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Gainward GeForce GTX260 Golden Sample *216 Stream Processor* 55nm SLI 896MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI PCI-Express - Retail ** With Mirrors Edge**£149.98DELIVERED @ Novatech plus 3% quidco
Gainward GeForce GTX260 Golden Sample *216 Stream Processor* 55nm SLI 896MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI PCI-Express - Retail ** With Mirrors Edge**£149.98DELIVERED @ Novatech plus 3% quidco

Gainward GeForce GTX260 Golden Sample *216 Stream Processor* 55nm SLI 896MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI PCI-Express - Retail ** With Mirrors Edge**£149.98DELIVERED @ Novatech plus 3% quidco

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General
Compatability PC
Device Type Graphics Adapter
Enclosure Type Plug in PCI Card
Interface Type PCI Express x16
Card Dimensions 10.5" (L) x 3.75" (W) x 1.5" (H)


Expansion/Connectivity
Compatible Slots 1x PCI Express x16


Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 Year
Service and Support Details Limited 1 Year


Miscellaneous
Cables Included 1x DVI-VGA Adapter


Software
Software Included NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers
Operating System Requirements Windows XP, Vista


Processor / Memory
Chipset nVidia Geforce GTX 260
Video Memory Installed 890MB DDR3
Core Clock Speed 625MHz
Shader Clock Speed 1296MHz
Memory Clock Speed 2200MHz
Processor Cores 216
Shader Model 4.0
Texture Fill Rate (Billion Texels/sec) 36.9
Memory Interface 448 bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 111.9
Nvidia SLI Support Yes, 2-Way & 3-Way


Video
Max VGA Resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz, 32-bit color
Max Dual-Link DVI-I Resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz, 32-bit color
Maximum HDTV Out (Component) Resolution 1920 x 1080 (1080i)
Maximum TV Out (S-Video) Resolution 720 x 480 (480i) NTSC
720 x 576 (576i) PAL
Max Monitors Supported 2
API Supported Microsoft DirectX 10 and lower, OpenGL 2.1 and lower for Microsoft Windows
Display Connectors 2 Dual-Link DVI-I, HDTV + TV Out

52 Comments

Original Poster

come on guys this must be good:D

thats a very tempting deal...
free game and what looks like a pretty decent factory OC

Worth upgrading from my 8800 gtx 765mb?

depends what resolution you play at mate...

The only thing putting me off (aside from my bank balance) is the one year warranty
As graphics card always seem to die on me

DX10 only.

fathazza;4739609

The only thing putting me off (aside from my bank balance) is the one … The only thing putting me off (aside from my bank balance) is the one year warrantyAs graphics card always seem to die on me



Snap

When others are offering 2, 5, 10 or even lifetime warranties it makes you wonder why Gainward are giving just one year.

Great price for this model, however I am not sure whether the card itself currently represents a good value for money.For 30% less you can get HD4850 and for half of the money - HD4830.Yes, it would be slower but significantly cheaper, with newer instructions, longer warranty and possibly lower running costs as the GX260 is very power-hungry and may need new PSU. IMO - gx260 is well overpriced, hence do not vote this time.

Tomb;4740104

SnapWhen others are offering 2, 5, 10 or even lifetime warranties it … SnapWhen others are offering 2, 5, 10 or even lifetime warranties it makes you wonder why Gainward are giving just one year.



Just had a look & every other Gainward card on Novatech have a 2 year Warranty.

This makes this ones 1 year warranty all the more worrying.

matedodgy;4740042

DX10 only.


Erm all card are backwards compatible with DX9/8/7/6 etc etc....

306maxi;4740715

Erm all card are backwards compatible with DX9/8/7/6 etc etc....



I think he might be talking about going the other way, as in 10.1. Having said that, only ATI cards do 10.1 at the moment and the number of games that actually support the extra 0.1 is probably just as much... 0.1 :lol:

7777777;4740122

Great price for this model, however I am not sure whether the card itself … Great price for this model, however I am not sure whether the card itself currently represents a good value for money.For 30% less you can get HD4850 and for half of the money - HD4830.Yes, it would be slower but significantly cheaper, with newer instructions, longer warranty and possibly lower running costs as the GX260 is very power-hungry and may need new PSU. IMO - gx260 is well overpriced, hence do not vote this time.


Yes but neither the HD4850 or the HD4830 are as good as the GTX 260 and this particular GTX260 is a very good one too.

Cuddy;4740746

I think he might be talking about going the other way, as in 10.1. Having … I think he might be talking about going the other way, as in 10.1. Having said that, only ATI cards do 10.1 at the moment and the number of games that actually support the extra 0.1 is probably just as much... 0.1 :lol:


Ah OK. Yes DX10.1 isn't much use at the moment Also remember that DX11 is coming out with Windows 7 in the near future.

Good price for a good card.

7777777;4740122

the GX260 is very power-hungry and may need new PSU. IMO - gx260 is well … the GX260 is very power-hungry and may need new PSU. IMO - gx260 is well overpriced, hence do not vote this time.



The GTX260 is actually one of the lower power cards for the performance it's gives.
tomshardware.com/rev…tml

good deal, but agree with above post..... you can get more value for money with other cards

306maxi;4740794

Yes but neither the HD4850 or the HD4830 are as good as the GTX 260 and … Yes but neither the HD4850 or the HD4830 are as good as the GTX 260 and this particular GTX260 is a very good one too.


Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and the ATI card came out on top. It might have been the lower stream GTX260, but even then this better card is probably on a par with the 4850, but at a much higher price.

I've seen tests on websites that have said the opposite, but I'd rather go with what I've seen myself.

Guys, guys, guys.....

This is a great deal on a good card. Surely deals are all about bang for buck, in which case this is about the same as the 4850. Sure it costs about 30% more, but it gets about 30% more performance too.

In my opinion the 4830 is in the current sweet spot (given you can buy two of them and crossfire together - probably better than this deal). But this deal is still hot for the money.

id love a new card if only coz i feel this 320mb 8800 gts feels old but im a bit lost now with cards, theres way too many to choose from and i just carnt make up my mind
i do like nvidia ones though, so is this better than 2 9800 in sli
noise and power isnt a problem for me its just ive no real idea anymore
i put empire earth on and its all set to medium so i guess sooner or later ill need a new card
this does look a good price though but as said im a bit concerened about the short warranty

mikerj;4743791

The GTX260 is actually one of the lower power cards for the performance … The GTX260 is actually one of the lower power cards for the performance it's gives.http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-4870,1964-15.html



Sorry, you can be rigth, I was looking at 'max board power' which is 182W and this ]review

http://www.techspot.com/articles-info/109/bench/Power.png

Not a bad price. But whenever I see 'Golden Sample' my brain always seems to read 'Golden Shower'. Bit of an odd one that! :-)

Here’s a review of an EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked which has a fairly close spec to this one at XbitLabs. It does well against a 1GB HD 4870.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/images/video/evga-geforce-gtx260-216-55nm/results/total_1680.png

Tomb;4740104

SnapWhen others are offering 2, 5, 10 or even lifetime warranties it … SnapWhen others are offering 2, 5, 10 or even lifetime warranties it makes you wonder why Gainward are giving just one year.



Only bfg used to do lifetime warranty, and now they have stopped. Best warranty you can get is 3yrs with asus.
Video cards seem to die on me al the time, and i dont even overclock them. Now I have an asus EAH4870 at 512Mb, 3yrs warranty. Even this one has start artifacting on me after 3 months of mild use.

I had a 8800GTX Gainward, factory overclocked that used to do 98C under stress. It burned after 2 months of use. This must be the reason for short warranty: manufacturers unsure of their build quality seem to be highly unbothered. I bet they would do 1month warranty if they could get away with it.

MajorCockUp;4744525

Only bfg used to do lifetime warranty, and now they have stopped. Best … Only bfg used to do lifetime warranty, and now they have stopped. Best warranty you can get is 3yrs with asus.Video cards seem to die on me al the time, and i dont even overclock them. Now I have an asus EAH4870 at 512Mb, 3yrs warranty. Even this one has start artifacting on me after 3 months of mild use.I had a 8800GTX Gainward, factory overclocked that used to do 98C under stress. It burned after 2 months of use. This must be the reason for short warranty: manufacturers unsure of their build quality seem to be highly unbothered. I bet they would do 1month warranty if they could get away with it.



EVGA do 10 year warranty.

Original Poster

this is uch better than a 4850 guys check out this

tomshardware.com/cha…tml

jukkie;4743897

Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and … Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and the ATI card came out on top. It might have been the lower stream GTX260, but even then this better card is probably on a par with the 4850, but at a much higher price.I've seen tests on websites that have said the opposite, but I'd rather go with what I've seen myself.


Great if you want to play 3dmark but not many people play 3dmark.

jukkie;4743897

Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and … Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and the ATI card came out on top. It might have been the lower stream GTX260, but even then this better card is probably on a par with the 4850, but at a much higher price.I've seen tests on websites that have said the opposite, but I'd rather go with what I've seen myself.



Are you kidding me, you can't compare a 4850 with the GTX260 in 3dMark05 and leave it there. Did you benchmark them in 3dMark06 and then 3dMark Vantage as well? No of course you didn't because then it would show the GTX260 is faster which you have failed to mention.

This is a very capable card if you are running at higher resolutions as the review websites show. I think this is a hot deal myself and if i had the money i would get another for SLI.

Why is this even compared to the 4850 anyway? the GTX260 with 216 Stream is competitive with the 4870 and this particular deal is within a fiver of the best deals for a 4870 that I've seen. This deal is definitely hot and worth considering if the 4830/4850 doesn't provide enough power for you, and you don't want the hassle of using (or can't) the 4830 in Crossfire (which is worthy of considerations too at this price range).

306maxi;4745112

Great if you want to play 3dmark but not many people play 3dmark.



are you kidding? i always play 3dmark! what level are you stuck on?

TooNice;4745584

Why is this even compared to the 4850 anyway?



Right, the 9800GTX (or GTS250, almost the same thing) is a closer match to the 4850.

Actually they have a pretty good deal on a ]GTS250 as well, £108.09, and the ]HD4850 for £109.24

MajorCockUp;4745591

are you kidding? i always play 3dmark! what level are you stuck on?



:giggle:

Price has dropped to £149.99 (before delivery)

Tomb;4746058

Price has dropped to £149.99 (before delivery)

Thanks for the heads up.

One can get free delivery on this in case you didn't know :). Anything £49-50 & above qualifies I think. Just choose this option at checkout.

MajorCockUp;4745591

are you kidding? i always play 3dmark! what level are you stuck on?


My copy runs alright but doesn't allow me to control anything and then just comes up with a number at the end. Any ideas on a fix for that?

jukkie;4743897

Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and … Actually I benchmarked a GTX260 against a HD4850 using 3D Mark 2005, and the ATI card came out on top. It might have been the lower stream GTX260, but even then this better card is probably on a par with the 4850, but at a much higher price.I've seen tests on websites that have said the opposite, but I'd rather go with what I've seen myself.



No way in the real world is that the case its faster than the 4870 1gb version and i know that for a fact its like always on here people with no knowledge spouting rubbish.

I would say it edges it (the 4870) overall, but the two trades enough wins that I suggest people to look up benchmarks of games they play most and decide accordingly.

306maxi;4740799

Ah OK. Yes DX10.1 isn't much use at the moment Also remember that DX11 … Ah OK. Yes DX10.1 isn't much use at the moment Also remember that DX11 is coming out with Windows 7 in the near future.




DX10 g cards will be able to benefit from DX11 as i have read in many places.

homerd;4751950

DX10 g cards will be able to benefit from DX11 as i have read in many … DX10 g cards will be able to benefit from DX11 as i have read in many places.


Seeing as DX11 isn't out yet I'd take that with a bag of salt

DX11 is an integral part of Windows 7 which is fairly advanced in the development stage so the spec for DX11 may very well be locked down by now.
From Wikipedia:

"Parts of the new API such as multi-threaded resource handling can be supported on Direct3D 9/10/10.1-class hardware. Hardware tessellation and Shader Model 5.0 will require Direct3D 11 supporting hardware."

If DX11 makes as much difference as DX10 did over DX9, you won't notice the difference unless you peer very very hard.

DX10 took 2 years to become mainstream and so will DX11.

If you have 150quid to spend on a graphics card then this is currently the one to get bar none.

I'm waiting till the 2nd of April:

AMD Expected to Launch Radeon HD 4890 Card Next WeekDiscussions about the … AMD Expected to Launch Radeon HD 4890 Card Next WeekDiscussions about the much-awaited AMD Radeon HD 4890 card have been going around the internet for some time now. The official launch date, as announced by the company is April 2nd, much sooner than originally expected.The new launch date is surprising considering rumours that the card is already being sold by retailers in Taiwan and Hong Kong. [COLOR="red"]Expected to be priced at £230[/COLOR], the AMD Radeon HD 4890 is also believed to be in stock with a number of retailers, including Novatech. The latter has presumably benchmarked the new card against an AMD Radeon HD 4870 512MB, with results available on Novatech forum. The new card, which Novatech forum administrator GIBBO describes only as a “mysterious card”, is miles ahead of the HD 4870. In the tests, the system featuring the new card scored 3.5 per cent higher in terms of 3DMarks than a system running the Radeon HD 4870 512MB. In GPU performance too, the new card clocked 12 per cent faster than the 4870; [COLOR="Red"]when overclocked, the speed gap increased to a whopping 30 per cent[/COLOR]. [COLOR="RoyalBlue"]If this mysterious card is the Radeon HD 4890[/COLOR] (So this isn't confirmed) it would be AMD’s fastest ever single-GPU part. With NVIDIA also expected to launch its GeForce GTX 275 early in April, the next week could be an interesting one featuring yet another showdown between the two graphics card heavyweights.



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