Nvidia reckons there's still plenty of life left in its GeForce GTX 470 chips yet, but a new app purportedly from Asus could potentially sign its death warrant early.
The executable has the simple name of 465Upgrade.exe, and it basically unlocks 96 of the latent cores on a GeForce GTX 465 (opens in new tab). Chinese tech site Chip Hell (opens in new tab) (Google Translation) claims to have set the app to work on a GeForce GTX 465 card, and has GPU-Z screenshots from before and after the upgrade.
If the screenshots are genuine, then it looks as though the app leaves the device ID and clock speeds alone, and simply unlocks some of the stream processors that have been disabled. In the screenshot below you can see that the GPU looks like a standard GeForce GTX 465, but it has 448 stream processors, rather than 352.
The GeForce GTX 465 is based on the same GF100 core as the GTX 470, so the upgrade is theoretically possible. It also looks as though you only have to hit the app's Upgrade button and then reboot your PC for the upgrade to take effect.
The PhysX-modding tinkerers over at NGOHQ (opens in new tab) claim that the app originated from Asus, and the executable does indeed have an Asus icon. However, Asus was unable to confirm to us whether the app had been officially released by the company, and we're expecting to receive more information on the app's origin tomorrow.
In the meantime, you can grab the app from here (opens in new tab) if you have a GeForce GTX 465, and aren't afraid of taking any of the risks associated with running an unknown executable.
As with any mods such as this, however, bear in mind that the latent stream processors in a GeForce GTX 465 may well have been disabled for a reason, probably because the chip didn't quite make the grade as a GeForce GTX 470.