XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review :: XFX GeForce GTX260 Card

07-22-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun

The GeForce GTX260 from XFX is a 2-slot card, meaning that it requires two adjacent slots to install on a motherboard. XFX has their logo on the upper left hand corner of the card with the GTX logo on the bottom left front of the card. The right hand side of the front of the card has the radial fan that blows air over the GPU through the front of the card.


XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Card Front

Card Front

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Card rear

Card rear

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Fan area

Fan area

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Fan

Fan


The card's rear has the reverse image of the XFX logo and the GTX logo. There is a heat grill on the rear of the card cooling the card from the back as well as the front. The GT200 cards are the first ones to actually have cooling on both the front and back by default, some ASUS and Gigabyte cards also have heatsinks on the rear of the PCB or other exotic cooling but every GTX2xx series card has this cooling.


XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review GTX260 logo

GTX260 logo

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review XFX logo

XFX logo

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review SLI Connectors

SLI Connectors

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review BIOS Version and Part Numbers

BIOS Version and Part Numbers


The top of the card has two SLI connectors. This allows the GTX260 to operate in Tri-SLI mode by putting a bridge on each of the connector daisy-chaining the cards to allow three GTX260 cards to work together. The bottom of the card has a PCI Express connection. This is a PCI Express 2.0 card meaning that it has the ability to work as advertised on PCI Express 2.0 slots, offering up to 8GB/second of bandwidth between the video card and motherboard.


XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review IO

IO

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Back

Back

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Top front view

Top front view

XFX GeForce GTX260 XXX Edition Video Card Review Power connectors

Power connectors


Every video card in recent memory has two Dual-Link DVI outputs on the I/O area. This allows two high-resolution DVI digital monitors to be used with this card. Dual analog CRT monitors can also be used on this card by using adapters that are included with the packaging. Frankly, if you are using an analog CRT monitor with this card you should immediately upgrade as LCD monitors are superior to the CRTs in many ways.