BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card

The GTX 260 remains a popular high-end card and today we check out BFGs highly overclocked version; the OCX.
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Published Tue, Oct 28 2008 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:27 PM CDT
Rating: 88%Manufacturer: BFG Tech

Introduction


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card



BFG Tech was one of very few companies that came to mind a few years ago when people spoke of pre-overclocked graphics cards. Over the past few years, though, more and more companies have jumped on the overclocking bandwagon and we're now at the point where it feels like almost every company on the market offers some form of pre-overclocked card, be it based on an ATI or NVIDIA graphics chip.

Not too long ago BFG Tech thought that it was time to kick it up a notch and expand upon the popular OC line it already had. Expanding that line, two new OC variants were created; the OC2 which helped knock up clock speeds a bit more than the standard OC models and the OCX which was designed to offer a significant boost over stock clocks.

We didn't want to look at the card that was just a bit overclocked, nor the card that was overclocked a little bit more. We wanted to look at the big daddy of the GTX 260 line from BFG, the OCX variant. So with that said, let's check out the package then from there we will have a look at the card itself and a closer look at the clockspeeds on tap before we get stuck into the benchmarking side of things.

The Package




Since we last looked at a BFG Tech card, the package has changed a little. We have a mostly black square design that makes mention of the 24 / 7 tech support available and up the top of the box we have the BFG Tech logo.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


The top right hand corner of the box has a sticker that gives us all the information we need. Across the bottom we see the model, along with mention of how much memory the card comes with. Just above that we have mention of the version, in this case the OCX and next to that we have a picture of the card. To finish it all off, we have a run down on the specifications along with mention of what's in the box.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Turning the box over, we have mention of some of the advantages an NVIDIA card gives you. Along with that we have a whole lot of information that tells us what's so great about having a BFG Tech graphics card.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Opening up the box, we're greeted with a wealth of information that lets you know how to get everything up and running. We also have a leaflet on BFG Techs line of power supplies, two stickers and a driver CD.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


As far as cables go there isn't anything too out of the ordinary; we have a component out dongle, molex to PCI Express power connector, DVI to VGA connector, DVI to HDMI connector and a loop back cable to get sound through the HDMI convertor.

The Card




With the package out of the way it's time to check out the card. Diving inside, it doesn't come as any real surprise that the card follows the reference design. There really isn't a whole lot to look at since the black cooler covers the card completely from left to right and back to front.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Of course BFG Tech have jazzed it up a bit by adding their own sticker to the front; we can clearly see who makes the card, the model and on the fan we can see that the particular card is the OCX one.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Following the reference design means there isn't anything out of the ordinary when it comes to looking at the card. Towards the back of the card up the top we have two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors and closer to the front we have two SLI connectors under a cover that lets you plug up to three of these cards together.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Finally we finish up looking at the I/O side of things which gives us two Dual-Link DVI connectors and a single TV-Out port.


Specifications

As we've already mentioned a few times, the card comes overclocked out of the box. BFG have increased the core from the stock 576MHz to 655MHz, the shader clock from 1242MHz to 1404MHz and the 896MB of GDDR3 memory going from 1998MHz to 2250MHz.

Test System Setup and 3DMark06


Test System Setup

Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3GHz (333MHz x 9)
Cooling: Corsair Nautilus500 (Supplied by Corsair) with Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (Supplied by Arctic Cooling)
Motherboard(s): GIGABYTE X48-DQ6 (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Memory: 2 X 1GB Kingston PC6400 DDR-2 3-3-3-10 (KHX6400D2ULK2/2G) (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk(s): Seagate 250GB 7200RPM SATA-2 7200.10 (Supplied by Seagate)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista SP1
Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 177.79 and Catalyst 8.9


With the BFG Tech GTX 260 OCX in hand, it's time to see how it performs. Today we'll be seeing how it compares to the recently tested Force3D HD 4870 Black Edition which also comes pre-overclocked.


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Off the bat we can see the two cards are performing quite close to each other. As we climb up in resolution, though, the BFG Tech GTX 260 OCX does begin to pull away.

Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage


3DMark Vantage

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.1
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmarkvantage/
Buy It Here




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.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Getting into something a little bit more intensive like 3DMark Vantage, we can see that the GTX 260 manages to give itself a good lead over the cheaper HD 4870.

Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea


PT Boats: Knights of the Sea

Version and / or Patch Used: Benchmark Demo
Developer Homepage: http://en.akella.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.pt-boats.net/





PT Boats: Knights of the Sea is a naval action simulator that places gamers in charge of a mosquito fleet of the Allied Forces, Russia or Germany during the height of World War II.

Using the latest Direct X 10 technology PT Boards - Knights of the Sea manages to apply a lot of stress to the components of today which in turn gives us quite an intensive benchmark.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


PT Boats has always favored the NVIDIA flavored cards and here is no different; we can see that the BFG GTX 260 OCX manages to win out clearly at all resolutions.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Under CINEBENCH we can see that the BFG Tech GTX 260 OCX continues to outperform the cheaper HD 4870.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com





World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Under WIC we see the GTX 260 OCX from BFG come out ahead at all times; the gains only become bigger as we climb up in resolution.

Benchmarks - Crysis


Crysis

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.1
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom time demo
Developer Homepage: http://www.crytek.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.ea.com/crysis/
Buy It Here





From the makers of Far Cry, Crysis offers FPS fans the best-looking, most highly-evolving gameplay, requiring the player to use adaptive tactics and total customization of weapons and armor to survive in dynamic, hostile environments including Zero-G.

Real time editing, bump mapping, dynamic lights, network system, integrated physics system, shaders, shadows and a dynamic music system are just some of the state of-the-art features the CryENGINE 2 offers. The CryENGINE 2 comes complete with all of its internal tools and also includes the CryENGINE 2 Sandbox world editing system.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


The power hungry Crysis puts the GTX 260 OCX from BFG in front at all resolutions.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Looking at UT3, we can see that both cards actually sit quite close to each other with no huge difference really being seen.

Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF


High Quality AA and AF

Our high quality tests let us separate the men from the boys and the ladies from the girls. If the cards weren't struggling before they will start to now.


3DMark06

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Turning on AA and AF, we can see that the BFG Tech GTX 260 OCX comes out ahead again, but the gain is clearly not as big as you may have expected.


World In Conflict

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


WIC performance on the other hand shows the GTX 260 OCX from BFG a good 4 FPS faster in the minimum department, which equates to around 30% in this case.

Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP


3DMark06

Version and / or Patch Used: Build 110
Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com
Product Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/
Buy It Here





3DMark06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests.

3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Under XP we can see that the BFG Tech GTX 260 OCX is ahead at all resolutions with the highest % gains being seen at the higher resolution.

Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP


CINEBENCH R10

Version and / or Patch Used: Release 10
Developer Homepage: http://www.maxon.net/
Product Homepage: http://www.maxon.net




CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer's performace capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

MAXON CINEBENCH runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based).


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


CINEBENCH under XP shows the HD 4870 coming out significantly ahead here.

Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP


World in Conflict

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0.0.5
Timedemo or Level Used: Built-in Test
Developer Homepage: http://www.massive.se
Product Homepage: http://www.worldinconflict.com




World in Conflict is a real-time strategy video game by Massive Entertainment and to be published by Sierra Entertainment for Windows (DX9 and DX10) and the Xbox 360.

The game is set in 1989 where economic troubles cripple the Soviet Union and threaten to dissolve it. However, the title pursues a "what if" scenario where, in this case, the Soviet Union does not collapse and instead pursues a course of war to remain in power. It is an intensive new game is sure to put plenty of stress on even the latest graphics cards and we use the built-in benchmarking for our testing.

BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


At the lower resolution we see both cards are performing quite close to each other. When we climb to 2560 x 1600, though, we can see in the minimum department the GTX 260 OCX is a good chunk faster.

Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP


Unreal Tournament 3

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.1
Timedemo or Level Used:
Developer Homepage: http://www.epicgames.com/
Product Homepage: http://www.unrealtournament3.com/
Buy It Here





Following the formulae that made Unreal Tournament so great the third installment to the series has hit us recently with better than ever graphics. The games uses the latest Unreal Engine which like most modern day games when maxed out puts the pressure on our lineup of graphics cards.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


We again see for the most part UT 3 performance between the two cards being very similar.

Temperature & Sound Tests


Temperature Tests



With the TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer literally in hand we found ourselves getting real-world temperatures from the products we test at load (3D clock speeds).

There are two places we pull temperature from - the back of the card directly behind the core and if the card is dual slot and has an exhaust point we also pull a temperate from there, as seen in the picture.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


The GTX 260 OCX manages to come in almost 10c cooler then the HD 4870 which has always been a very warm card.


Sound Tests



Pulling out the TES 1350A Sound Level Meter we find ourselves quickly yelling into the top of it to see how loud we can be.

After five minutes of that we get a bit more serious and place the device two CM away from the fan on the card to find the maximum noise level of the card when idle (2D mode) and in load (3D mode).


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Noise levels between the two cards are very similar with less than a dB separating them.

Power Consumption Tests






Using our new PROVA Power Analyzer WM-01 or "Power Thingy" as it has become quickly known as to our readers, we are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into AC wall socket).

There are a few important notes to remember though; while our maximum power is taken in 3DMark06 at the same exact point, we have seen in particular tests the power being drawn as much as 10% more. We test at the exact same stage every time; therefore tests should be very consistent and accurate.

The other thing to remember is that our test system is bare minimum - only a 7,200RPM SATA-II single hard drive is used without CD ROM or many cooling fans.

So while the system might draw 400 watts in our test system, placing it into your own PC with a number of other items, the draw is going to be higher.


BFG Tech GeForce GTX 260 OCX Graphics Card


Comparing the power draw on the two cards, we find that the faster GTX 260 OCX from BFG Tech manages to use a good chunk less power at both idle and load.

Final Thoughts




Over the past few months it's clear that the driver updates from NVIDIA have really kicked up the performance of the GTX 260 with it managing to beat out the HD 4870 nearly every time.

With that said, the added speed on offer from BFG Tech helps kick up the performance numbers a little bit more. From a performance point of view there isn't a whole lot to complain about.

Like everything, though, the card isn't perfect. The bundle is lacking a game which is going to be disappointing for some people. The card also carries one of the higher price tags on the market. With that said, 24 / 7 technical support for particular countries, a lifetime warranty that carries very few conditions and a good overclock do make the card good value.

While some people may find themselves buying the cheapest card on the market, overclocking it themselves and then selling it in 12 months time, people who can't be bothered overclocking and want to keep their card for an extended period of time will find the BFG Tech cards a great option.

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