XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition

Introduction and Product Specifications

When first evaluated in June of 2008, we concluded that the GeForce GTX 260 and 280 series offered the most raw power of any gaming graphics cards available at that time.  This premium performance, however, came with a hefty price tag, making these models too costly to justify for some folks.  A week after their introduction, ATI unveiled the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 which proved to be decent competitors to the GeForce GTX 260 while attempting to steal NVIDIA's thunder with a lower price as well.  Not to be outdone, NVIDIA quickly followed up by introducing price cuts of their own and upping the ante further with their next iteration of GTX 260, dubbed the GeForce GTX 260 (216).  The GeForce GTX 260 (216) bumped up the stream processor count from 192 to 216, giving it a performance edge over competitive Radeon offerings.  In typical fashion, NVIDIA was ready for the fight. 

Today, we're going to take a look at an XFX version of the GTX 260 (Core 216) with their XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition.  The Black Editon takes the GeForce 260 (216) reference design to the next level by giving the GPU and Memory speeds a significant boost for added performance potential.  Along with its complete retail package, the XFX version of the GTX 260 (Core 216) is clearly out to make an impression, and from what we've seen, they are off to a good start.

XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition
Specifications and Features
Processor Cores:  192
Graphics Clock (MHz):  666 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz):  1440 MHz

Memory Clock (MHz):  2300 MHz
Standard Memory Config:  896 MB
Memory Interface Width:  448-bit

Feature Support
NVIDIA SLI®-ready-2-way/3-Way
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology-HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
HybridPower™ Technology
GeForce Boost    
Microsoft DirectX 10
OpenGL 2.1
Bus Support:  PCI-E 2.0 x16
Certified for Windows Vista    yes
Display Support
Maximum Digital Resolution:  2560x1600
Maximum VGA Resolution:  2048x1536
Standard Display Connectors:  Dual-Link DVI
HDMI-Via adapter
Audio Input for HDMI-SPDIF

Standard Graphics Card Dimensions
Height:  4.376 inches (111 mm)
Length:  10.5 inches (267 mm)
Width:  Dual-slot

Thermal and Power Specs
Maximum GPU Tempurature (in C):  105
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W):  182
Minimum System Power Requirement (W):  500
Supplementary Power Connectors: 6-pin x2

The XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition comes with as complete a retail bundle as we've seen.  With respect to hardware, the XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition is delivered with complimentary 6 Pin PCI-Express power adapter, DVI-to-VGA adapter, DVI-to-HDMI adapter, HDTV Component Adapter and SPDIF cable.  The package also came with an installation CD and complimentary Assassin's Creed gaming title with FarCry 2 also available through Steam. 

The package also came with a Quick Installation Guide, a Tips and Techniques document which offers suggestions to follow during installation and a Black Edition Membership overview.  The XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition qualifies buyers for a free Black Edition Membership which offers registrants several benefits including Priority Technical Support, Special Case Badge, Personalized Black Edition Membership Card, Members-Only Product Offers and Invitations to Members-Only Special Events.  For more details, click here. (Note:  the address listed on the card is www.BlackEdition.XFXforce.com, which returned a bad hostname request unfortunately).

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