This card is more than capable of delivering the performance I need to play all games currently in my library with more than acceptable results. It is only fair to acknowledge the fact that this card is only incrementally better than the 9800 GTX+ that it replaced (the card was fried due to overclocking, ooops) but if you're a geek like me, that little bit of performance gain is worth every penny. This card is quite large and draws a ton of power; make sure your case can hold it and that your power supply is of sufficent output.
What's great about it: its a very fast card.adjustable using riva tuner.e.g. overclocking, fan speed etc.
What's not so great: low default fan speed.(heat builds up)
this is a very nice card for its price. however dont get it confused for the 260 OC version that has 216 cores(~@610-625mhz). this version has 192 cores(@590Mhz). but dont worry there isn't that much difference in overall speed. i found that i had to boost the default speed of the fan settings using riva tuner to roughly 75-80% anything beyond that it sounds like a vacuum, also because the card will get hot. like others said, this card laughs at crysis, warhead,farcry 2 (@ 1680x1050, 6xAA all sliders maxxed, and not a bit of framerate lag, even during driving fast though thick jungle) with the 182.06 drivers(gave a 10% boost on alot of games including FEAR2, FALLOUT 3, farcry 2 etc) FEAR2 runs amazing, i mean maxxed on everything. id recommend anyone if they can, SLI this card. when i bought it at the store it was around $237 + tax each. this game runs Age of conan very well i was pulling a good 60-120 fps on average, despite having 25-40 players casting spells i.e. (necros, Tos's) , fighting, swinging in front of kheshetta this includes battle sieges(i.e. up to 100+ players fighting, seige weapons, and mammoths breaking down the tier 3 walls) (dx 10 surprisingly enough runs very well id say i averaged about 30-60 fps peaking to 70 fps occasionally) you wont be disappointed.
What's great about it: Godly graphics, runs pretty cool, laughs at my games
What's not so great: Can get hot from time to time, dual slot, 10.5 in. long, installation
I've gone from an bfg 8800 gt OC to this baby and I'm truly impressed. The 8800 could handle Warhead at high settings with no AA and had barely any lag. When I put this bad boy in, HOLY SMOKES! Highest settings + 4xAA!. It basically laughs at me whenever I pop in a game like Crysis. I had to do an exchange because the first one I picked up, the bottom plastic plate was missing and as well as the SLI connector cover. Best Buy gladly exchanged it with no questions asked. I am thrilled to have made the purchase. Only cons that I can see with this card are: Pretty big card and installation can be a bit tricky. Heat can be a problem but that's only if you don't turn the fan up to at least 80%. You will be needing a pretty beefy PSU to handle this card. But once you get past the cons, you won't have a care in the world when you see what this card can do for your games.
What's not so great: Card is huge, requires upgrade of power supply
I have a HP Pavilion m9160f, it comes with a decent stock video card (8600GT), but really can’t keep up with the latest games so after doing a little research, I decided on the 260 GTX. First off let me say that this card is HUGE! I was prepared for it to take up 2 slots and decided the fax/modem would have to go, but had no idea it would be this long. The dimensions are 10.5” (L) x 3.75” (W) x 1.5’ (H). 2 of the SATA connectors were in the way, but luckily my motherboard had 6 connectors so I was able to move 2 of them to the unused slots. The card requires 2 six-pin PCIe power connectors and a 525w power supply, so I bought the BFG 550w power supply to go with it. It took a few hours to arrange all the cables to get this monster to fit in there, but in the end the computer booted up just fine. I was able to play every game at max resolution and effects, including GTA IV with blazing speed. The card seems to run a little hot when under a full load, so you should make sure you have good ventilation on your CPU case. The BFG power supply I bought had a big fan at the bottom and does a good job keeping everything cool. For the price this card is definitely worth it, just make sure you have plenty of space and plan on spending some time re-arranging things to get it to fit.
I purchased this card specifically to play Grand Theft Auto 4. I can now play at full resolution (1900x1200) with settings on high. Plenty of memory, could use more though. Card is a pain to install for smaller towers so make sure it fits first and make sure your psu is beefy enough to handle this.
Just purchased a Gateway FX6800 and BFG S260 Nvidia video card from Best Buy on the no intrest for 18 months. Got the two under $1,900 with a two year warranty. $100 a month for 18 months.. I replaced the ATI 4750 card with the S260 and this machine screams. Any and all games maxed out play with no problems. The computer and video card stayed real cool and very quiet during heavy game play.
Avoid nVidia 200 series until they fix heat issues
Posted by: Sabres
from Columbus, OH
Value for Price
Ease of Installation
What's great about it: When it worked, outstanding graphics.
What's not so great: Heat issues due to poor design and poor quality control
If anyone is considering the 200 series from nVidia, I would strongly recommend sticking with the 9000 or 8000 series until they fix the issues with heat and the design of the card. Having gone through 2 of the 260's and 2 of the 280's, the headaches aren't worth it to keep playing roulette with the vendor and hope you get a card that actually works as advertised.
When it did run, the graphics were outstanding. I could plow through any game at the highest graphical settings and it wouldn't even hiccup.
However, the con is, "when it worked". After a couple of days the cards consistently started having heat issues. Any sort of meaningful load on the card started causing it to overheat and shut down. Doing some research on this, I found this to be a fairly common complaint being stated about the 200 series of the nVidia cards.
I bought two of these to run them in SLI. SO far i have used only one and i can play Crysis at 1650x 1050 at 8x AA and no lagging at all!!I can't wait to get my sli bridge connector to run it in sli! I had a 8800gtx before and they are the same lenght but these one are 20% taller!! It almost touches the pipes for my cpu cooling fan! I got it when they were 15% off ($50) and that was nice but it hink the price should go down more!
What's great about it: I can play ANY game on maximum settings.
What's not so great: Make sure your power supply can handle it. Most OEM PSU's cannot.
I am outputting all of my games to a 32" LCD TV in 1080p using the HDMI adapter. Flawless graphics, always maxed settings. Can easily maintain 60+ FPS in games such as Assassin's Creed, Crysis, and Mass Effect. It is a little bit pricey, and the card is large, so be sure to measure your case to be sure it can accommodate this card.
What's not so great: Power hookup documentation could have been better.
I am a computer technician and still had some difficulty getting this card installed and hooked up to the power supply. To hook up the 2 - 4 pin connectors I had to splice in some wire so one of them would reach. You will also need at least one 6 pin power connector from your power supply or the card will not power on. I also now have a bios error at boot up "error initializing pci express nic". I can press F1 to get around it but now my onboard NIC doesn't work so I had to install a 2nd NIC for networking. No resolution yet on this.
What's not so great: need a big pc case, cards 10.5inches long
this is my 3rd BFG card ive bought and shes a beauty. right out of the box ive doubled my scores and that coming from a 8800gts. i run mine in dual monitor with ease, play lots of ETQW and crysis with no issues. all settings maxed and holds steady 60fps or more in any game. rememebr you will need a nice big pc case to sit her in and a power supply with 2 6pin molex, takes atleast a 550watt for high end system.
What's great about it: Has amazing graphics, and FPS for all games is GREAT
What's not so great: Took me 2 hours to install? Not really a con...
This is the very first graphics card I have ever bought, I was worried I wouldn't know how to install it or if it would even fit in my computer. I have a normal, regular comp that wasn't meant for gaming until I got this baby. To my surprise my small computer had enough room for this baby (relief). All I needed was to buy power supply, and I did, install the power supply, and then install the card. It was rather easy, and don't worry if you think you won't figure it out. I did, and I'm sure you will too to enjoy your ausome new computer thanks to this AMAZING card.
What's great about it: Amazing frame rates, excellent driver support even on Vista 64
What's not so great: Price (it has come down though)
I bought this card based on feedback from a friend of mine at NVidia, amazing card. I've not had a single issue with it. I'll be going to Best Buy tomorrow though to get some money back on it as it has dropped $120 in price since I bought it!
What's great about it: Very fast card, runs great and cool.
What's not so great: Bulky.
I went from a 8800 gts 320mb to this and man what a Difference. Im running crysis at 1680 by 1050 and 8x aa and everything on high. I only get a few hiccups. Cod4 I run full all max with 90-175 fps. Awesome card and very stable with the heat. Just wish I would have waited another week to buy cause of price drop :(
Nvidia has released the next generation of graphics cards. Even though I extremely disliked the price for this graphics card I think it was well worth it, only because I play the high end games like crysis. BELIEVE ME, if you are not a hard core gamer, an nvidia 8800 or 9800 will do just fine. But I warn you, make sure your power supply can handle it. Otherwise great product.