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Test system setup and things to note:

Running an MSI 790FX-GD70 with a Phenom II x6 clocked at 4.0GHz with a 3GHz NB. Chip was cooled by an XSPC Rasa 750 kit with Coolermaster R4’s on the radiator. Memory was an OCZ AMD Platinum 2x2GB kit clocked at 1333 with 7-7-7-20-33 1T timings. All cards in single mode were run at PCI-e 2.0X16 mode and SLI was also run at x16 x16 mode. Other system components include a Corsair TX950 PSU, WD Velociraptor hard drive, Dell 2209WA monitor. Drivers were the forceware 260.88 drivers with SLI hack where necessary. OS was Windows 7 Professional 64 bit. All tests performed at 1680x1050, unless preset by the benchmark. (Vantage)

Notes:

My GTX275 would not clock at all. It was a cheap XFX non reference version which I think is the reason.
The GTX580 was bottlenecked in some applications by my Phenom II. Overclocking the card showed little to know gains, but when I cranked a few hundred MHz out of my CPU, the FPS went up dramatically.
I will have a GTX285 coming in soon. I hope this will provide some insight to me as to how the 55nm GT200 parts clock.
When Overclocking, extra voltage was only used on the GTX460 and 580 to achieve the final OC value.


Goals: To compare performance across the board of selected Nvidia GPU’s, as well as learn as to why Nvidia made small changes to certain cards such as the 9800GTX/+ and 192/216 versions of the GTX260. Is
Missed chances – I would have liked to include at least one ATi card for reference, as well as an 8800GTX and a newer card or two such as a 480 or 560Ti. Unfortunately my funds are limited and I sold my 480 before I could write this review.


Conclusion – I took a few pieces of knowledge away from this experiment.
1.Most 65nm GT200 parts will overclock about the same. (700c 1458shaders)
2.When in SLI mode, over clocking does not seem to have as much of an effect on performance as when in single card mode.
3.Micro stutter still exists with older cards in SLI with some applications
4.The GTX275 is probably a better card overall than the GTX280 for several reasons, including heat and performance.
5.If you currently own a Core 192 GTX260 – the upgrade to the 216 version is not worth it.
6.The 8800GTS 512, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+ perform exactly the same, clock for clock
7.The GTX460 768MB card provides an extremely high price/performance ratio. Once overclocked, this card is a cool, quiet fast, fast card. Probably one of my favorites of all time.




















Edited by mxthunder - 7/26/11 at 2:20pm
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Nice review. cool to see how fast gpu performance has gotten over past cards. +rep
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BTW I get 50.87 fps in Crysis with my GTX 260 OC'ed to 729/1458/1180 @ 1680x1050 res.

Nevertheless, good collection of GPUs.

EDIT:
Suggestion: 1) Display actual "fps" at the end of the bars. 2) Group the stock and OC and have them separated a bit.

i.e.

GTX 260 216 OC --------------------------- 50.87fps
GTX 260 216 Stock ------------------- 42 fps

9800 GTX+ OC ------------------ 39 fps
9800 GTX+ Stock -----------34 fps

+rep
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Kinda shows the Improvements in performance over time. I must admit that for a few of those, I did expect the GTX 580 to be further than the 280.
    
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Very nice, if you could do a 1080p set, then it would be basically perfect

Nice to see the comparison though. My poor Ultra, a 460 looks to be nearly 2x as potent haha
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Nice work
    
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See if you can get a hold of some more modern cards like the 560, 570, 470, 480 since those are the cards most people are interested in buying or already have and would like to compare.
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Yeah, tossing a 480 into the mix would be great. I like the 260sli OC info though ... most other sites like anatech don't have 260sli in their charts
    
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Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Its very hard to keep the charts consistent throughout! The testing took weeks.

I wish that I could have included my 480 in the tests because I think it would be interesting to see how 480/580 did, but I had to sell it before I began benchmarking.

If I had more funds, I would definitely pick up a 560Ti and another 480 to add in the mix. I may also be getting a 1GB 460 soon.
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