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XFX GTX260 XXX SLI Review

Zertz    -   December 12, 2008
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Testing:

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set 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 pair of XXX cards from XFX compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. I will be using both single and multiple GPU models to compare the performance of the XXX GTX260s from XFX. 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. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to 177.79 for the Nvidia cards and Catalyst 8.8 for the ATI video cards used in this review. The exception being the Far Cry 2 testing where the nVidia Driver used is 180.43 and the ATI driver is the FarCry Hotfix driver.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • XFX GTX260 XXX SLI 732/1233/1559
  • Q9450 400x8

To show the XXX GTX260s overclocked above their stock setting will not result in a really measurable performance increase in the tested resolutions. Part of that reason is that the games will be CPU bound by the capable Q9450. At 2.66GHz it just does not have the power to show what these cards are capable of. For that reason I will deviate slightly from my normal testing regimen and bump the processor to 3.2GHz, the equivalent speed of the Core 2 Extreme 9770 for just a little bit of additional power to see what the XFX GTX260 XXX cards have when overclocked and run in an SLI configuration. For overclocked cards they still have a little bit more headroom available for the overclocker and gaming enthusiast. This headroom comes in the way of almost another 100MHz on the GPU cores and almost 75MHz on the memory. Both of these are pretty significant increases over the factory overclock as well as the factory stock numbers before XFX put the screws to them. The bump in CPU speed as well as the overclock on the cards made for some significant increases in performance. In World in Conflict at 1920x1200 there was an increase of 9 FPS, FarCry 2 saw 14 FPS over the stock speeds on the CPU and GPU cores. The performance increase in WIC is almost 20%, in FarCry 2 a 15% bonus in performance is there for the taking. If you are an overclocker you will definitely need to put some additional clock speeds to work to get the most from these cards. They do well without it but the additional power sure makes a difference.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Far Cry 2
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & 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: Far Cry 2
  12. Testing: Company of Heroes - Opposing Fronts
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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