Zotac GTX 260²

Packaging, Bundle & The Card

Packaging and Bundle

Although we've have had no previous experiences with Zotac's packaging skills, upon first inspection they seem to be rather good. Unfortunately it would appear some Christmas elves had slapped a large label on the back of the packaging, covering most of it. For that reason we only photographed the front of the packaging.

Zotac GTX260 Packaging

As you can see, Zotac have decided to cover a large amount of the box with a graphic, then have the company logo in the top left and product name down the bottom. The key specs are listed down the right, and a small, almost triangular sticker has been placed on the left informing you of the bundled Far Cry 2 Game.
 
Zotac GTX260 Packaging Zotac GTX260 Packaging

Inside the outer box we have an inner white box. This is filled with some foam padding that hugs the card. There is a cut out in the padding which encloses all the bundled leads and cables with all the leaflets and disks laid on top of the card itself. Included in the box we have the usual bits and pieces; HDTV adaptors, 2x Molex to 6-Pin PCI-E adaptors, A users guide, driver disk, warranty slip and a DVI to HDMI adaptor.
 
Zotac GTX260 Zotac GTX260 Graphic

As you can see Zotac have chosen the replicate the graphic from the front of the box onto the top of the card. The card itself uses the stock Nvidia cooling, however this is very weighty and feels of good quality, so should keep the card well within acceptable operating temperatures. From a connection point of view, we have the standard dual link DVI connections along with a TV-Out port.
 
Zotac GTX 260 Power Connectors. GTX 260 SLI headers

At the back of the card we have two 6-pin PCI-E connectors an audio connector. This means the card can act as a pass-through for audio when connected using HDMI, cutting down on cable clutter. At the front we have two SLI bridge connectors, meaning this card can be used in Tri-Sli configuration with supported motherboards.
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20-01-2009, 15:10:17

Luigi
Looking for a new graphics card around the 200 mark? Zotac may have just the thing for you, with great clocking and briliant performance.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...110031969s.jpg

Read on here.

20-01-2009, 15:18:33

meh
Nice read =)

Any particular reason for the exclusion of cost-per-frame?

20-01-2009, 15:20:36

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='meh'
Nice read =)

Any particular reason for the exclusion of cost-per-frame?
Its not been done on a few of the recent articles.. It works best with cards which are far apart in cost, so you can compare them on a even playing field, but since these cards are so close it would take up a lot of graph space for not a lot of useful information..

If there are any in particular you would like to know I can rustle up a graph.

20-01-2009, 15:25:58

monkey7
I think this is exactly where the cost per frame comes into play. The choice between a midrange and highend card based on price isn't hard anyway, but here it's starting to be tough.

Nice review btw :')

20-01-2009, 15:37:50

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
I think this is exactly where the cost per frame comes into play. The choice between a midrange and highend card based on price isn't hard anyway, but here it's starting to be tough.

Nice review btw :')
Thanks dude.. what im trying to say is, the cards are apart, people looking to buy 2 cards of that price point, aren't going to be put off by one costing 1.50 more or something silly, it will be solely down to performance.

20-01-2009, 15:38:43

monkey7
You've got a point there

20-01-2009, 18:45:39

VonBlade
I found it amusing that you open the article explaining the 4870 battered the 260 so you had to overclock it, then produced a ton of graphs that showed hardly a battering at all, even at stock. 4fps in Crysis and the difference between loads, and really loads, in Grid aren't exactly a watertight case for OC'ing the 260 lol. It was nice to see the results that you could achieve with overclocking though. Headroom is always good to have.

I'm still unconvinced by the benefits of the whole Cuda/Physx stuff. Certainly unbalances the Vantage-Mark though, which I'm sure is exactly what Nvidia wanted.

20-01-2009, 20:40:47

Bungral
Why is C3PO on the card and box????

21-01-2009, 04:52:38

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Why is C3PO on the card and box????
ROFL!

21-01-2009, 11:42:07

Rastalovich
Great stuff.

That card definately has a grudge with the HIS 4870 IceQ.

21-01-2009, 11:50:01

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
I found it amusing that you open the article explaining the 4870 battered the 260 so you had to overclock it, then produced a ton of graphs that showed hardly a battering at all, even at stock. 4fps in Crysis and the difference between loads, and really loads, in Grid aren't exactly a watertight case for OC'ing the 260 lol. It was nice to see the results that you could achieve with overclocking though. Headroom is always good to have.

I'm still unconvinced by the benefits of the whole Cuda/Physx stuff. Certainly unbalances the Vantage-Mark though, which I'm sure is exactly what Nvidia wanted.
Considering they are both at the same price point, 4fps in crysis is quite a lot, that could be 10% of your frame rate, possibly more.

Even so, on a level playing field with both cards overclocked, the 260 came out on top, and thats what the article was aimed at..

21-01-2009, 11:59:28

w3bbo
At 2560x1600 with 4xAA in Crysis is painfull to watch tbh - slideshow heaven so 4fps is indeed quite alot under certain conditions lol

21-01-2009, 12:11:15

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
Considering they are both at the same price point, 4fps in crysis is quite a lot, that could be 10% of your frame rate, possibly more.

Even so, on a level playing field with both cards overclocked, the 260 came out on top, and thats what the article was aimed at..
Perhaps I wasn't clear. It's a common problem I have. Either that or I've misread your reply which is equally common.

I was trying to suggest that the only tests the 4870 came out on top over the standard 260 is the Crysis and Grid tests. Therefore to use battering as an adjective was a little over the top especially as the 260 won in the other tests even at stock. Once the 260 had been overclocked it totally blew the 4870 away, so that isn't strictly a level playing field, despite the fiscal equality.

By no means am I complaining, or anything of the sort. It's purely a lighthearted little something that made me smile. No defense necessary

21-01-2009, 14:49:58

Rastalovich
If u think something needs asking about or debating about a review or opinion, u should feel free to bring it up.

Personally I wanna know what the fudge monitor w3bbo is using !

21-01-2009, 14:51:26

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Perhaps I wasn't clear. It's a common problem I have. Either that or I've misread your reply which is equally common.

I was trying to suggest that the only tests the 4870 came out on top over the standard 260 is the Crysis and Grid tests. Therefore to use battering as an adjective was a little over the top especially as the 260 won in the other tests even at stock. Once the 260 had been overclocked it totally blew the 4870 away, so that isn't strictly a level playing field, despite the fiscal equality.

By no means am I complaining, or anything of the sort. It's purely a lighthearted little something that made me smile. No defense necessary
I think I get you, and agreed battering may not have been the best word, but it did beat it across all the tests...

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
If u think something needs asking about or debating about a review or opinion, u should feel free to bring it up.
Agreed, and feel free to discuss.,

24-01-2009, 10:36:49

Trollgaard
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
At 2560x1600 with 4xAA in Crysis is painfull to watch tbh - slideshow heaven so 4fps is indeed quite alot under certain conditions lol
Agreed. But in that case I would go down on the resolution instead of getting those 4 ekstra fps. If I was playing that is. 4fps is alot if you want to admire pixelart

24-01-2009, 10:41:36

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
If u think something needs asking about or debating about a review or opinion, u should feel free to bring it up.

Personally I wanna know what the fudge monitor w3bbo is using !
Dell 3007 WFP-HC m8. Not much point in having the best GPU's around if you aint gonna push em to their limits

24-01-2009, 10:42:51

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Trollgaard'
Agreed. But in that case I would go down on the resolution instead of getting those 4 ekstra fps. If I was playing that is. 4fps is alot if you want to admire pixelart
I tend to drop the AA in preference to res.

24-01-2009, 12:04:28

Trollgaard
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
I tend to drop the AA in preference to res.
That is the best option indeed.

25-01-2009, 08:34:27

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Dell 3007 WFP-HC m8.
*drools*

25-01-2009, 08:52:34

Trollgaard
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
*drools*
And for those that haven't seen it. -->DROOOOL!<--

26-01-2009, 15:58:53

w3bbo
It is a very nice screen and certainly the pride of my setup. I guess when you get a screen of that size and quality there is little need to upgrade again so while it's expensive at first, it's more of an investment for the longterm. When you consider I do a major upgrade of high end GPU's and CPU's every 6 months or so, it actually works out rather cheap!

26-01-2009, 16:14:08

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
It is a very nice screen and certainly the pride of my setup. I guess when you get a screen of that size and quality there is little need to upgrade again so while it's expensive at first, it's more of an investment for the longterm. When you consider I do a major upgrade of high end GPU's and CPU's every 6 months or so, it actually works out rather cheap!
Cries 6months? takes me a year to save up for something and by then its out of date :P

26-01-2009, 16:22:04

w3bbo
I find knowing when to buy and when to sell helps damage limitation. It also helps snapping up bargains (280GTX for 150 4 months ago anybody? ) using them and then selling on for a profit near the end of it's 'life'.

26-01-2009, 16:24:56

Luigi
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
I find knowing when to buy and when to sell helps damage limitation. It also helps snapping up bargains (280GTX for 150 4 months ago anybody? ) using them and then selling on for a profit near the end of it's 'life'.
150? I found 250 cheap! was this new?

26-01-2009, 16:29:06

w3bbo
No, 2nd hand.

26-01-2009, 16:36:30

Trollgaard
Annoying... I can't find it in any Norwegian stores... Just the 3008wfp which has got the new design on the foot. I like the old version better. Too square for me. But I'm seriously considering to blow off some money on the 2408wfp. I have no need for 30" at the moment.
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