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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   J. Apong  
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Gigabyte's pre-overclocked GTX260 Weighs in

There's a lot to love about nVidia's 'GT200' GPU architecture. As PCSTATS discovered in the Sparkle GTX260 review, these videocards have consistently delivered solid performance in pretty much every benchmark. When paired with an appropriate CPU and motherboard, it's possible to play pretty much any 3D/FPS game on the market at 1920x1200 resolution and expect smooth framerates.

Gigabyte has taken this a step further with the GV-N260C896H-GA, by factory overclocking the GPU and shaders. Increasing the core clock from 578MHz up to 630MHz, and taking the shader clock from 1296MHz to 1360MHz has pushed the performance of the Geforce GTX 260 even closer to that of the Radeon HD 4890, even exceeding it in certain benchmarks like 3DMark.

Of course, PCSTATS wasn't content to settle for just factory overclocking, and cranked the core clock speed up to 704MHz, and the memory clock up to 1222MHz in its own overclocking tests.

While there wasn't any official benchmarking done at these speeds, the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Even with its factory overclocks, the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard actually drew less power under load than stock-clocked Geforce GTX 260 videocards. It's heat and noise levels also stayed impressively low during testing, only ramping up to their maximums during boot-up.

In addition to the pre-overclocking, Gigabyte has thrown in a copy of Far Cry 2 with the GV-N260C896H-GA graphics card. For anyone that hasn't played Far Cry 2, this is a pretty solid title, and it has a pretty comprehensive benchmarking tool built into it tpo.

The Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA videocard is ideal for those looking to create a upper-range computer system that focuses on the best performance-to-price ratio. For those that have nVidia-friendly chipsets, it can also be part of an SLI upgrade. Getting all of this for around $250 CDN ($225 USD, £140 GBP) is an excellent value. If you're still clunking through the latest game titles on an old beater of a PCI Express x16 videocard, it's time for you to consider an upgrade like the Gigabyte GV-N260C896H-GA Geforce GTX260 videocard!

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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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