We really have to be amazed that a card of this pedigree can be had for less than $350 in many cases which would have been unheard of less than three months ago. From a purely performance perspective, it seems like the 896MB of ram on the GTX 260 is able to pay for itself in spades when gaming at ultra-high resolutions. Power consumption is severely cut from the GTX 280 and this suits us just fine since with this power consumption comes decreased heat as well. This means that the fan is able to spin at lower RPMs and not emit that dreaded dust buster whine we complained the GTX 280 had. All in all, if you want an Nvidia card, the BFG GTX 260 makes pretty damn convincing case for itself.
The lifetime warranty and trade-up program included with the BFG GTX 260 will usually be more than enough to sway many over into the green camp since both of these things are something ATI’s partners just don’t have right now. Unfortunately, it seems that its price will have to be reduced a bit more if it hopes to truly compete with the HD4870 on a solely price / performance level.
Published in: Graphics Cards on 2008-07-28