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Asus ENGTX260 Matrix Review

ccokeman    -   May 26, 2009
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Testing:

Testing the ASUS ENGTX 260 Matrix will consist of running the card through the Overclockersclub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks to test the performance of the Matrix against many popular competitors to gauge its performance. The games used are some of todays popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where Physx will be disabled in the Nvidia control panel. Clock speeds on each card are left at the as delivered speeds.I will test the ASUS ENGTX 260 Matrix at both stock speeds and then overclocked to see how much additional performance is available.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • ASUS ENGTX 260 Matrix 754/1235/1593

There are several ways you can overclock the ASUS ENGTX 260 Matrix. You can use currently available tools like Riva Tuner, the controls in the control panel, or the iTracker software utility that ASUS has packaged with the Matrix. I used both Riva Tuner and iTracker to see which method would yield the best clock speeds. The Matrix starts of with the stock clock speeds of 576MHz on the core 999MHz on the GDDR3 memory and shader clocks of 1242MHz, pretty much standard fare. This in itself was a bit confusing. The first round I found the maximum stable clock speeds for the GPU, Memory and Shader cores. Then came the task of finding the best combination of clock speeds. After some trial and error I ended up with GPU clock speeds of 749MHz, memory clock speeds of 1237MHz and a Shader Clock speed of 1501MHz. All of these were pretty substantial improvements above the stock speeds the Matrix is delivered with. The second round I used the iTracker software. After a few failed attempts at increasing the clock speeds I went right to the voltage controls and started upping the voltage to reach higher clock speeds. I was only able to increase the clock speed on the GPU by an additioanl 5MHZ but the Shader clock speeds responded well to the voltage and gave up another 92MHz worth of clock speed, giving me final numbers of 754/1235/1593. These are the highest clock speeds I have ever gotten on a GTX 260-216sp card hands down. Fan speeds were kept constant at the 100% mark throughout the overclocked testing as the Matrix was not audible over the Scythe Kaze fans used on my heatsink.

 

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




  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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