PCSTATS Main Page Follow PCSTATS on Facebook PCSTATS RSS Feed PCSTATS Twitter Feed + Motherboards
+ Videocards
+ Memory
+ Beginners Guides
News & Advanced Search  Feedback?
[X]   Directory of
Guides & Reviews

Beginners Guides
Weekly Newsletter
Archived Newsletters

 

Contact the Suite 66 Advertising Agency
Seagate Backup Plus Slim External USB 3.0 2TB Hard Drive Review

Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA Geforce GTX260 Core 216 Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA Geforce GTX260 Core 216 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Best of all, Gigabyte have pre-overclocked the Geforce GTX260 from the default 578MHz clock speed to 630MHz, and bumped up the 1242MHz shader clock to 1356MHz.
 84% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 15 2009   Julian Apong  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA

Videocard Power Consumption Measurements

Here's how the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard stacks up in real life against a couple different cards. PCSTATS measures total system power draw and compares that in 3D loaded (max value recorded in 3DMark06) and idle states (at Windows desktop). The power supply used in each test is an A-PFC compliant PC Power and Cooling 750W model.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportVideocard Power Consumption (Total System Power Draw)
Idle at Desktop WATTS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 177
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 153
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 222
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 165
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 137
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 120
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 108
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 135
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 180
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 101
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 135
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 112
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 140
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 120
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 170
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 196
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 183
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 165
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 140
3D Loaded: WATTS Ranking
Palit HD4870 X2 2GB 421
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A 390
Asus EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP/G/3DHTI/1G/A (Crossfire) 610
MSI R3870X2-T2D1G-OC 330
Asus EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A 225
Asus EAH4850 HTDI/512M 202
MSI R4830 T2D512-OC (Radeon 4830) 177
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB 186
Gigabyte GV-R477D5-512HB Crossfire 279
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 153
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 277
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 215
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 262
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 214
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 316
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

The computer and videocard industry has done a lot to curb excessive power draw this generation, and the endless push for smaller die-sizes means that even though today's videocards are more powerful, they use significantly less electricity.Even though it's been pre-overclocked, the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard wasn't fazed at all during this power test. It's drawing nearly 50W less than Asus and Sparkle Geforce GTX260s under load, a stellar result!

The majority of spikes in the above power draw chart indicate dual videocard SLI or Crossfire test situations, modern videocards have become a lot more power efficient thanks largely to die shrinks and optimization. The Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard itself will require two 6-pin auxiliary SLI power connectors, but when stressed the total power draw doesn't push total system power draw past 300 Watts.

Heat and Noise Observations

The Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard is clad in a very substantial heatsink, hidden behind a black plastic fan shroud that directs airflow along the cards length. A single squirrel cage fan draws air in at the back of the card and directs it across the heatsink before it's exhausted at the I/O side back into the case.

Because hot air is vented out through the card's I/O panel out of the PC case, that helps keep internal case temperatures in check, and hence the videocard can operate with less noise because the fans aren't running at 100%. Still, it's a good idea to ensure your PC case has decent airflow to keep overall fan noise down to a low level... the hotter things get the faster fans need to spin. At full fan speed the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA doesn't make too much noise, thankfully.

Along with the massive slab of Geforce GTX260 GPU, the heatsink makes contact with each one of the BGA DRAM modules via small squares of soft thermal gap filler. Now that you know what's going on inside the chip and under the heatsink, it's time to see just how far we can push the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard!

< Previous Page © 2017 PCSTATS.com Next Page >

 

Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA Geforce GTX260 Core 216 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  nVidia Geforce GTX260 / 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: FarCry 2, Crysis
 Pg 11.  Gigabyte's pre-overclocked GTX260 Weighs in

SEARCH PCSTATS 
Use the power of Google to search all of PCSTATS and the PCSTATS Forums. Tell us what you think of this new feature - FEEDBACK?
   12 / 17 / 2017 | 10:48AM
Hardware Sections 


google
 
PCSTATS Network Features Information About Us Contact
FrostyTech
TransmetaZone
BeginnersPC
PCSTATS Newsletter
PCSTATS Forums
ShoppingList Assistance
Tech Glossary
Technology WebSite Listings
PermaLink News
Archived News
Submit News (Review RSS Feed)
Site Map
PCstats Wallpaper
About Us
Employment
Privacy Policy
Advertise on PCSTATS

How's Our Driving?
© Copyright 1999-2017 www.pcstats.com All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of Use.