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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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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Oct 05 2009   Julian Apong  
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Videocard Power Draw, Test Specs

Here's how the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard stacks up in real life against a couple different cards. 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 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 HTDI/512MD5/A 101
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 195
ASUS EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 160
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 150
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
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 96
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 166
ASUS EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 152
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 151
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 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 HTDI/512MD5/A 153.3
Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT CrossFire 549
ASUS EAX1900XTX 2DHTV/512M/A 333
ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A 252
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
Gigabyte GV-N96TSL-1GI 160
nVidia Geforce 9600GTs in SLI 313
ASUS EN9600GT Top/HTDI/512M 220
Palit Geforce 9600GT 512 221
MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E 345
MSI NX7950GX2-T2D1GE 315
MSI NX7900GTX-T2D512E 277
Gigabyte GV-NX76T256D-RH 213

At idle, the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard draws about as much power as the Radeon HD 4890. Being able to idle an entire system at 135W is a pretty good result, although the Gigabyte Geforce 260 manages to squeak past at a mere 112W.

Under load the ASUS ENGTX260 isn't quite as elegant, drawing significantly more power than all of the AMD R700-based GPUs, as well as sucking up more wattage than both Gigabyte and Sparkle's Geforce GTX 260 graphics cards.

The majority of spikes in the above power draw chart indicate dual videocard SLI or Crossfire test situations, modern videocards have become a lot more power efficient thanks largely to die shrinks and optimization. ASUS' ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A videocard itself will require two 6-pin auxiliary SLI power connectors, but when stressed the total power draw doesn't break 300 Watts.

Prelude to Benchmarks:

The details of how the ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3-A 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:

ASUS ENGTX260 MT/HTDI/896MD3
Gigabyte GV-N26OC896H-GA
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 & 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: 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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