XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition

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The most notable characteristic of the XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition, aside from its Black Edition graphic, is its size.  While the GTX 2xx series may be powerful, they are huge as well.  The dual slot design measures 10.5" inches in length, which may be an issue for some.  Even when installed into a premium case such as the Thermaltake Tai Chi case, the card came precariously close to the hard drive connections, but it did ultimately clear them. 



With respect to clock speeds, XFX pushes the GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition to its upper limits.  The GPU is clocked at 666MHz, 90MHz over stock, while the 896MB of DDR3 memory runs at 1150MHz (2300DDR), whereas reference design is spec'd at 999MHz (1998DDR).  The Shader clock is also set measurably higher, at 1404MHz, whereas reference models typically run at 1242MHz.  While it's not uncommon for a manufacturer to offer an overclocked version of a graphics card, the XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition appears to be clocked fairly aggressively in our opinion.



From a features standpoint, the XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition supports everything you would expect from a GTX 260.  This model is equipped with two DVI ports which support a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 simultaneously across two monitors through Dual-Link Technology.  The card also supports PhysX and CUDA technology as well as HybridPower for pairing with integrated graphics.  The XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition is naturally SLI ready and requires two PCI-Express power supplies for proper operation.



For HDTV connectivity, the card can be connected through its HDTV port when married with the included HDTV component adapter or the card can connect via HDMI when using the DVI-to-HDMI adapter included in the bundle.

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Although this is now an old report, I thought it worth mentioning the XFX GTX260 (216) I have installed which is the non-Black edition.  This was purchased around April 2009.

I use the EVGA Precision software to bump the fan speed when under load.  I've overclocked the card to the following quite successfully (i.e. stable under load)

Core: 717MHz

Shader: 1473 MHz

Memory: 1133 MHz.

Under 95% GPU load on games, the fan is operating at 80% (reasonably loud) and temps remain at 72C, which for a GPU is fine.

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