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Old January 5, 2009, 08:43 PM
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Many of you have know this card has been in our hands for a little while now and today we finally post the review of the first 55nm GTX 200-series card. The EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition (yes, it is a mouthful).

Unfortunately, this card didn't quite live up to our expectations of the 55nm core but it still provides excellent performance.

Is it worth the added cost? We delve deep to find out.

You can find the review here: EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm Superclocked Edition Video Card Review

Please use this thread for your questions and comments.

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Old January 5, 2009, 08:54 PM
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Nice and thorough. Strange to see the 65nm vs 55nm results... but its not really an arguable point. The results speak for themselves.
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Well very nice and detailed review as always. Even though it performs slightly better than the 65nm version, I don't think it is worth the extra penny, the power consumption is only 11 watts less and the temps are higher than the 65nm version..

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All in all, very nicely covered review
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Nice and thorough. Strange to see the 65nm vs 55nm results... but its not really an arguable point. The results speak for themselves.
The results have also been confirmed by Nvidia and EVGA.
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Hmm....so basically, I didn't need to wait. It's pretty much the same thing.

I wonder what will happen with the GTX 285. That is the card I'm waiting to see to make my decision on what to do for my SLI setup.
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Have a care - as the review mentions, component placement is slightly different, which could be an issue for watercooling blocks.

But nice review, even if the card itself didn't quite live up to expectations. I've heard a few rumours that Nvidia borked their 65nm and 55nm designing, not quite staying within restrictions, which would account for the rumours of poor yields on the cores. Wonder if that sort of thing could account for the power/overclocking abilities (or lack thereof).
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Great review SKY, I was waiting to read your thorough take on the new 55nm 260 and jumped to the power consumption page straight off. What a letdown the power consumption was but your patience and attempts to find out from the horses mouth about the weird power results is why I trust your reviews above all others. I'm glad Nvidia partners will now save money on manufacturing and sell the 55nm based cards for more while "in the know" consumers will save money buying the older 65nm cards at a huge discount and performance on par. Thank you for taking your time in this busy holiday season to bring us this great review.
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Super review. Thanks. Now I'm even happier that I didn't wait for the 55nm.
Btw, one of the reasons I like your reviews, besides your thoroughness, is I really enjoy your numerous pics of the components and your use of the zoom-click pics.
(Personally, I wouldn't mind it if the zoom pics were more like 300% rather than ~ 175ish, but that's just me; not meaning to criticize.)
Now on to the next new product. Cheers.
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Great review. Man were those previews totally skewed. I thought this would've performed more like a GTX 280 like what the previews said. Definitely not worth the extra coin when the 65 nm will be going down in price soon because of the new tech...
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Excellent review as always. Thank you for including the Folding comparisons, its interesting how much lower power consumption is when Folding as opposed to in-game. You said the "acoustical footprint was noticeably quieter" than the 65nm, how would it compare to the 9800GTX+ as I like cards that are fairly quiet.
A couple of things; you might want to indicate that only one core of the 4870X2 was used in the Folding power consumption chart for those that aren't aware of its limitations. And you might want to check the titles of your game power consumption charts [cosumption?]
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