ASUS ENGTX260 TOP 896MB (NVIDIA GTX260)

Introduction & Specifications

Introduction & Specs
 
GTX260 CoreBack in the middle of June, NVIDIA released their highly anticipated GTX200 series GPU's. With a 65nm manufacture process and a whopping 1.4 billion transistor count, the flagship GTX280, as reviewed by Overclock3D, was without doubt one of the most technically advanced GPU's we'd seen in quite some time. However, despite the rather large jump in performance from the previous generation 8800GTX /9800GTX cards, it still didn't quite have enough grunt to take on the dual-GPU monster known as the 9800GX2. This, combined with the rather eye watering £420 price tag attached to the GTX280, hasn't given people much incentive to upgrade.
 
At the same time, one card which didn't receive quite so much attention as the GTX280 was the GTX260. Essentially a cut-down version of the 280 aimed at the enthusiast not willing to re-mortgage their home or sell several vital organs in order to increase their framerate, the GTX260 was designed as a preemptive strike to the more affordable next generation GPU's from AMD.
 
ASUS ENGTX260 TOPWith a slightly smaller frame buffer (896mb vs 1024mb), slower core (575mhz vs 602mhz), slower memory (2.0GHz vs 2.2GHz), lower shader unit count (192 vs 240) and a slower shader clock (1250MHz vs 1300MHz), the GTX260 does sound slightly crippled in comparison to its bigger brother. However, with a RRP almost £100 less than the GTX280, the 260 is a prime candidate for NVIDIA AIB's who want to offer their end users premium performance at a reasonable price point by means of overclocking. ASUS are one of these AIB's and today we'll be taking a look at their heavily overclocked GTX260 "TOP" edition card.
 
 
Specifications
 
Keeping in mind the aforementioned figures, we can see from the table on the left that ASUS have performed some serious overclocking of their GTX260 "TOP" card. Firstly, the core clock speed has been increased by a very decent 75mhz, taking it higher than the stock clock for the GTX280. The same can also be said for the shader and memory clocks, with each once again being raised above that of the GTX280.
 
Obviously there are certain hardware aspects of the cards that ASUS cannot change, such as the Memory bus and number of shader units, so it will certainly be interesting to see how these hold back the card when placed head-to-head with a GTX280.
 
However, before we get down to the nittly gritty, let's take a look at the ASUS ENGTX260 in all its glory...
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08-07-2008, 16:36:28

JN
"With a nice factory overclock and some cammo decals, how does thet ASUS ENGTX260 TOP compare to its bigger brother the GTX280"

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...125901312s.jpg

ASUS ENGTX260 TOP 896MB Review

08-07-2008, 16:49:32

Mr. Smith
Not bad, 280/260 still look lame compared to the gx2...

08-07-2008, 16:52:00

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Not bad, 280/260 still look lame compared to the gx2...
Yeah it still rules the roost. Not sure if you've seen recently though but they are dropping off retailers sites like dead flies.

08-07-2008, 16:55:08

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Yeah it still rules the roost. Not sure if you've seen recently though but they are dropping off retailers sites like dead flies.
Really? Not fussed, guess my resale value will be 1/4 of what I paid come '09 lol. If you hook me up with that 790 I might sli some for the craic... No. Resist. Well, for the right price, course I'd need a new psu too

Oh, nice to the point review!

Edit: Actually - I'm going to have to call you on the conclusion

While the GTX280 may still be the star of the show when it comes to performance

Now that just ain't true is it padre? GX2 is king

08-07-2008, 16:59:03

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'

Edit: Actually - I'm going to have to call you on the conclusion Now that just ain't true is it padre? GX2 is king
Give NVIDIA a call and ask them about the GX2...the response will be "WTF is a 9800GX2...we never made that. Look, check out (insert retailer), nothing there is there...eh...eh? Get with the times man and buy a GTX280 FTW!"

GX2 has been wiped off the face of the earth dude

08-07-2008, 17:07:25

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Give NVIDIA a call and ask them about the GX2...the response will be "WTF is a 9800GX2...we never made that. Look, check out (insert retailer), nothing there is there...eh...eh? Get with the times man and buy a GTX280 FTW!"

GX2 has been wiped off the face of the earth dude
Well, whatever. My Dad would batter your Dad so stfu nublet lmfao.

Look, you can't argue with your pretty graphs can you? GX2 outperforms the 280. I believe the word you are looking for is pwnt.

08-07-2008, 17:10:10

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
Well, whatever. My Dad would batter your Dad so stfu nublet lmfao.

Look, you can't argue with your pretty graphs can you? GX2 outperforms the 280. I believe the word you are looking for is pwnt.
What type of batter are we talking about here? I've heard rumours that your dad is that way inclined.

08-07-2008, 17:14:11

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
What type of batter are we talking about here? I've heard rumours that your dad is that way inclined.
That type. Lets face it, your dad loves being on the receiving end of bukkake, my dad enjoys ejaculating hence why they are good mates.

Prob best for both of us this conversation ends here? Lets just agree I'm right? Cool. nn

08-07-2008, 17:17:40

Toxcity
Woah, weird thread! <----- Was a weird thread.

Nice review Jimbo, not too bad a card.

I love my 9800Gx2. You can see why Nvidia wants it gone.. they were hopeing the GTX 280 would beat it. So really they shot themselves in the foot.

08-07-2008, 17:20:34

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'
Woah, weird thread! <----- Was a weird thread.

Nice review Jimbo, not too bad a card.
Yeah...cleaning up Smithy's mess

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'

I love my 9800Gx2. You can see why Nvidia wants it gone.. they were hopeing the GTX 280 would beat it. So really they shot themselves in the foot.
Yeah deffo.

08-07-2008, 17:26:00

Mr. Smith
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Yeah...cleaning up Smithy's mess

Yeah deffo.
LOL! Jim you love it! Tox you do too... It's interesting nvidia are getting rid of the gx2... When more dx10 titles appear will the 280 then show its strength or is it a bit of a flop? You need to run more dx10 titles in future Mr. Napier. Now I really must go!

08-07-2008, 17:40:33

FarFarAway
Not keen on Nvidia this round really, the HD4850 is king of price performance but I want to see how the HD4870 does versus

08-07-2008, 17:50:51

w3bbo
I got a couple on the way next week (crosses fingers). Would still prefer to have the GX2's in Quad SLI - that setup just looked the dogs danglies tbh.

Gr8 review Jim as always.
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