Saturday, March 14th 2009

Galaxy Prepares GeForce GTX 260 1792 MB

As NVIDIA partners attempt to cash in on the good sales of GeForce GTX 260, by lining up numerous custom-designed models based on the said GPU, Galaxy has added yet another to its lineup: a GeForce GTX 260 accelerator with twice the amount of memory as its reference design, all 1792 MB of it. Galaxy worked on two areas of this card: cooling and memory. Towards memory, the company chose to use the high-density Samsung K4J10324QD-HJ1A memory chip, that has a capacity of 1 Gb (128 MB). 14 such chips populate the 448-bit GDDR3 memory bus to dole out a total 1792 MB of memory capacity.

Towards cooling, Galaxy used a custom GPU cooler that spans across the length of the card. Its GPU contact block gives out five heatpipes that direct heat to a dense array of alumium fins. Three fans are employed to cool the card. The airflow passively cools the memory, the 4+1 phase VRM area has a heatsink of its own, so does the NVIO2 processor. Expreview put the card through a series of test to bring out its performance increment over the 896 MB GeForce GTX 260. The games World in Conflict and Company of Heroes saw significant increments in average frame-rates.

Source: Expreview
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45 Comments on Galaxy Prepares GeForce GTX 260 1792 MB

#1
DeathTyrant
That's a damned nice looking card. It's nice to see a fresh take on the 260.
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#2
Mussels
Moderprator
now THATS a custom card.

all hail galaxy, for making a card thats UNIQUE
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alexp999
Staff
When you actually look at the results, the only game which shows a genuinely worthy boost is World in conflict, the others are minimal.
I think its cus there are very few games that actually need more than 1GB of graphics memory at the moment. I mean I can run GTA IV with everything on max, and still only get the odd pop-in.
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Slyr7.62
by: alexp999
I think its cus there are very few games that actually need more than 1GB of graphics memory at the moment. I mean I can run GTA IV with everything on max, and still only get the odd pop-in.
GTA IV does happen to be way more CPU-bound than GPU though, that's why the core I7 helps big time.

This Galaxy 260 has a nice cooler.
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alexp999
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by: Slyr7.62
GTA IV does happen to be way more CPU-bound than GPU though, that's why the core I7 helps big time.

This Galaxy 260 has a nice cooler.
My CPU is only ever around 80% usage tho. But it likes using 75% of my RAM! The game itself must be right on the 2GB limit.
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#6
legends84
that's a really nice looking card and unique too.. well perform in games, but crysis warhead didnt seem to perform well tho..
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#7
h3llb3nd4
god then I need a whole new pc! :cry:
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#8
Mussels
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by: legends84
that's a really nice looking card and unique too.. well perform in games, but crysis warhead didnt seem to perform well tho..
take note of the AA levels they're using.
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legends84
by: Mussels
take note of the AA levels they're using.
yup.. with 16QAA, the reference GTX260+ nearly on par with the Galaxy one for crysis warhead.. but the galaxy really perform much better in other game:D..
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Mussels
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by: legends84
yup.. with 16QAA, the reference GTX260+ nearly on par with the Galaxy one for crysis warhead.. but the galaxy really perform much better in other game:D..
i'm pretty confident the gap might increase with less stupid levels of AA, as well.
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#11
legends84
by: Mussels
i'm pretty confident the gap might increase with less stupid levels of AA, as well.
yup.. me too
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#12

that does look nice.
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#13
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Awesome, when i finally gets a job i will go for this card. And it uses two six pins, yay!!.:) I just hope a 600w PSU will be able to handle that card and the rest of the system,.

Should be awesome in games.:)
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#14
SK-1
Tremendous leap in performance:confused:
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#15
h3llb3nd4
by: SK-1
Tremendous leap in performance:confused:
For OCing :D
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#16
slyfox2151
by: CDdude55
Awesome, when i finally gets a job i will go for this card. And it uses two six pins, yay!!.:) I just hope a 600w PSU will be able to handle that card and the rest of the system,.

Should be awesome in games.:)
my antec 550w neo does just fine with my setup

1 SSD 5 HDDs

3.9ghz E7300 @ 1.4v
and zotac GTX260 amp2! overclocked even more 680 core 1250 mem

less then 450 ish watts imo, tho havnt tested with meter yet. (at full load)

back on topic,

only thing i don't like about those heat sinks/fans is it just blows the heat back into the case,
thats why i like the zotac cooler (i think its the standard referance design) but anyway just my 0.02
still looks sweet tho!!!!
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#17
BumbleBee
Galaxy is my favourite vendor because they often use Samsung memory.
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#18
h3llb3nd4
by: BumbleBee
Galaxy is my favourite vendor because they often use Samsung memory.
what's wrong with others??:confused:
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#19
thebeephaha
I like this card because the cooler is dual slot not triple by the looks of it, and that it has more ram.

For a single card provided the price is right might be my next upgrade.
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#20
AltecV1
thats a nice looking card but no performanse cains makes it gainda pointless:ohwell:
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#21
PCpraiser100
That is a nice-looking card,goes nicely with the heat pipes too. I always trusted graphics cards with memory from Samsung so this card has excellent quality memory.
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#22
NeSeNVi
That's why I like Galaxy: non reference design, but how about loudness?
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#23
Kursah
I like it, looks great, I want that cooler for my GTX260 dammit! I don't see the point in the extra ram, I'd rather have seen a 1GB/512-bit bus 260, I know it's probably not phesable without a gpu architecture change. Nice non-reference board for sure, not worth me changing over to, but nice card!
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#24
twicksisted
by: alexp999
When you actually look at the results, the only game which shows a genuinely worthy boost is World in conflict, the others are minimal.
I think its cus there are very few games that actually need more than 1GB of graphics memory at the moment. I mean I can run GTA IV with everything on max, and still only get the odd pop-in.
but dude youre on a 22" monitor though... im sure at full HD or higher the 1gb + comes into play... i certainly need it in GTA4 on my rig
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#25
AltecV1
by: twicksisted
but dude youre on a 22" monitor though... im sure at full HD or higher the 1gb + comes into play... i certainly need it in GTA4 on my rig
how really needs over 22":rolleyes:
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