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Review: Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 FreezerX2: the budget high-end card?

by Tarinder Sandhu on 15 May 2009, 08:00 3.85

Tags: GeForce GTX 260 FreezerX2, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Inno3D, PC

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System setup and notes

Graphics cards Inno3D GeForce GTX 275 896MB Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 FreezerX2
XFX Radeon HD 4890 1,024MB XFX Radeon HD 4870 1,024MB XFX Radeon HD 4870 512MB Sapphire Radeon HD 4770 X2 1,024MB
Current pricing, including VAT £199 £138 £183 £137
£123 £157
Shader model 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1
Stream processors 240 216 800 800 800 1,280
GPU clock speed (MHz) 633 576 900 750 750 750
Shader clock speed (MHz) 1,404 1,242 900 750 750 750
Memory clock speed (MHz) 2,268 1,998 4,000 3,600 3,600 3,200
Memory bus width (bits) 448 448 256 256 256 256 (combined)
CPU Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (3.20GHz, 8MB L3 cache, quad-core, LGA1,366)
Motherboard Foxconn Bloodrage X58
Motherboard BIOS P04
Mainboard software Intel Inf
Memory 6GB Corsair DOMINATOR PC12,800
Memory timings and speed 9-9-9-24 1T @ DDR3-1,333
PSU Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1,000W
Monitor Dell 30in 3007WFP - 2,560x1,600px
Disk drive(s) Seagate 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (3Gb/s mode)
Graphics driver ForceWare 185.63 beta ForceWare 182.06  Catalyst 9.4  Catalyst 9.3  Catalyst 9.3 Catalyst 9.4 (press driver)
Operating system Windows Vista Business SP1, 64-bit


3D Benchmarks Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare v1.7, HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark: DX9 - very high quality
Company Of Heroes: Opposing Fronts v2.301: DX10 - very high quality
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars v1.5, HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark. OpenGL - very high quality
Far Cry 2 v1.02 DX10 - very high quality
Race Driver: GRID v1.2, HEXUS custom-recorded benchmark - ultra quality


Here's where it gets interesting. GeForce GTX 275 came in at £199 for the cheapest reference model and pricing hasn't changed one iota. Radeon HD 4890 - the direct competitor to GTX 275 - has been the subject of price-culling from day one. A reference card is available for just a touch over £180.

The pressure on Radeon HD 4870 has increased since the HD 4890's arrival, to the extent that it's possible to buy a 1,024MB-equipped version for £137 and the 512MB edition for £123, or less. That's why, we reckon, the GeForce GTX 260's pricing has taken just a beating. Inno3D's etail listing is no fluke: it's a direct response to the threat of HD 4870.

Putting a joker in the pack, we've also added numbers for a couple of Radeon HD 4770s in CrossFire. The pair come in at £160 but do provide excellent performance.

Benchmarks were conducted at 1,680x1,050, 1,920x1,200, and 2,560x1,600 with decent degrees of image-enhancement thrown in for good measure.