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ASUS ENGTX260 TOP GeForce GTX 260 Graphics Card Review
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The ASUS ENGTX260 TOP is a dual-slot graphics card that is about 11.12 cm thick and 26.67 cm long. For some reason, ASUS chose to paste a tacky forest-pattern camouflage scheme on the shroud. As camouflage patterns have a nasty habit of doing, it made the warrior girl hard to make out. Heck, let's just come out and say it - it's distracting and ugly.

Like all new graphics cards, the ASUS ENGTX260 TOP supports PCI Express 2.0 with a 5 Gbps signalling rate. When used with a motherboard that supports PCI Express 2.0, this GeForce GTX 260 card will have effectively double the PCI Express bandwidth of PCI Express 1.0 cards.

Of course, that does not mean the ENGTX260 TOP will be twice as fast as older PCI Express graphics cards. In fact, PCI Express bandwidth will only have a minimal effect on its graphics processing capability. The ENGTX260 TOP will still run fine on your current motherboard even if it only supports the PCI Express 1.1 standard. It is backward compatible with PCI Express 1.1 and will merely revert to the 2.5 Gbps signalling rate and a lower 8 GB/s bandwidth with these motherboards.

The most important things it to make sure that your power supply comes with at least one 6-pin PCI Express power cable, and one spare Molex power cable. Like all GeForce GTX 260 cards, the ENGTX260 TOP requires at least two 6-pin PCI Express power cables to work. The standard GeForce GTX 260 consumes up to 182 W of power. As this is an overclocked version, it will consume a little more power. So, you should have a quality power supply with a power output of around 500 W.



Graphics Engine


Stream Processors

• 192

Vertex Shader Version

• 4.0

Pixel Shader Version

• 4.0

Textures Per Clock

• Average 64


• 28

Core Clock

• 650 MHz

Shader Clock

• 1400 MHz

Fill Rate

• 41,600 MTexels/s
• 18,200 MPixels/s

Graphics Memory

• 896 MB GDDR3

Graphics Memory Clock

• 1150 MHz (2.3 GHz DDR)

Memory Bus Width

• 448-bits

Memory Bandwidth

• 128.8 GB/s

Bus Support

• PCI Express 2.0 x16


• 2-Way SLI
• 3-Way SLI


• Two integrated 400 MHz RAMDACs

CRT Max. Resolution

• 2048 x 1536

DVI Max. Resolution

• 2560 x 1600

Display Support

• Two dual-linked HDCP-enabled DVI-I ports
• One 7-pin HDTV-out port

Card Size

• 11.12 cm (4.376 inches) tall
• 26.67 cm (10.5 inches) long


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