Zotac GTX 260²

Conclusion

Conclusion

Zotac GTX260Nvidia's second revision 260 core and ATI's 1gb 4870 really couldn't get much closer. In some games, the frame rate difference was simply too close to call, with tenths of a frame in it. Unfortunately for ATI, the card we tested came pre-overclocked, so squeezing any extra juice out of that will be pretty fruitless. The GTX260 on the other hand had quite a lot of headroom, and the extra clocks enabled it to beat the 4870 hands down in most of the games tested.

Based on the card alone, it seems Nvidia/Zotac have won this round. To better this, if you're not satisfied by the gaming results, there is also CUDA and PhysX to consider. This may be of particular interest to folders. Although we didn't have a chance to get any meaningful data comparison, a quick search on the web will show you just how powerful and fast these things are at folding, especially compared the the 4870 and other ATI cards. All in all, we are very impressed with todays results, and the card is avaliable for £222.39 from Yoyotech, making it a very tempting upgrade for avid gamers and folders alike.


The Good
+ Very fast in all our test games.
+ Responds well to overclocking
+ Matches or out-paces an overclocked 4870 in our test games
+ Far Cry 2 Included in the Box
+ Extended Warranty

The Mediocre

* Fairly hot running

The Bad
- Zilch

Overclock3D Editors Choice

Overclock3D would like to thank Zotac for supplying todays review sample.
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Most Recent Comments

20-01-2009, 15:18:33

meh
Nice read =)

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

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.Quote

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 :')Quote

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.Quote

20-01-2009, 15:38:43

monkey7
You've got a point there Quote
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