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GeForce 9600 GT/GTS 250/GTX 260 Non-Reference Roundup

Asus ENGTS250 Dark Knight 1G, Cont’d

The card sports a standard dual-DVI output configuration, along with a composite video output. All of the usual output options are covered with included adapters.

The clock speeds here are similar to those of the reference card: 740 MHz on the core, 1,836 MHz on the shaders, and 1,100 MHz (2,200 MHz DDR) on the memory.


We overclocked the card using Asus’ bundled SmartDoctor utility. It’s a fairly standard utility with all the requisite settings we needed to get a good boost out of our ENGTS250 test sample.

The core overclock we achieved was very good for a GeForce GTS 250. We realized a 100 MHz increase on the core and 104 MHz from the shaders.

The memory also provided a reasonable boost, but it didn’t take us as far as we would have hoped. The highest stable memory clock we could achieve was 1,174 MHz (2,348 DDR).

(Ed.: it's worth noting here that you can achieve similar overclocking results, and set up custom profiles, using Nvidia's own System Tools with ESA support tool, found here)