Zotac GTX 260²


ZotacThe current graphics market leaves consumers with quite a lot to think about. There seems to be no end of cards placed in the £100-£200 price bracket, which seems to be where all the action is. All this makes it incredibly difficult to know which card to buy, and today we will be looking at the upper end of this scale, hoping to resolve a few things.

Zotac are a fairly new name ‘on the scene’, and as such we have never reviewed a Zotac product before. Here is a little bit more about the company:

ZOTAC International (MCO) Limited was established in 2006 with a mission to deliver superb quality of NVIDIA graphic solutions to the industry. It has strong backup from parent group, PC Partner Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong, factory in Mainland China and regional sales offices in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. The support ZOTAC provides is currently the largest of its kind around the world.
With 40 SMT lines, 6,000 workers and 100,000 square-feet meter, ZOTAC features a full array of state-of-the-art facilities and machineries. In addition, ZOTAC has over 130 R&D professionals in Hong Kong, China and warranty and service center in strategic countries to enable effective and efficient worldwide as well as localized sales and marketing supports.

As you can see, they clearly mean business. Whilst they may be the new kids on the block, they’re certainly not small or feeble, with a vast range of staff and a large headquarters.

So, what about the card itself? Today we will be looking at the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 260² card, which uses the newer 216 ‘Core’ Nvidia GPU technology. Here are the full specifications:

Bus Type: PCI Express 2.0 (Backwards compatible with PCI Express)
Memory: 896MB GDDR3
Core Clock: 576MHz
Shader Clock: 1242MHz
Memory Data Rate: 1998MHz
Processor Cores: 216
Shader Model: 4.0
Texture Fill Rate: 36.9 Billion/sec.
Memory Interface: 448-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 111.9GB/sec.
Display Connectors: 2 Dual-Link DVI-I, HDTV + TV Out
Card Dimensions: 266.7mm x 95.3mm x 38.1mm
Warranty: 2 Year

Although the card isn’t pre-overclocked, it does come with a 2 year warranty as opposed to the standard one year. Now lets take a look at the card itself…