis Warhead results suggest that the GeForce GTX 470 should be priced similar to the Radeon HD 5850 in order to be competitive to the latter, but this can hardly be profitable for Nvidia. As for the GeForce GTX 465, we guess it should not cost more than $200-250 to be a really good buy.