Finally, the testing came to the end. “But where are the comparison tests of unlocked GTX 465 and GTX 470?” you may ask. The answer is that there is no difference in performance between our unlocked sample of GTX 465 and GTX 470 with the same clocks. Moreover, PoV GTX 465 graphic card after flashing it into GTX 470 has more room for overclocking — 725MHz for GPU with original 0.950 V compared 700MHz that EVGA GTX 470 SuperClocked has with its original voltage of 1.012 V. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed in EVGA GTX 470 SuperClocked — for that price we would like to have some sort of GPU chip picking, but in reality — manufacturer does not care about it.
Final test results surprised me. GTX 465 totally lost the battle to its elder Fermi brother, even overclocked to 780MHz for GPU card could not catch up with GTX 470 on stock clocks. There is only one question left unanswered — is it possible to unlock performance config of every GTX 465 graphic card? Our sample of PoV GTX 465 had been bought in one of European shops and there was no chance of picking. So there is actually a chance for a good bargain. But I am now justified in telling you that unlocking of performance config of GTX 465 cards is a rare case. Remember, reference design GTX 465 card has only eight memory chips, and if you receive such a card then it would be impossible to get a full-fledged GTX 470 because of memory chips lack and lower memory bus width. Also don’t forget the fact that there are card samples which have performance config locked due to GPU non-applicability and such cards can’t be unlocked.
We have got lucky and picked a “lucky ticket” right away. As for the rest of you, I recommend you to follow statistics on GTX 465 unlocking, for example, on forums. By having some info about successful / unsuccessful results for different model, you can significantly increase the chance to buy the right card. But do not forget the other fact — BIOS flashing lead to automatic warranty loss, therefore, all actions written in this review can only be repeated at your own risk.