XFX GeForce GTX 260 (216) Black Edition

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HH Test System and 3DMark Vantage

HotHardware's Test Systems
Intel Powered


Hardware Used:
Core 2 Duo X6850 (3GHz)

Intel DX48BT2 (B)
(X48 Express)

Asus EN9800 GT Matrix
Radeon HD 4850
Asus EN8800GTX

2048MB Kingston DDR3-1333
(2 X 1GB)

Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Western Digital "Raptor" 74GB
(10,000RPM - SATA)


Relevant Software:

Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
DirectX June 2008 Redist

NVIDIA Forceware v180.48
ATI Catalyst v8.11

Benchmarks Used:
3DMark Vantage v1.0.1
Cryis:  Warhead
Unreal Tournament 3
Half Life 2: Episode 2*
FarCry 2

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming


3DMark Vantage

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which y isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10 though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's Default Settings





We're not surprised that the XFX GeForce GTX 260 topped all of the comparison graphics cards used in this mid-range round-up of reference numbers.  Scores are presented here as more as a frame of reference than an apples-to-apples comparison.  In overall performance, the XFX GeForce GTX 260 trumped all of the other models by hefty margins and was the only card to come close to 12000 3DMarks.  In the GPU 1 and 2 tests, the framerates were approximately 3FPS higher than the ATI Radeon 4870. 


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