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MSI GeForce GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card - Test System Setup and 3DMark Vantage

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 28, 2009 5:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel i7 920 @ 3.8GHz (190MHz x 20)
Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P (Supplied by Noctua)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE EX58-UD5 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 3 X 2GB OCZ Technology PC-12800 DDR-3 8-8-8-24 (OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
Hard Disk(s): Western Digital 300GB Velicorapter (Supplied by Western Digital)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1 64-Bit
Drivers: ForceWare 190.38


Today we'll be seeing how the MSI GTX 260 goes against the higher end GTX 275 from Palit and GTX 285 from ASUS. We'll see what kind of performance the GTX 260 we have here today from MSI offers with its increased clocks in all our benchmarks.


3DMark Vantage


Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
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3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware.


3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.


MSI GTX 260 Lightning Graphics Card


Under Vantage we can see that the GTX 260 does fall to the back by a noticeable margin when compared to the higher end NVIDIA offerings.


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