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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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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) 3DMarks 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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 8290
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 8490
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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 9318
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 9711
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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 6226
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 6165
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 6217
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 6334
ASUS ENGTS250 DK in SLI 6223
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 6255

The same holds true in 3DMark vantage: the overclocked Gigabyte Geforce GTX260 manges to steal bragging rights from the Radeon HD 4890 with an overall score of 8490 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.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportSTALKER 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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 22.84
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 24.63
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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 20.03
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 21.5
Sparkle GTX260 Core 216 19.9
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 13.9

The performance difference between a stock Geforce GTX 260 videocard and an overclocked card like the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA isn't a huge one. For the most part the overall speed difference is limited to about 7%, and in heavy stress situations like STALKER's sun shafts test, that nets a minor 1-2 FPS improvement.

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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 49.66
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 52.72
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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 42.98
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 44.26
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
ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 36.9
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA 38.93
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 AMD Radeon HD 4890 still stays king of the single-GPU hill in Crysis, with the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard following a close second.

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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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