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Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I Geforce GTX 260 Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I Geforce GTX 260 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: While stock Geforce GTX 260 have a 576MHz core clock and a 1242MHz Shader Clock, the GV-N26SO-896I is factory overclocked up to a 680MHz core clock and 1466MHz shaders.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 13 2009   Julian Apong  
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Gigabyte N26SO-896I - faster than a Geforce GTX260!

Gigabyte has created a monster with the GV-N26SO-896I videocard.

If you only looked at the performance graphs, you might have difficulty believing that this videocard was actually a Geforce GTX 260 videocard.

In most of PCSTATS benchmark testing, this videocard performed more like the Geforce GTX 285-based GV-N285OC-2GI, also made by Gigabyte.

However while the GV-N285OC-2GI videocard was prohibitively expensive at $440 CDN, the GV-N26SO-896I comes in at $210 CDN ($200 USD, £130 GBP), less than half the price. At this price point this videocard is a definite winner.

AMD's major contender in the $180-$220 price range is the Radeon HD 4890 videocard, and the Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I videocard remains competitive with it in most benchmarks, while outperforming it in others like STALKER and Lost Planet.

Of course, a large part of the Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I's performance is thanks to its aggressive factory overclocking. Having a clock speed of 680MHz (versus 574MHz for a stock Geforce GTX 260), still makes a big difference in gaming, as does overclocking the 896MB of GDDR3 memory from 1998MHz up to 2350MHz. PCSTATS was able to take things even faster, bringing the GV-N26SO-896I's core clock up to 725MHz, and the memory clock up to an awe-inspiring 3360MHz.

All of that additional performance steals some of the spotlight from Gigabyte's Ultra Durable VGA manufacturing, so just let me say that it's good to see some of these manufacturing methods make their way onto videocards. Having solid-state capacitors, thicker copper layers and higher-quality ferrite cores and MOSFETS not only ensure longer videocard lifespans and reliability, they can also contribute to some of the excellent factory-overclocked performance that the Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I videocard is capable of.

The bottom line is that the Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I videocard is capable of playing pretty much any of today's PC games at high resolutions with good frame rates. With its high factory overclocks and excellent manufacturing quality, this videocard is at the forefront of Geforce GTX 260 videocards and would be a good fit in a mainstream gaming rig.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I Geforce GTX 260 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  NVIDIA GT200B GPU and the Geforce GTX 260
 Pg 3.  Videocard Power Consumption / Overclocking
 Pg 4.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
 Pg 6.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: STALKER
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 8.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 9.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry 2
 Pg 12.  AA/AF Videocard Benchmarks: Crysis
 Pg 13.  — Gigabyte N26SO-896I - faster than a Geforce GTX260!

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