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Palit GTX 260 Sonic Review

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Now down to what we all have been waiting for. To test the Palit GTX 260 Sonic, we will be putting it through a series of benchmarks designed to push the card to its limits. Then to compare the performance of the Toxic edition to other current cards on the market we will place those scores against them and see where it stands. All hardware will be run at stock speeds, timings and voltage to avoid any errors in the scores. The nVidia cards will be run using driver version 181.22 and the ATI cards will be running the 9.1 Catalyst release.


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Palit GTX 260 216SP Sonic 729/1201/1480

With the custom cooling and pre overclocked status of this video card from Palit I was expecting a massive overclock. What I got was a decent overclock that fell a little short of the best clocks I have gotten on a GTX 260 216SP card. Don't get me wrong, this card clocks quite well for a factory overclocked video card. The first thing I did before pushing the clock speeds up was to increase the fan speed to 100% using Rivatuner 2.22. Once the cooling was as good as it was going to get, I started increasing the clock speeds at first to a level I thought would pass the testing and moved up from there, testing at each level for stability. The final clock speeds of 729MHz on the GPU core is an increase of 104MHz over the as-delivered clock speed on the Sonic card and 154MHz over the stock GTX 260. The memory clock speed I reached was 1201MHz and is 101MHz over the delivered speeds with the shader core speed increasing to 1480MHz from 1348MHz, a 132MHz jump. All three contributed to an increase in performance that can be represented as increased frames per second in games, more points per day with your favorite cuda enabled distributed computing project (Fold for team 12772) and a decrease in the time needed to transcode your favorite video and movies using applications like Badaboom. An increase in performance for nothing more than a time investment is always welcome and Palit has delivered a card with some headroom still left for the enthusiast to play with.


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