ASUS ENGTX260 TOP 896MB (NVIDIA GTX260)
3DMark05, 3DMark06 & 3DMark Vantage
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
Concentrating on just the GTX260, GTX280 and HD4850 for just one moment, we can see that all three cards are pretty evenly matched when it comes to 3DMark05 at the stock 1024x768 resolution with no anti-aliasing. However, as soon as the resolution is bumped up to 1900x1200, the results disperse with around 1000 points between the GTX280 and GTX260 and a further ~3000 points between the GTX260 and the HD4850.
3DMark06 sees the GTX260 almost side-by-side the dual-GPU 3850x2 in both the stock and 1900x1200 results. This is quite an interesting outcome considering that the 3850x2 is often one of the bottom three cards in our previous tests, so it will certainly be interesting to see if these scores translate to anything in the real game benches over the next few pages.
3DMark Vantage is a brand new application to the OC3D testing suite, and for this reason we were only able to test the cards currently in our possession. As we can see from the results above, even with the ASUS ENGTX260 TOP running at a higher clock and memory speed than the GTX280, it still can't compete with its wider memory bus and additional shader units.
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