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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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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Oct 13 2009   Julian Apong  
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Videocard Power Consumption / Overclocking

Here's how this Gigabyte videocard stacks up in real life against a couple different cards for power draw. 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 (rev.A) 138
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 FML/DI/512MD5/A 105
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 101
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 79
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2G1 113
Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I 105
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
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 86
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 85
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 (rev.A) 244
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 FML/DI/512MD5/A 158
Asus EAH4770 HTDI/512MD5/A 153.3
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I 109
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
Asus EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2G1 277
Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I 230
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
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A 148
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
Asus EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
ASUS EN9400GT DI/1GLP 109
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

The GV-N26SO-896I videocard has excellent power efficiency, which may be partly due to its Gigabyte Ultra Durable VGA manufacturing. When placed under load the GV-N26SO-896I also does quite well considering its aggressive factory overclocking, although it does draw a little bit more power than the Radeon HD 4890 videocard.

The Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I videocard runs off a GPU fabricated on the 55nm process and requires two 6-pin auxiliary PCI Express power connectors. It's time to overclock the overclocked, and see just how far Gigabyte's cherry-picked Geforce GTX 260 GPUs will really go...

Overclocking past 700MHz GPU?

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 680 MHz 725 MHz
Memory Speed: 1175 MHz 1680 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-N26SO-896I videocard ships from the factory with its nVidia GT200b GPU pre-overclocked from the default 576MHz to 680MHz - that's an impressive 104MHz overclock already. The videocard's GDDR3 memory gets the same treatment, being overclocked from 999MHz up to 1175MHz (which is then dual-pumped to 2350MHz). With some pretty extreme overclocking already done in the factory, is it possible to get even more overclocking?

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

The GeForce GTX285 GPU clock speed was increased in 25MHz increments from its default of 680MHz, and it didn't take much to get it running at 705MHz. Under default voltages it was possible to push things up to 715MHz, and then up to 725Mhz without any errors. Anything beyond that would require more voltage.

Next came the 896MB of GDDR3 memory. This memory already has some pretty high overclocks, but Gigabyte has apparently heaped on some very special sauce for the GV-N26SO-896I. PCSTATS was able to turn the memory from its 1175MHz up to an incredible 1680MHz. When dual-pumped that results in speeds of GDDR3 3360MHz, an amazing gain over the 1998MHz memory you'd find on a stock Geforce GTX 260!

Prelude to Benchmarks:

The details of how the Gigabyte GV-N26SO-896I 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 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-N26SO-896I
Gigabyte GV-N285OC-2GI
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
ASUS EN9600GT DI/512MD3/A
ASUS EN9400GT/DI/1G(LP)
Gigabyte GV-R435OC-512I

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 9.1.1.1019
Catalyst 9.8
Forceware 190.62
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-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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