lot to love about nVidia's 'GT200' GPU architecture. As PCSTATS discovered in
the Sparkle GTX260 review, these videocards have
consistently delivered solid performance in pretty much every benchmark. When
paired with an appropriate CPU and motherboard, it's possible to play pretty much any
3D/FPS game on the market at 1920x1200 resolution and expect smooth framerates.
Gigabyte has taken this a step further with the
GV-N260C896H-GA, by factory overclocking the GPU and shaders. Increasing the
core clock from 578MHz up to 630MHz, and taking the shader clock from 1296MHz to
1360MHz has pushed the performance of the Geforce GTX 260 even closer to that of
the Radeon HD 4890, even exceeding it in certain benchmarks like 3DMark.
Of course, PCSTATS
wasn't content to settle for just factory overclocking, and cranked the core
clock speed up to 704MHz, and the memory clock up to 1222MHz in its own
While there wasn't any official benchmarking done at
these speeds, the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA was definitely a force to be
Even with its factory overclocks, the Gigabyte
GV-N260C896H-GA videocard actually drew less power under load than stock-clocked
Geforce GTX 260 videocards. It's heat and noise levels also stayed impressively
low during testing, only ramping up to their maximums during boot-up.
In addition to the pre-overclocking, Gigabyte has thrown
in a copy of Far Cry 2 with the GV-N260C896H-GA graphics card. For anyone that
hasn't played Far Cry 2, this is a pretty solid title, and it has a pretty
comprehensive benchmarking tool built into it tpo.
The Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard is ideal for
those looking to create a upper-range computer system that focuses on the best
performance-to-price ratio. For those that have nVidia-friendly chipsets, it can
also be part of an SLI upgrade. Getting all of this for around $250 CDN ($225 USD, £140 GBP) is an excellent value. If
you're still clunking through the latest game titles on an old beater of a PCI
Express x16 videocard, it's time for you to consider an upgrade like the
Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA Geforce GTX260 videocard!
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