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EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Review - Page 3 of 10

THE COMPETITION

The performance of the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked was compared to a reference graphics card that uses NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 280. The GeForce GTX 280 is currently NVIDIA's most powerful GPU.

The Competition - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280

Here is a photograph of the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked installed in the test system.

Graphics Card Installed
Please click to enlarge.

Note that the GeForce GTX 260 requires two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. NVIDIA recommends power connectors that are native to the power supply, although EVGA includes a couple of 6-pin adapters as accessories.

External Power Connectors
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TEST SYSTEM

No major upgrades have been made to my test system, which has been in use for the past 6 months.

Hardware and Operating System

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 - 3.0GHz Wolfdale Core - 6MB L2 Cache - 1333MHz FSB
  • BFG nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
  • 4GB Corsair XMS PC8500 DDR2 SDRAM 5-5-5-18-2T @ 400MHz
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
  • Thermaltake ToughPower 1200W Power Supply
  • Dell 3007WFP LCD Monitor
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 / DirectX 9.0c
  • Windows Vista 64-bit with Service Pack 1 / DirectX 10

Graphics Cards, Drivers, and Driver Settings

  • EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition - 626MHz Core / 1350MHz Shader / 1053MHz Memory (2106MHz Effective)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 - 602MHz Core / 1296MHz Shader / 1107MHz Memory (2214MHz Effective)
  • ForceWare Beta 177.92
  • 32-Bit Color
  • Vsync Disabled
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • High Quality Texture Filtering
  • Gamma Correct Antialiasing

Test Applications

  • Call of Duty 4 - Custom Timedemo
  • Crysis - Demo Island and Gameplay
  • Oblivion - Gameplay
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Custom Timedemo and Gameplay
  • Unreal Tournament 3 - Custom Timedemo and Gameplay

Notes

  • Antialiasing was set to "Override any application setting" in the driver for Oblivion and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Anisotropic filtering was forced to 8x in the driver for Oblivion.

Next Page: Game Performance at 1680x1050

Last Updated on October 23, 2008


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