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i3DSpeed, August 2010

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (216sp) 896MB DDR3 (575/1240/2000 MHz)

Andrey Vorobiev; September 2, 2010.

On the example of XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216sp) 896MB DDR3 (575/1240/2000 MHz).

Price: Newegg, Amazon.


  • GPU: GeForce GTX 260 (GT200)
  • Memory: 896MB GDDR3 SDRAM in 14 Hynix chips on both sides of the PCB; 1200 (2400) MHz peak clock rate
  • Interface: PCIe x16
  • GPU clock rate (ROPs/Shaders): 575/1240 MHz (standard)
  • Memory clock rate, physical (effective): 1000 (2000) MHz (standard)
  • Bus width: 448-bit
  • Stream processors: 216
  • TMUs: 72 (BLF/TLF)
  • ROPs: 24
  • Size: 270x100x33 mm
  • PCB color: black
  • RAMDACs/TDMS: on the separate NVIO chip
  • Outputs: 2 x DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), TV-out (integrated into GPU)
  • Multi-GPU: Hardware SLI

This card can receive an audio stream from a sound card to transmit it via a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. If this feature is important for you, make sure the adapter is bundled.

This card has two 6-pin power connectors.

Maximum resolutions and frequencies:

  • 240 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • 2048 x 1536 x 32bit @ 85Hz Max - analog interface
  • 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz Max - digital interface (all Dual-Link DVIs)

MPEG2 playback (DVD-Video) was analyzed back in 2002 and little has changed since that time. Modern graphics cards do not load CPUs during video playback by more than 25%.

The HDTV review is available here.

We thank XFX for the provided graphics card.

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