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.
3DMark shows us that the new GTX260 can easily keep pace with its bigger brother, the GTX280. Despite losing out once the resolution is increased, the GTX260 does put in a very respectable showing. The Black Edition however, puts its older twin firmly in the shade by beating it by quite a margin. It should be pointed out that the Black Edition is using the very latest beta drivers and the other cards were using the latest drivers at the time of review. Normally the gap would not be so large but it is still very impressive nonetheless.
We saw similar results with Vantage, except this time the XFX GTX260 Black Edition was the clear winner. This is more than likely due to the recently incorporated PhysX driver, which does have a major effect on PhysX enabled games and benchmarks.
Let's see how the card fairs with some real world gaming...
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