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MSI N260GTX-T2D896 OC V3 Review



Testing will consist of running the card through the Overclockersclub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks to test the performance against many popular competitors to gauge its performance. The games used are some of todays popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where Physx will be disabled in the Nvidia control panel. Clock speeds on each card are left at the as delivered speeds.I will test the card at both stock speeds and then overclocked to see how much additional performance is available.


Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • MSI N260GTX OC V3 756/1224/1512

Overclocking this card from MSI was no more challenging than any other GTX 260 I have looked at. As a factory overclocked card I was expecting the head room left over to minimal. What I was able to get was a 101MHz increase on the CPU core,104MHz on the shader cores and 162MHz on the GDDR3 memory. Pretty decent for an air cooled card. The large 5 heatpipe cooler did wonders keeping the card cool but that did not translate into a massive increase in clock speed. When compared to the ASUS Matrix the clock speeds were similar on the core and memory but the MSI fell quite a bit short of the 1593 MHz shader clock the Matrix was able to reach. I reached the overclock I did using traditional overclocking methods increasing clock speeds then testing stability and moving higher. Although video cards are binned pretty closely, your results may vary from those I was able to reach.

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left 4 Dead
  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: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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