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ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review

ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In order to handle the additional stresses of overclocking, the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard has a specially designed cooling solution, and it's a real beauty.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Oct 05 2009   Julian Apong  
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Overclocking a Geforce GTX260 with ASUS iTracker

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 584 MHz 691 MHz
Memory Speed: 1000 MHz 1250 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

Once installed the ASUS iTracker software automatically loads about 30 seconds after the PC boots up. The software tool provides a broad scope of monitoring options, and the ability to pre-configure different "performance" settings for gaming, working on the desktop, etc.

The strange thing about ASUS iTracker is that by default it's configured to shut down both fans on the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard, which aren't loud to begin with, prompting GPU temperatures to rise from the average desktop idle point of 45C to a good 70C....

Further complicating things is iTracker's non-intuitive user interface; the menu screens continually disappear or collapse on their own and it's not easy to navigate to the menu's where actual changes can be made by the user (under Profiles). Take it from me, five minutes spent with the ASUS iTracker software trying to get a better overclock (it offers GPU and memory voltage tweaking!!) is less fun then standing in line for two hours at a government office to get a drivers licence renewed... and you've been standing in the wrong line.

Frankly speaking ASUS really dropped the ball on the iTracker overclocking/monitoring software. It's a crime to bundle this kind of garbage software with a videocard as sweet as the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A otherwise is! PCSTATS has a pretty low expectation for bundled "tweaking" programs to begin with, but I think this application has a set a new record low.

The Things We Do for Love (of Overclocking)...

Still, with the ASUS iTracker software PCSTATS was able push the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard to very respectable overclock of 691MHz GPU / 1250MHz Memory by increasing the GPU voltage to 1190mV, memory to 1950mV. Nice!

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Contents of Article: ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A
 Pg 1.  ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A GeForce GTX 260 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  ASUS Thermal Solution
 Pg 3.  nVidia Geforce GTX260 and GT200 GPU
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking a Geforce GTX260 with ASUS iTracker
 Pg 5.  Videocard Power Draw, Test Specs
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, STALKER, 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, Crysis
 Pg 12.  Ultimate GTX 260 Videocard?

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