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Which is the BEST GTX 260?

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December 10, 2008 6:38:03 PM

So as you know, there are many versions of the GTX 260 out. I was wondering, which GTX 260 do you guys think is the best? I WAS looking at a EVGA GTX 260 core 216 Superclocked but now I'm looking at the XFX GTX 260 core 216 black edition. Which GTX 260 version is the best? (not just saying between these two but overall?)

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December 10, 2008 7:12:28 PM

well i just bought leadtek gtx 260 extreme+ which is also 216 sp and factory overclocked a bit and its good. i think brand isnt the issue.. just go for what you like. imo.
December 10, 2008 7:20:47 PM

the main thing to worry about with the different brands is the warranty. I personally have EVGA for their lifetime warranty, factory overclock, and step-up program.
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2008 7:22:40 PM

GTX 260 Core 216 > GTX 260

The Core 216 models are faster than the standard GTX 260. It has more processing units. They are usually more expensive as well. If you can afford it though, or get a really good deal, go for the GTX 260 Core 216 model.

Brand wise, it doesn't really matter. They're basically all the same card with different decals and some minor tweaking to clock settings, etc. Take a look at the price, and match that with the actual listed clock speeds for the individual card. Get the one that gives you the best bang for your buck. Sometimes the "overclocked" versions cost quite a bit more, but really don't give a truly substantial increase in performance.

You can usually overclock them yourself anyways.
December 10, 2008 7:34:41 PM

The best GTX 260 is the XFX GTX 260 Black Edition.

Especially if you are uncomfortable overclocking your own card. This card is a beast. It will put out better numbers than a stock GTX 280 in many categories. It carries a double lifetime warranty, which means when you are tired with it and decide to sell it, the person you sell to will still have a lifetime warranty as well.

The downside to this card is the price. It is most likely one of the highest priced GTX 260. On the other hand, getting the performance of a GTX 280 without having to do any overclocking yourself for well under $100 less than a GTX 280 is a great buy to me.
December 10, 2008 7:46:57 PM

Yeah, the XFX GTX 260 Black Edition or the EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 FTW are both probably the best choices for the 260's. Both offer about the same amount of insane overclocking, and both have the best warranties, and they both cost about the same.
December 10, 2008 8:03:19 PM

The Best one is the cheapest one!!! That is usually an EVGA model and they are known for having an excellent warranty and of course there is the step program. Personally I wouldn't bother with the overclocked versions. Save yourself the money and just download rivatuner and overclock it your self. You shouldn't have any problem achieving the speeds of the factory overclocked versions.
a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2008 9:41:41 PM

^ +1
December 11, 2008 12:25:03 AM

yeah EVGA hands down. they have the lifetime warranty, 90-day step-up and excellent customer service (most likely the best with XFX close behind). get the stock clocked GTX 260-216 and push it to match the GTX 260-192 FTW edition speeds and your good to go taking down the GTX 280 for almost $200 less. i run GTX 260-216 SLI clocked at FTW speeds and temps never rise above 70C with 50% fan. so id say either EVGA** or XFX which ever you like and/or is the cheapest. if your like me you'll want cards that match your system color. like my XPS 630i has chassis lights and i turned them orange to match the EVGA GTX 260-216, BTW i changed all major parts of my XPS 630i from dell parts.
December 11, 2008 2:45:07 AM

jedi940 said:
The Best one is the cheapest one!!! That is usually an EVGA model and they are known for having an excellent warranty and of course there is the step program. Personally I wouldn't bother with the overclocked versions. Save yourself the money and just download rivatuner and overclock it your self. You shouldn't have any problem achieving the speeds of the factory overclocked versions.

XFX GTX260 c216 black at stock is 666mhz which is the fastest GTx260 available in the market now,talking about overclocking a stock gtx260?how far can you overclock it?At stock they are 576mhz,to get 666hmz you are talking about almost 100mhz overclock here unless you are not worry about overheating at all,i wouldnt bother overclock 100mhz to match XFX's (stock speed),BTW im using the XFX gtx260 black now,at 666mhz my gpu is idling around 40C-41C,you think you could get that temperature with 100mhz overclock?BTW I already got it to 720mhz and now idle temp is around 48C-50C.go ahead and overclock your 576mhz to 720mhz,really want to see whether your GPU can take that temperature at full load.
Point is I'm tired of people saying forget about the higher stock speed,cause I can always overclock to that speed,but at the same time you are forgetting I got the 666mhz gtx260 at stock,that's where I start not where I'll end up with,your point is like those people who got a E7200 processor saying forget about E8600 I can overclock to 3.3ghz which is the stock speed of E8600 or even 3.5-3.6Ghz,but neglecting the fact that people with E8600 dont aim for 3.3GHZ or even 3.6Ghz,they want something like 4.3-4.5 GHZ on air,and that's easily achivable with a bit of tweaking and a good aftermarket cooler,hell I got my i7 920 from 2.66Ghz to 3.8Ghz easily with 5 mins of tweaking :) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2008 9:37:19 AM

666 MHz isn't that cards stock speed, you can't confuse people like that, the card is factory overclocked to that speed and because of that it can only overclock a bit more up to maybe 678, whereas if you buy a 570 Mhz version you can easily get it up to around 620MHz.... and the XFX isn't the fastest, though it's definatley my favourite - LOVE XFX, the EVGA GTX 260 (216 core) SSC is clocked to 670 MHz
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2008 9:46:12 AM

tim924,
Just read the rest of your message, you're completely full of ****... stop claiming that your card is stock at 666Mhz it's already overclocked so that's not your starting point, even professional benchmarkers have only gotten that card to just under 680Mhz so theres no way you got it too 720Mhz, almost 60Mhz higher than the original overclock and you're telling people they can't overclock a stock one (which btw is 570Mhz not 576Mhz) by 100Mhz... and besides GPU's can handle much much higher themps than 50 degrees C
December 30, 2008 12:36:12 AM

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666 MHz isn't that cards stock speed, you can't confuse people like that, the card is factory overclocked to that speed and because of that it can only overclock a bit more up to maybe 678, whereas if you buy a 570 Mhz version you can easily get it up to around 620MHz.... and the XFX isn't the fastest, though it's definatley my favourite - LOVE XFX, the EVGA GTX 260 (216 core) SSC is clocked to 670 MHz

Dont be jealous of people casue you dont have one,anyways my GFX gtx260 black is running at 710mhz atm,and idl temperature is 44C,so where did your point of "only up to 670mhz" come from,and im pretty sure i can get it up to 730-750mhz range with a few degrees up.
Second of all what does "stock speed" means to you guys?But I just looked it up it means the clock speed you get straight out of box without any modification yourself,just like any cpu,for instance E8400 and E8600 are both core 2 duo CPUs base on same architecture,but just Intel design them to clock at 3.0ghz and 3.3ghz respectively,and btw when you buy it im pretty sure if you know what overclocking is tweaking it to 4.0ghz with both is pretty much doable,btw E8600 is just same like my GTX260 black in this situation,the factory decided to make this particular model run at faster clock than others which for my gtx260 in this case is 666mhz compared to most "e8400" (gtx260).so in short if the factory manufacture them at that speed that's stock clock for them,and what you would get is more overclocking headroom than other slower clocked gtx260,so like I said it's pretty much the same situation like E8400 Vs E8600,same series,but the higher clock one just noramlly can oc much higher.
P.S. next time if you dont own one of these cards or fully understand them,dont bias just to flame.period.
December 30, 2008 12:48:21 AM

Btw,One more point is that when you buy a 576mhz gtx260,if you overclock it to something like my GFX gtx260 black which is 666mhz fresh out of box,you will run into idle temp of 50s,agree?And my point is i can start 666mhz at around 43c-44c,so logically I can oc mine better than those 570mhz ones,I think any one with little computer logics will agree with this.So that's same as getting 666mhz at stock,get what I mean?Dont just flame people cause you read somewhere says 570mhz is the stock speed for 260mhz,that can only apply those those 570mhz models,the much higher OC ability is the things the word "stock" cant fool you,cause when you try to overclock a "570mhz" model to something like 700mhz or above you are more likely to run into heat problem than mine 666mhz one,that's the difference right there,so dont say you can overclock it to 666mhz and get it at a lower price,cause you are folling yourself when you say that.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2008 9:59:22 AM


Keep it up, looks like your doing a good job at convincing yourself.
a c 147 U Graphics card
December 30, 2008 1:23:44 PM

Forget the GTX 260 core 612..... EVGA now has the new 55nm GTX260 core 216... I sold my 8800GTS the other day and this is on order. We will see what happens with it. Hopefully it has cooler temps, uses less power, and clocks a little higher. Just thought I would throw that in there. I was up in the are between this and a 4870 1GB, but they don't have much for OC headroom.
December 31, 2008 6:10:33 PM

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tim924,
Just read the rest of your message, you're completely full of ****... stop claiming that your card is stock at 666Mhz it's already overclocked so that's not your starting point, even professional benchmarkers have only gotten that card to just under 680Mhz so theres no way you got it too 720Mhz, almost 60Mhz higher than the original overclock and you're telling people they can't overclock a stock one (which btw is 570Mhz not 576Mhz) by 100Mhz... and besides GPU's can handle much much higher themps than 50 degrees C


Dont know where your getting that professional benchmarkers are only getting this card to 680mhz. Overclock3d.net got theirs to 765mhz and i'v got my black edition sitting on 737mhz core, 2546mhz mem and 1530mhz shaders and it runs without getting hot, the fan doesnt even speed up to cool quicker.
Time to get your facts right before you tell people they are full of **it.
December 31, 2008 6:36:36 PM

I know. Cant wait for all the flaming to start again. If it beats the 4870x2 we'l just have ATI boys saying "just wait till the 5870 comes out"
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