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Asus ENGTX260 Matrix Review

ccokeman    -   May 26, 2009
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Specifications:

Graphics Engine

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260

Bus Standard

PCI Express 2.0

Video Memory

DDR3 896MB

Engine Clock

576 MHz

Shader Clock

1.242 GHz

Memory Clock

2.0 GHz ( 1.0 GHz DDR3 )

RAMDAC
400MHz

Memory Interface

448-bit

CRT Max Resolution   

2048 x 1536

DVI Max Resolution

2560x1600

D-Sub Output

Yes x 1 (via DVI to D

DVI Output

Yes x 2 (DVI-I)

HDMI Output

 Yes x 1 (via DVI to HDMI adaptor x 1 )

HDTV Output

(YPbPr)Yes

HDCP Support

Yes

TV Output 

Yes (YPbPr to S Video and Composite)

Adapter/Cable Bundled

1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
1 x DVI to HDMI adaptor
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x Power cable
1 x S/PDIF cable

Software Bundled 

ASUS Utilities & Driver

ASUS Features

Matrix Series

Note

The card size is 4.376 inches x 10.5 inches

Features:

  • Second Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture:i Second-generation architecture delivers 50% more gaming performance over the first generation through 240 enhanced processing cores that provide incredible shading horsepower.
  • NVIDIA PhysX-Ready: ii GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA PhysX technology enables a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.
  • NVIDIA SLI and 3-way SLI Technology:® iii Industry-leading, 3-way SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing 3-way alternate frame rendering (AFR) for the world’s fastest gaming solution under Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft DirectX 10 Support: DirectX 10 with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for today’s hottest games.
  • NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology: iv CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processing cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks—such as video transcoding—delivering up to 18× the performance of traditional CPUs.
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support: Designed for the PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
  • GigaThread™ Technology: Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next-generation shader programs.
  • NVIDIA Lumenex™ Engine: Delivers stunning image quality and floating-point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
  • 16× Anti-Aliasing Technology: Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16× sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
  • 128-bit Floating Point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting: Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.
  • OpenGL 2.1 Optimization and Support: Provides top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.
  • Dual Dual-link DVI Support: Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560 x 1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).v
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology:® vi The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
  • Discrete, Programmable Video Processor: NVIDIA PureVideo is a discrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that provides superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with 100% offload of H.264 video decoding from the CPU and significantly reduced power consumption.
  • Dual-Stream Hardware Acceleration: Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray movie experience.
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch: Dynamically provides post-processing and optimization of high definition movies for spectacular picture clarity.
  • NVIDIA HybridPower Technology: Lets you switch from the GeForce GTX 280/260 graphics card to the motherboard GeForce GPU when running non graphically-intensive applications for a quiet, low-power, PC experience.
    i. The number of processing cores varies by model. GeForce GTX 280 has 240 processing cores. GeForce GTX 260 has 192 processing cores.
    ii. GeForce GTX 280/260 GPUs ship with hardware support for NVIDIA PhysX technology. NVIDIA PhysX drivers are required to experience in-game GPU PhysX acceleration. Refer to www.nvidia.com/PhysX for more information.
    iii. NVIDIA SLI certified versions of GeForce PCI Express GPUs only. A GeForce GTX 280 GPU must be paired with another GeForce GTX 280 GPU (the graphics card manufacturer can be different). SLI requires sufficient system cooling and a compatible power supply. Visit www.slizone.com for more information and a listing of SLI-Certified components.
    iv. Requires application support for CUDA technology.
    v. Playback of HDCP protected content requires other HDCP-compatible components
    vi. Feature requires supported video software. Features may vary by product.
    vii. Requires an NVIDIA HybridPower-enabled motherboard.
  • Super Hybrid Engine: Multi-level GPU and Memory voltage adjustment for extreme power save and performance boost!
  • Hybrid Cooler+: Innovative Hybrid Cooler offering 2D silent cooling and 3D extreme cooling
  • iTracker: Intelligent hardware monitoring and adjustment application with preset profiles for easy user selection
  • Auto Phase Switch: Optimizing power supplied from Power Phase to provide maximum power efficiency!
  • Advanced Dynamic GPU loading Detection: More active protection against overheating by automatic fan speed adjustment via GPU loading when temperature increases

 

 

All information courtesy of ASUS @ http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=UcYfkNA6tbq7MmgQ&templete=2

 




  1. Intrduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifcations & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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