ASUS ENGTX260 TOP 896MB (NVIDIA GTX260)

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance
 
ASUS graphics card packaging has always been quite elaborate, with boxes for cards such as the 9800GX2 being almost big enough to live in. However, ASUS have toned things down slightly this time, opting for a much more reasonably-sized box, complete with ASUS' female CGI character and a very 'NVIDIA' black and lime green theme.
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Front ASUS ENGTX260 Back
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Open ASUS ENGTX260 Inner Box
 
With the front of the box lacking in any real information, ASUS have opted to tuck away all of the card's features underneath a flap. This is not uncommon for ASUS, with all of their motherboards featuring this packaging design.
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Box Open ASUS ENGTX60 Card
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Accessories ASUS ENGTX260 Accessories
 
The inner box adds a luxury feel to the packaging, with each of the three compartments being constructed of black cardboard  and printed with a gold ASUS logo. Inside the accessories compartments you will find: A leather ASUS mouse mat, Leather CD pouch, Driver CD's, S-Video cable, Molex to PCI-E converter cable and a DVI to VGA converter block. Quite a decent collection of goodies for a mid-range card in all honesty.
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Card Top ASUS ENGTX260 Card Bottom
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Card Side ASUS ENGTX260 SLI
 
Erm...yeah, that was quite unexpected. ASUS have decided to decorate the top of the card entirely in a camouflage pattern with a picture of their sexy CGI female character taking up a considerable portion of the card.  In my opinion, this makes the card look quite awful (especially when compared to the subtleness of the stock NVIDIA cards), and could well drive away a large portion of potential buyers who don't want the inside of their PC's looking like an army training camp.
 
Thankfully, this pattern isn't continued on to the back of the card, so most users will only get a small glimpse of the camo attire from the side of the card when peering into their windowed cases. I just cant help but feel sorry for the upside-down-motherboard BTX case users though...
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Fan ASUS ENGTX260 Fan Vent
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Cooling ASUS ENGTX260 Cooling
 
The ENGTX260 features the same hybrid copper/aluminium cooler as seen previously on the GTX280. This works extremely well, managing to keep the card temperatures under control at all times with relatively low noise levels. Looking into the performance settings of the NVIDIA control panel, it seems that ASUS have set the fan speed at 40%. This can obviously be increased (recommended if overclocking), but things do get rather noisy as the speed approaches 100%.
 
ASUS ENGTX260 Power ASUS ENGTX260 Front
 
With two 6-Pin PCI-E connectors as opposed to the 1x6-Pin and 1x8-Pin configuration of the GTX280, the GTX260 does seem a little bit more friendly on the PSU and should hopefully be a more viable option for those of us who haven't forked out the cash for one of those 1kw monster PSU's.
 
Let's move on now and check out what system we're going to be using to test the card..
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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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