XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX Video Card Review

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Introduction (Cont’d)

We removed the video card cooler to take a look. As you can see in Figure 5, the cooler base is made of copper, using several copper heat-pipes to connect the base to the aluminum fins.

XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXXFigure 5: Video card cooler.

In Figure 6, you can see the video card without its cooler. It uses fourteen 512-Mbit Hynix H5RS5223CFR-N0C GDDR3 chips, making its 896 MB memory (512 Mbits x 14 = 896 MB). These chips can officially work up to 1 GHz or 2 GHz DDR. On this video card the memories were running at 1.15 GHz or 2.3 GHz DDR, so the memory was working overclocked, 15% over its official maximum clock rate.

XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX Figure 6: XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX with its cooler removed.

XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX Figure 7: GeForce GTX 260 chip.

In Figure 8, you can see all accessories and CDs/DVDs that come with this video card. This video card comes with the full version of Call of Duty 4, a USD 50 value. With the accessories that come with this card you can convert the video output to VGA and component video, plus the DVI and S-Video connectors already present on the product.

XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX Figure 8: Accessories.

Now let’s compare the XFX GeForce GTX 260 640M XXX specifications to its main competitors.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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