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Closer Look:

This GTX260 is kept cool, if that is possible at all, by nVidia's reference design. Even though this an overclocked version, there is absolutely no way to differentiate it from other models since the sticker covering the cooler is the same. Perhaps a little customization would have been nice to see, although it's not like you have to stare at them all day long, plus it still looks pretty good. The whole card is covered by the housing from top to bottom, which keeps it safe from any damage that could occur.




On the front side, this GTX260 has a pair of dual-link DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, which can be converted to component using the bundled adapter. Nothing out of the ordinary here, but the majority of people only use a single DVI port anyway. The back side of the card is relatively boring with nothing in particular to show, it has an opening to let cool air come in. Since a lot of people have a fan blowing toward the video card, it really helps keep the temperature of those 1.2 billion transistors under control.



The SLI connectors are hidden and protected by a plastic cover that can simply be clipped off. Since there is a pair of them, you can make three of those work together in a Tri-SLI capable motherboard - either 790i or X58 chipsets. The card is powered by two 6-pin PCI-E connectors, which are located on the side. Users with short cases will enjoy this solution, however it can make routing cables a bit awkward. Finally, that small connector on the right is the audio pass-through so that the card can output sound using the supplied SPDIF cable and a DVI to HDMI adapter.



It is now time to get XFX's GTX260 ready for testing.

  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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