XFX GTX260 Black Edition Reviewccokeman - November 4, 2008
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So what makes the Black Edition GTX260(216) so special that you can belong to an exclusive group that gets priority technical support, a special case badge and special product offers, invitations to special events and more? Could it be the Limited status of the card? It could be the clock speeds of 666MHz on the GPU core, 1150 MHz on the 896MB of GDDR3 memory or the 1404MHz on the shader clocks. It could be the increase in the shader processing cores increasing to 216 from the standard 192. From the outside, the card looks just like all of the video cards from the 9800GTX on up. It's what's under the hood that's different. The only indication that this card is a little something special from the outside is the "Black Edition" moniker displayed on the front of the card.
Connectivity is pretty much unchanged from the standard GTX260. 2 Dual Link capable DVI ports that are HDMI capable with the correct and included adapter, as well as a 7-pin HDTV out port. The rear is also unchanged from the standard cards. The cut-out in the rear helps feed air to the fan, especially when you have three of these cards in an SLI or TRI SLI configuration.
The GTX260 (216) Black Edition card is capable of running in SLI mode with both standard 192 core and 216 core GTX260 models. Nvidia and XFX have a cover installed over the SLI bridge connections on the card for that added bit of protection.
The power requirements of the "Black Edition" GTX260 from XFX still do not warrant the need for an 8-pin power connection to feed the card. It is rated at the same 182 watts at maximum load that the standard GTX 260 uses. The small socket next to the power connections is the D/PDIF sound input from the motherboard, so that the high definition video can be carried out to the display device (television). The included DVI to HDMI adapter allows for that signal to be carried via the HDMI interface.