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Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review

Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Geforce GX 260 core on Sparkle's videocard is clocked at the default speed of 576MHz, the shaders hum away at 1242MHz, while the GDDR3 memory runs at an even 999MHz.
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External Mfg. Website: Sparkle May 26 2009   Julian Apong  
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DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, STALKER, Crysis

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1 Source: FutureMark

3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportFuturemark 3DMark Vantage 1.0.1 (no Physx)
Performance Overall: (P) Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 9116
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 8852
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 8358
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 5579
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 5149
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 6572
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 8383
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 6327
ASUS EAH4550 512M 1184
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 8286
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 6600
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 9986
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 5335
GPU Score: Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 12983
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 12252
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 9471
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 5905
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 5269
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 6701
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 9462
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 6418
ASUS EAH4550 512M 932
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 9321
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 6694
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 12508
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 4266
CPU score: Points Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 4814
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 4830
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 6180
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 4786
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 4821
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 6213
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 6246
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 6070
ASUS EAH4550 512M 6197
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 6217
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 6334
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 6223
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 6255

3DMark Vantage again shows the Radeon HD 4890 videocard with a slight lead over the Sparkle Geforce GTX260. Running a pair of Geforce GTS 250 videocards in SLI or Radeon HD 4770s in crossfire also tend to be a little bit faster, due to 3DMark vantage's excellent scaling on multiple GPUs. In 3Dmark Vantage the Sparkle GTX260 manages an overall score of 8286 3DMarks!

Stalker Clear Sky

Source: GSC

Stalker: Clear Sky is a prequel to Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. The player assumes the role of Scar, a veteran Stalker mercenary who is rescued by Clear Sky, a faction looking to explore the ruins of the Chernobyl power plant and solve the mystery at the heart of the Zone. The Sun Shafts test is part of Stalker's benchmarking suite, which uses DirectX 10 graphics capabilites and can stress even the fastest videocards.

STALKER Clear Sky - Ultra HQ, DX10
Sun Shafts Test 1600x1200 FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 39.6
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 24.6
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 16.76
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 20.7
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 31.5
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 25.1
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 17.28
Sun Shafts Test 1900x1200 FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 34.3
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 21.6
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 14.8
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 15.2
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 27.3
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 19.9
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 13.9

nVidia's GT200 GPU slots in right where we'd expect it in STALKER Clear Sky at high resolutions; between the ATI Radeon HD 4890 and Radeon HD 4850 videocards. The pricing of the Sparkle GTX 260 Core 216 videocard reflects this level of performance well.

Crysis 1.2

Source: Electronic Arts

Crysis is a science fiction first-person shooter developed by Crytek. Crysis uses Microsoft's new API, DirectX 10 for graphics rendering, and includes the new engine—the CryEngine 2—that is the successor to Far Cry's CryEngine. CryEngine 2 is among the first engines to use the DirectX 10 framework of Windows Vista, but can also run using DirectX 9, both on Vista and Windows XP.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportCrysis 1.2 - DirectX10
1280x1024 HQ FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 40.46
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 39.7
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 39.105
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 39.4
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 58.54
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 40.835
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 36.55
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 43.4
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 53.28
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 40.86
ASUS EAH4550 512M 9.77
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 49.69
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 49.16
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 64.63
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 31.23
1600x1200 HQ FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 38.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 34.2
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 37.17
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 33.8
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 46.35
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 30.79
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 27.46
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 32.02
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 49.37
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 30.87
ASUS EAH4550 512M 7.05
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 43.02
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 37.67
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 58.88
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 22.84
1920x1200 HQ FPS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 35
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 29.9
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 34.07
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 29.7
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 41.07
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 26.2
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 23.43
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 28.68
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 43.97
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 27.78
ASUS EAH4550 512M 6.38
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 36.91
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 33.56
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 50.4
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 19.4

The Sparkle GTX 260 Core 216 videocard achieves respectable results in Crysis at high resolutions. While running midrance cards in SLI/Crossfire or a single Radeon HD 4890 do garner higher performance numbers in this real-world test, each of those solutions also costs a lot more than a single Geforce GTX 260 graphics card.

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Contents of Article: Sparkle GTX260 Core 216
 Pg 1.  Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia Geforce GTX260 and the GT200 GPU
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 4.  Overclocking a Geforce GTX260 with nVidia nTune
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  — DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, STALKER, Crysis
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 10.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR AA/AF
 Pg 11.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry 2, Crysis
 Pg 12.  Radeon or Geforce GTX260 - Who's the better GPU?

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