BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC review

  • £130

This GeForce card can really squeeze out the pixels

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Our Verdict

Still an excellent value card and every bit as worthy as a comparable AMD one

For

  • High res performance
  • Quiet running

Against

  • Outdone by AMD in some benches
  • Watch out for 192 shader versions

You should be aware by now that there are two versions of the GeForce GTX 260 kicking around, with little to differentiate them from each other in terms of nomenclature. For some reason this one has to be called the 'GTX 260 OC'.

The original, which was long phased out but still on sale in some quarters, has just 192 stream shaders in its core, the later revision enabled another quad and took that total to 216. Otherwise, they're more or less the same GPU.

The performance difference is considerable, though, so do avoid the earlier model if you can. Needless to say, this is one of the more powerful cards.

Build-wise, the 260 is the same size as the 275, which is just another way of saying 'gigantic'. It's certainly big enough that it's worth making sure your case and motherboard can accommodate its 26cm length without interfering with SATA ports or internal struts, as has been known to happen in the past.

It's not a noisy card though, and the huge heatsink does a good job of dissipating heat without too much fuss.

When it comes to the benchmarks, the 260 fits neatly into the very small gap between the 1GB Radeon HD4870 and the Radeon HD4890. It runs away with both AMD cards in some tests, and is the worst of the three in others.

Unless you have a predilection for either vendor, you're going to be happy with any one of these cards running at high res and image settings. And given that the price of this is identical to the Toxic HD4870, it comes down to superficial preferences. We're opting for the Sapphire card purely because it looks better, but the choice is yours.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset Model260
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameBfg Tech
Standard Memory896 MB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.0
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width448 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
RAMDAC Speed400 MHz
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DVI Outputs2
Height38.1 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR3 SDRAM
Length266.7 mm
ManufacturerBfg Technologies, Inc
Memory Speed1998 MHz
Product ModelBFGRGTX260896OCE
Product NameBFGRGTX260896OCE GeForce GTX 260 OC Graphics Card
Manufacturer Part NumberBFGRGTX260896OCE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.bfgtech.com
Marketing Information

The BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC Graphics Card is overclocked out-of-the-box, supported by world-class free 24/7/365 tech support, and backed by the best lifetime warranty in the industry. This power house rips through DirectX 10 games at blazing fast frame rates and enables realistic physical motion and massively destructible environments with nVIDIA's new PhysX technology.

Package Contents
  • BFGRGTX260896OCE GeForce GTX 260 OC Graphics Card
  • Quick Install Guide
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • DVI to HDMI Adapter
  • S/PDIF Analog Audio Cable (1 ft.)
  • HDTV (component) Breakout Cable
  • Dual 4-pin peripheral to single 6-pin PCI Express power adapter
  • Driver CD
Limited WarrantyLifetime
Thickness95.3 mm
API SupportedDirectX 10.0, OpenGL 2.1