EVGA GTX 260 FTW Edition Reviewccokeman - July 7, 2008
Much like its big brother the GTX 280, the EVGA GTX 260 FTW Edition is built upon the GT 200 core. This card is for use in a x16 PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 slot on the motherboard. The stock speeds for the FTW Edition model from EVGA are quite a bit higher than the stock GTX 260 specifications. The GPU core speed on the FTW edition is 666MHz versus the 576MHz stock setting, the memory is at 1107MHz versus 1000MHz on a 448 bit bus, and the shader clock takes a leap from 1296MHz to 1404MHz. The cooling solution is the standard reference cooler for the series and is a two-slot solution. Are the flames on the back end of the video card indicative of just how hot this card gets or is the performance smoking hot? Read on!
The connections available on the FTW GTX 260 include two dual link DVI connections as well as an HD video out port that can be used with the supplied dongle to connect to a composite video cable. Above the HD video port is an LED that changes color based on the power connections. Red means you just don't have the connectors in all the way or just didn't put them in. The rear view has the air intake for the cooling fan. This opening is needed when running this and the 9 series in SLI as the video cards are literally on top of each other and this is the only clean inlet. Across the top of the card are the power, HDMI sound and SLI connections.
The power connections are located on the top of the GTX 260. This makes installing the card in a case with marginal clearance a possibility since the power connections are located up top. The HDMI sound connection is right next to the front 6-pin power connection and is used when an HDMI to DVI converter is used to send HD audio along this connection. The SLI bridge connections are located in the standard location. You will note that there are two bridge connections on the GTX 260 instead of the usual one. This means that yes, this card as well as the GTX 280 are indeed Tri SLI capable for increased video card performance.