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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.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 15 2009   Julian Apong  
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Overclocking a Geforce GTX260 with nVidia nTune

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 630 MHz 704 MHz
Memory Speed: 1000 MHz 1222 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

Gigabyte's GV-N26OC896H-GA videocard ships from the factory with its nVidia GT200 GPU pre-overclocked from the default 576 MHz to 630MHz. The 896MB of GDDR3 memory runs at a cool 1000 MHz, only 1MHz faster than the 999MHz default speed. Overclocking nVidia GT200-based videocards has always been a bit tricky, so it will be interesting to see how much further PCSTATS will be able to push this factory overclocked videocard...

Overclocking was done through nVidia's nTune utility which unlocks GPU and memory clock speed. PCSTATS started with the GPU first, pausing to test the results with a quick 3D benchmark before continuing.

Starting with the GeForce GTX260 GPU the clock speed was increased in 25MHz increments from 630MHz, and in no time the Gigabyte videocard was purring at 650MHz, then 680... 704... and finally 713MHz. Next came the 896MB of GDDR3 memory which is clocked by default at 1000 MHz. The Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA's memory was overclocked more aggressively, jumping all the way up to 1211MHz, then 1243... 1254... 1276... before settling on a max speed of 1287MHz.

Together the nVidia GTX260 GPU and GDDR3 memory on the Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA videocard ran comfortably overclocked at 704MHz GPU / 1222MHz memory without crashing or any obvious signs of artifacts in the 3D benchmarks.

Whereas recent ATI Radeon videocards have run overclocked well at the respective maximum speed for the GPU and memory, the Geforce GTX260 GPU series is much more picky. It often takes a few minutes of tinkering to find which GPU and memory overclocked speeds run well together.

Still, it's nice to know that even a factory overclocked videocard can be pushed a little faster if you desire!

Prelude to Benchmarks:

The details of how the Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA videocard test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVidia GeForce GTX260 (core 216) 896MB based videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (775) Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (775) AMD Athlon64 FX-62 (AM2)
Clock Speed:

15 x 200MHz = 3.0GHz

14 x 200MHz = 2.6GHz 14 x 200MHz = 2.8GHz
Motherboards:

ASUS P5E3 Premiun (Intel X48 Express)
ASUS Striker II NSE (nF 790i SLI)*
MSI X48 Platinum
(Intel X48 Express)

MSI X48 Platinum (Intel X48 Express)

Foxconn C51XEM2 (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216
ASUS ENGTS250 DK (SLI)*
ASUS EAH4890 HTDI/1GD5/A
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI

Palit Radeon HD 4870X2
ASUS Radeon EAH4850/HTDI/512MA
MSI Radeon R3870X2-T2D1G-OC
ASUS Radeon EAH3870X2 1G
Diamond HD 3650 Pe 512
MSI R4830-T2D512-OC

ASUS EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD
Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC
MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E-HD-OC
nVidia GeForce 8600GTS SLI
Foxconn
8600GTS-256
MSI NX8600GT-T2D256E-OC
MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H SLI
Gigabyte GV-NX85T256H
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E
Gigabyte GV-NX76GT256D-RH
Biostar Sigma-Gate GeForce 7600GS
Albatron 8600GT-256
MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E-OC
ASUS EN8800GT TOP/G/HTDP/512M/A
Palit 9600GT Sonic
Biostar V903GT52-NV1AN *

Memory:

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 (DDR2)

Hard Drive:

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740

CDROM:

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD Blu-Ray Drive

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Power Supply: PC Power amp; Cooling TurboCool 750W
Heatsink: Intel E8400 Reference Intel E6750 Reference Athlon64 FX-62 Reference Heatsink
Test System Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel INF 9.0.0.1008
Catalyst 9.3
Forceware 185.85
nVidia 15.23

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit*

Benchmarks:

3DMark06
3DMark Vantage
Far Cry 2
STALKER Clear Sky
FEAR
Crysis
Call of Juarez
Lost Planet

Benchmark results are organized by GPU manufacturer first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar.

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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

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