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ZOTAC ZT-X26E3KB-FCP GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

  • 216 CUDA Cores
  • 896MB 448-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Eric S.
  • 1/4/2009 8:05:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheaper than other nvidia card makers for this Factory set Clockspeed. Good value, last upgrade was to a 8800GT more than a year ago. This is the next logical stop till at least late summer 2009. NVIDIA has the best software.

Cons: Drivers are as all others. Zontac Software Overclocking GUI is not how I would have presented/coded it, it does work thou.

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  • Kristy V.
  • 1/2/2009 2:57:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks beautifully

Pros: Comes with a great factory overclock and since it's the core216, it's 90-95% of the GTX280 performance for considerably less money. Supports Physx!

Crysis runs silky smooth on a mix of high/very high settings @ 1680x1050 (no aa).
L4D runs ultra smooth, same res maxed out with 4x aa.
Far Cry 2 runs fairly smooth with max settings and same res.

Cons: Expensive. 2 4850's in crossfire (when properly supported) will kill this card and cost either less or the same price.

Other Thoughts: This card is absolutely huge and heavy for it's size. Between the 4870 1 gig and this card, it is a toss up. Go for whichever company you think makes the better drivers.

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  • John K.
  • 12/10/2008 2:27:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSecond Review for SLI config

Pros: This is my second review for my second Zotac GTX 260 Core 216. Installed the second unit in SLI mode, configured the latest NVidia for SLI mode, and tested with several games. By maxing out all options (resolution, aa, shader,...) You can definately see the improvement over a single card. I am able to play all the games at the highest res with all options enabled without lags, all I can say is Wow!
Thank you Newegg, Thank you Zotac.

Cons: Somehow, Crysis locks from time to time after installing the second card. Not sure if this is a system issue or the game itself, I have not patched Crysis, maybe patching will solve the locking issue. This may not be Zotac issue since all other games work fine.

Other Thoughts: Zotac has released a utility called Firestorm to overclock this baby. This card is already factory overclocked to 650Mhz, so do not try to push it too much. You should be able to achieve 675 or maybe 700, I have not tried 700 yet. Even with both card overclocked to 675Mhz, the fans are extremely quiet.
With my Quadciore CPU and 2 video O/C'ed, My 1.2KW power supply have no issue.
Note that each ZOTAC card has 2 SLI connectors. It is b/c you can run 3 cards in SLI mode. Unfortunately, my XFX mobo can handle only 2. When using 2 connectors, use the connectors on the back of each card (the one near the PC bracket).
My Viper case cannot keep up with the heat even with 4 full case fans blowing in and out. Have to leave my case open. Thanksfully it's winter, extra heat is not bad in a cold season so no complains... :)

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  • CHRISTOPHER D.
  • 12/3/2008 11:39:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice card, great deal

Pros: This is a great card for the price and you
get a free copy of GRID. I have a 24" lcd
maxing out 1920x1200 on all games.I am
running an AMD 6400+ duel core, Biostar
TF8200, 4gb DDR 800 on a Modular
RX-630W PS with dvd burner, 4 fans with
light on controller, several usb devices
and zero problems.

Cons: I had to wait 3 business days, 5 real days.
Can't find any with the card.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have space, I had no
problem I could not easily fix. I don't want
to waist time tweaking my system I want
to play. I was up and running in 30 min.
Newegg is great as always.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/3/2008 7:02:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Very fast card...switched from a 3870/3850 CrossfireX setup to this single card. Uses less power on idle, is much quieter, and yet much faster. For me, with its recent drivers and price cuts, Nvidia beats the 4870. All the reviews talked about the 4870 heat/noise, so I went with the GTX 260. This card idles in my Cosmos S around 42C and loads no higher than 67C. Cannot even hear the fan. I had to open my case to make sure it was running!

The card is huge and heavy. It is built like a tank. My previous 3870 would bend slightly due to its overall weight and flimsy cooler, but this card is strong and rigid. No more worries about torqueing my PCIe slot or motherboard.

Cons: As has already been said but cannot be said enough...this card is big. The biggest card I have ever had. It is about 1 inch longer than my previous Visiontek 3870. I have a full tower Cosmos S, so it fits easily. However, if you have a mid-tower with middle hard drive cages like my previous Antec P182, I would get out the tape measure to make sure you have room:)

Other Thoughts: Comes with Race Driver Grid, which is awesome. Do not bother with the drivers on the DVD and download the latest from Nvida instead. I know this goes without saying, but consider just a friendly reminder.

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  • Justin P.
  • 11/25/2008 9:56:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Info:
Upgraded from two 8800GTs. - approx 1.5 times better. Now plays all non-SLI games as if it were my old setup and then some. For $240. I'm sold.

Gaming:
Crysis with Ultra High Config and Crysis: Warhead on Enthusiast both play Avg. 30 fps with a stock Q6600 CPU. Far Cry 2 - Ultra High Settings 35-60fps. ArmA - I can now increase the view distance on MP to 3000 and still get 30-60fps.

Hardware:
Fast, Quiet, Built well, Lower wattage than my old GTs in SLI

Cons: CPU is bottlenecking, need to overclock cpu or upgrade to hit 17K on 3dMark.

CARD IS HUGE!, I had 2mm to spare in my LEXA NZXT.

Other Thoughts: Tested with:
Q6600 (2.4GHZ)
2 GB DDR2 800
Antec 650W
1680x1050 Screen Res.

When this card reaches $120 price I will SLI.

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  • John K.
  • 11/23/2008 8:04:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressed !

Pros: GTX 260 with the new 216 Cores, my games became so real. I am now able to play Crisys2 on my 28" monitor at high res at 1900x1200 4x AA, it is still lagging a bit, but moving to a Dual GTX 250 in SLI should fix this.
This card can handle new games (in high res 1900x1200) such as CoD World At War, Need for Speed UnderCover, Crisys 2... however, some games may still lag.
Checked with Nvidia Monitor tool, this card is factory overclocked at 650Mhz (from 570). There are still room to OC if you wish, I pushed mine to 675 no problem, will try more later.
Silent, cannot hear my video card (but can hear my CPU fan).
Comes with a game Grid

Cons: Had to upgrade my Power supply from 650W to 1250W to run two OC GTX260 and OC my Quad Core 3Ghz.
A single card may require two power connections (6pins each). In SLI mode, you will need FOUR power connections. Ensure your Power Supply can handle this card. I guess the power problem is not specific to this card, but the GTX 260 core chip itself.

Other Thoughts: Installed this hugh card into my Viper case. Had to move my two Raid1 disks to accomodate this card also and for my next ZOTAC GTX260 Core216 (to be in SLI mode).
This card is by no standard "green", if you plan to overclock it with another same card in SLI mode, and you are running a QuadCore processor (also overclocked), make sure your power supply can handle it. Just two GTX260 OC in SLI can guzzle about 500W or more of power.
Never heard of Zotac before but looking at their web site and other blogs, they seem reliable and known elsewhere outside the US. I have experience with eVGA and XFX, but wanted to try something new and less expensive.
This card in SLI mode will beat the 4870X2 hands down. Don't hesitate, buy it !

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/7/2008 5:11:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTerrific Price vs Performance

Pros: Equivalent performance to Radeon 4870, while running much cooler, quieter and using much less power. Excellent visuals and performance, outscoring my old dual 8800GTS 640mb cards by about 35fps on most benchmarks. Also has nvidia's stellar driver support, running all of my games without a hitch.

Cons: It's freaking huge! I had to move one of my hard drives down 1 bay to make room for this card, because this card butted right up the hard drive, not leaving any room to plug in my sata and power cables for the hard drive.

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased a Radeon 4870 from Newegg, and while I liked the color vibrancy of the card, the high temps, high power usage, loud fan and complete lack of driver support prompted me to go back to nvidia. (Radeon 4800 series cards will not run Battlestations Midway and AMD will not fix their drivers to run it). This card performs on par with the 4870, AMD's flagship, while this card is nvidia's mid range entry. This card has far better power consumption, runs cooler and is much quieter, while pumping out near identical performance with better driver support. You can't go wrong with this card.

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  • Erik Z.
  • 10/27/2008 10:57:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMortal Man Cannot Fathom....

Pros: It plays Crysis at all high settings, 1680x1050 4xAA, and never skips a beat, eats most other games for breakfast. It also runs a lot cooler and quieter than expected. A very fast card, with so far impressive build quality, all for only $300. Can't be beat for the price.

Cons: The card of unfathomable size... I have a sever-grade full-tower ATX case, but it did little for helping me fit it on my mainboard, which is fully an inch shorter than the card. The card is _HUGE_. Be sure you have room for it, and plans to power it.

Other Thoughts: ZOTAC did well here. The GTX260-C216 (Yes, it's a Core 216, they really should have called it a GTX270) outperforms the standard GTX260 by a fair margin, nearly catching up to the GTX280 thanks to the raised clock speeds. I was upgrading from a heavily overclocked 8800GTS320 that cost almost as much post aftermarket copper heatsinks to keep it cool, and could barely believe the difference. It's not for budget gamers, but then, neither is PC gaming. I could say more, but the head-to-head review of this card against the HD4870-1G on TechReport kinda says it all. Read it, Buy it, you'll like it.

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