ASUS ENGTX260 TOP 896MB (NVIDIA GTX260)

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
ASUS ENGTX260 TOPWhile the GTX280 may still be king of the latest gen when it comes to performance, ASUS have certainly closed the gap with the release of their pre-overclocked ENGTX260 TOP. Coming within only a few insignificant FPS in most games and showing good potential to take things even further with a bit of manual overclocking using nTune, the performance of the card is really quite stunning.
 
Shifting these FPS results over to our "Cost Per Frame" scale reveals that the ENGTX260, with its £220 retail price, does sit comfortably at the lower end of the scale, offering a good balance of performance to price. Ideally, we would have liked to place the card head-to-head with a pre-overclocked AMD HD4870 considering this card has been touted as its rival, but as supply of these cards is fairly thin on the ground for most AIB partners, this is something that is going to have to wait until a later date.
 
Everything else is pretty much what you'd expect from ASUS: a sturdy box with plenty of protection from clumsy couriers, added-value extras such as the mouse mat and CD wallet and all the other bits and bobs you need to get up and running. As mentioned earlier, the card does look slightly rancid in its camo attire and is most definitely subject to personal taste, but to be fair most of us probably won't see it once installed inside a PC. So we'll let ASUS have their fun just this once!
 
NVIDIA did a pretty good job with the stock cooling on the GTX200 series, and ASUS haven't seen any reason to change this. Under both idle and load conditions, the fan remains quiet and the GPU temperatures under control. Moving the fan slider past its stock setting of 40% does make things increasingly noisy, but at the same time gives extra headroom for further overclocking.
 
Overall a decent card with performance that can, in some games, come close to the results produced by a GTX280 thanks to ASUS' factory overclocked settings. While the card may be a bit more expensive than its AMD rival, the performance is there to back it up.
 
 
The Good
- Factory overclock gives performance not far off the GTX280.
- Price to Performance ratio is pretty well balanced.
- Mouse mat and CD wallet are a nice touch
 
The Bad
- No freebie games to get you started.
 
The Downright Ugly
- Camouflage is so 80's you crazy foools
 
 
 
Thanks to ASUS for providing the ENGTX260 TOP for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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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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