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EVGA GTX 260 FTW Edition Review

ccokeman    -   July 7, 2008


Testing:

At OverclockersClub, we use a series of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the EVGA GTX 260 FTW Edition compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market.  All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU, in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is done with the default settings in the respective Control Panels, as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test.

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • EVGA GTX 260 762/1208/1606MHz

With a factory overclocked video card there is usually not too much left on the table for the enthusiast to gain on top of the speeds the manufacturer has pulled from the silicon. The stock (If you can call it that) speeds of the FTW edition GTX 260 are 666MHz on the GPU core and 1107MHz on the memory. These "Factory Overclocked" speeds are already 90 and 107 MHz higher than the "stock" specifications. It looks as though EVGA left a little on the table when it came to the clock speeds. I was able to ratchet the GPU core up another 96MHz and the memory another 101MHz. This brings the total overclock from the stock settings on the GPU core to 186MHz and 208MHz on the GDDR3 memory. Both of these clock speed increases are huge. By comparison, I was only able to pull 110MHz out of the GPU core and 147MHz out of the memory on the GTX280 I recently reviewed. I guess the EVGA GTX 260 earned its FTW wings today!

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ( Video Card)
  3. Configuration: (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Crysis
  7. Testing: Knights of the Sea
  8. Testing: Bioshock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty 4
  10. Testing: World in Conflict
  11. Testing: Call of Juarez
  12. Testing: Company of Heros Opposing Fronts
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Extras: CUDA, F@H, Video Transcoding
  15. Conclusion
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