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MSI GeForce GTX 260 DirectX 10 N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 896MB 448-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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  • 896MB 448-Bit GDDR3
  • Core Clock 655MHz
  • 2 x DVI 1 x HDMI (via Adapter)
  • 216 CUDA Cores
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16

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The HDCP provides a robust, cost-effective and transparent method for transmitting and receiving digital entertainment similar to DVI/HDMI-compliant digital displays. HDCP encrypts the date transmitted between the DVI/HDMI connector on the graphics adapter and the display.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Bekzod B.
  • 5/9/2014 1:34:29 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCrazy card

Pros: I bought this card on 2009 still working great and running all games. I love this card my best buy

Cons: None

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  • tim g.
  • 3/29/2012 6:28:26 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsKickbutt card

Pros: Fast, stable, solid workmanship

Cons: Large, Fan is loud at 100%

Other Thoughts: I've used this card for a few years now and it will still keep up with new games. I've been playing Battlefield 3 with it and it's still smooth at high settings

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/22/2011 7:22:30 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill working after 2 1/2 years

Pros: Excellent card all around, great job MSI!

Cons: none

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  • Daniel M.
  • 9/13/2011 7:49:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCard No Longer Working

Pros: Fast Card, Well worth the price when I purchased it. Runs everything I threw at it with absolutely no problems on the highest settings.

Cons: The card blows hot air into the case, having 2 of these sitting right next to each other in SLI mode is a cooling nightmare. I have never seen temps lower than 75°C.

A few weeks ago I tried updating the drivers and the system would not update them. Rebooting seemed to help but only 1/2 of the drivers seemed to update. Have other Nvidia cards and the same system build and not having this problem with any of the other cards or systems.

Going to cost me $45+Shipping to get the card fixed, almost want to save my money and just buy another card with a better warranty. It seems though right about the time the warranty would expire.. the card starts taking a nose dive.. why am I not surprised.

Other Thoughts: Depending on what happens with an RMA I might post a better review, but for now there are much smaller and faster and less expensive cards on the market than this beast.

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  • Shawn B.
  • 9/7/2011 4:53:10 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Card

Pros: Runs Crysis on full with no bogs.

Cons: Its been 3 years and been working fine until a week ago when i started getting glitches and lockups. Contacted MSI and they told me that the card was going out to send it in for repair since it was on the final year of the warranty which is only $45 +shipping.

SLI Support has been discontinued in the windows operating system

Also, this is a massive card in size. If you are running a highend computer with air only cooling i would find a smaller card. This card stretches from the back to actually rubbing against the harddrive bays.

Heat....with most amd processors they have a temp max of 70c and this card dumps the hot air into the case rather then intake from outside and dumping to outside. I have 6 fans venting my board and am running around 60c when playing. Thats not much leeway.

Also cannot update the drivers with out getting conflicts

Other Thoughts: Overall....I am disappointed in this card in size, cost, and sli ability.

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  • Daniel G.
  • 5/9/2009 8:07:18 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe shader clock is too high

Pros: MSI is giving you the best bang for your buck with factory overclocking to boot.

Cons: The default shader clock is set too high. I had to underclock it to stop the artifacts. The fan does not change with the temperature. The card gets extremely hot leaving the fan speed at the default 40% when rendering 3D.

Other Thoughts: I installed Riva Tuner to fix the artifacts and the fan issues. The fan will now speed up to 100% if the card gets warmer than 65 C. This type of control should have been built into the firmware. Without Riva Tuner this card would be unusable for me. I would like to see temperature based fan control like some of the other cards have.

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  • Wai Y.
  • 4/24/2009 1:29:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGTX 260

Pros: Like most great deals, it's fantastic if you iron out all the kinks. Luckily all kinks are spotted throughout this review site. Gotta love newegg's review/forum pages.

Bought this card just for GTA IV, and it's worth it. Performance yet very affortable (at least for me). GTA IV is notorious for it's inefficient engine, so the extra memory helps a lot. My old card X1950xt had 256mb. So saw a big improvement in games that requires lots of memory. All other games I play though don't see much improvement. Don't get me wrong, there IS an improvement, but like 15%-20%. And I'm talking about FPS games. I beat COD 5 at high settings with my old card and it was fine.

Another thought I had was, I wouldn't of bought it if I had to spend $150 for a decent/long term PSU. I've had mine for 4years and not one time did I worried about not enough power. PSU is one of those components I would spend a bit more on for the extra long life span use.

Cons: 1) Video Bios dont control fan well enough, so you have to get the latest nvtuner. I've tried EVGA's Precision, but it dont have auto fan adjustment linked to temperature.

2) I dont know if rebate's gonna come, but I'd be p'd if I dont get that extra dough back cuz I paid 15 for tax. Still not use to paying tax on newegg. But it's just price you gotta pay for living in California.

3) Big freaking card. I had a ATI X1950xt and this GTX trumps my old card. Had to take away my extra harddrive holder from my case.

4) Sucks up juice like no other. I know it's only 180ish watts, but it requires way too much current on the 12V rail. 36Amps is the recommended system requirement. Luckily my 4 year old Seasonic 650W power can support it. It's only got 38Amps on the 12V rails. I thought my two harddrives, DVDrom, and 120mm fans would take too much away. Oh, and like the others said, you need two 6-pin power connectors. PSU rated SLI or Crossfire have them.

Other Thoughts: The Nvtuner was a bit harder to use than what I'm use to. Here's what I did to create a automated fan profile:

1) Under the "Launch" tab "add" new tasks to launch. These tasks will be fan speed values.

2) Under the "Schedule" tab "add" trigger event to trigger tasks. These tasks would be your fan speed setting done in step 1. The trigger condition would be "gpu core temp" at a particular range. So for example, I have a task name 70% Fan. And there's a trigger condition that sets this task to on whenever core temp is between 45C - 50C. Took me a while that's why I want to share this, but once you tune the fan, this card is SWEEEEET!

Oh, and yes the fan is pretty loud above 75%. That's why you need an automated Fan Profile. Cuz you won't notice it when you're killing baddies and the core temp goes up to 50C and your fan goes up to 90%. My temp never goes beyond 62C with room temp ~24C. GTA IV runs at high setting now and Crysis Warhead is NICE!

-Formerly New Yor

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  • Stephen F.
  • 4/22/2009 1:09:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat a difference this board makes!

Pros: I got this card to build my new system around. My old card was a nvidia 5700 ultra and this thing just slaps it silly!

I got far cry 2 when I got the board and haven't benchmarked it, but I've got it at 1680x1050 on ultra high with a phenom 2 x3 2.6GHz cpu and it is silky smooth!

Not planning to oc the board more than it already is since I don't think I'll notice much difference with the current crop of games.

Looking forward to playing f.e.a.r. as more than a slide show!

Cons: Here's hoping the rebate comes through without a hitch!

Other Thoughts: Put this into the following system:
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL-S 600W
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
AMD Phenom II X3 710 (will probably upgrade later)

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/17/2009 11:30:33 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful Customer Service and Superb Graphics!

Pros: I love my GTX 260 card so far, just got it yesterday.
Card works great and it runs super cool (46°C idle with auto fan- 58°C load with fan at 80%).
EVGA Precision works great with this card.
I find no need to increase it's clock speeds any further then it already is but I have successfully got mine to the same speeds of the EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 SSC, I didn't see any artifacts or system corruptions at those speeds, which is awesome.
But just to be safe, I will stick with the stock settings since I've also found no incredible advantages with the increased clocks.
I do recommend you cranking up the fan to at least 70% to make sure you don't shorten your card's GPU life span by running it too hot for too long, you'll just have bear with the fan noise.
Another great bonus you get with this card: Physx. Adobe CS4, VReveal, Badaboom all work with it. I really love getting such beneficial technology for no additional cost.
This MSI GTX 260 is simply the best VGA for the money available

Cons: NONE.

Other Thoughts: I seriously considered waiting for the GTX 275 prices to go down or get mail in rebates, but after carefully reading at least 20 reviews about the GTX 275 vs 260 Core 216, I realized that at 1920x1080 the difference is not that significant to justify the $80 to $100 price difference between the cards.

No BIOS updates available for this card through MSI Live Update 3 or MSI's website to address the low fan speeds reported by some users. My current BIOS is

Don't forget to increase your video card's fan speeds before you game to at least 70~80%, it really makes a difference!

Download the EVGA Precision v1.6.1 from EVGA's website.

Have fun! ;)

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  • Matthias W.
  • 4/16/2009 9:02:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood performance, but possible issues with HDMI

Pros: Great price/performance. Awesome card to start CUDA development. Has double precision FP. Quiet and runs reasonably cool out of the box (55nm technology). Good Linux driver.

Cons: Sound problems: My HannsG 281 is identified as HDMI monitor by Vista - need to connect your card to S/PDIF connector on mobo or sound card, which didn't exist in my case. External Speakers connected to analog audio out stopped working as well on my Tyan S2895 mobo with integrated Nforce audio on Vista64. Solution: uninstall Nforce audio driver in device manager (remove from disk), then let vista install its default driver after reboot. This restores analog audio. Finally, monitor doesn't go to sleep mode any more (still unresolved). This seems to be a driver problem and applies only to monitors connected by DVI-to-HDMI cable.

Other Thoughts: Latest nvidia beta driver supports OpenGL 3.0 and ambient occlusion. Unfortunately they are not digitally signed for vista (yet) and not released for 64bit linux yet. Problems with sound and sleep mode in connection with HDMI monitors are annoying - fix your drivers, NVidia!

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