Asus ENGTX260 MATRIX/HTDI/896MD3 Pro Reviews
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"The ASUS ENGTX260 Matrix occupies the middle ground of enthusiast video cards. It's not going to be the cheapest, and it's not going to be the fastest. There are GTX260 cards out there with 1.8GB of memory, and if you want to get massive about overclocking the GPU, an extreme cooler or liquid cooling is a must. But unless you really feel the need to roll your own, there are more cost effective ways of getting higher performance. Benchmark Reviews is filled with reviews of newer, faster variants of the NVIDIA 200 series, and the latest from ATI if that's your preference. For a price point (TBD) though, the GTX260 acquits itself quite well, and this card from ASUS is certainly a well built example of the breed.
Certain applications, such as FOH, thrive on this platform, so it may be the absolute best choice for some. It earns a recommendation, primarily because it hits the mark it aims at, which is a fairly narrow segment of a fairly narrow market. If you are in that sliver of the pie, it's worth taking a look."
"Asus has put its resource into designing the GTX 260 Matrix from ground up with the unique dual cooling design, comprehensive software set, iTracker, and the voltage adjustment. The card has plenty of overclocking headroom as our preliminary test shows that users are able to achieve 15% of performance gain easily without adjusting the voltages. With a bit of voltage tweaking, it would be easy to get even better performance. What is nice is that Asus will offer a full three years of warranty even with the voltage modification so you can safely turning up the voltage without worrying that it will void your precious investment.
The trouble with the card is its extremely loud fan even under 2D mode. This is a shame though as the card would've been a perfect candidates for those who wish to push it to the limit with the voltage adjustments. But the noise would sure turn many people away. After all, an aftermarket fan should be able to keep a card running cooler at the same time quieter than the reference card. If Asus can modify the fan or offer a way to further reduce the fan speed to lower the noise under 2D, the Asus ENGTX260 Matrixcard can be the card to have for anyone who wants a card that has the most potential."
"The Asus ENGTX260 Matrix is a great option for all users who are looking for a high performance graphics solution at a reasonable price. The iTracker utility makes it simple for everyone from novice users to experienced enthusiasts to quickly overvolt and overclock the graphics card and thanks to the 3 year warranty coverage any worries about losing £160 can be brushed away. Never mind outperforming competing products such as pre-overclocked GTX260s the Asus ENGTX260 Matrix has produced performances in our testing that leave it ahead of the GTX275, a card which retails for £200 at the absolute minimum.
Asus have produced a card complete with great features and performance that enters the market at exactly the right price point to be a real winner. They haven’t skimped on the bundle either and have included all of the accessories you could need, including an HDMI adaptor and S/PDIF cable."
"While the performance of any two cards may vary when overclocking, this particular card was rumored to contain a much better lot of the GTX 260 GPUs. The only way that could be put to the test is to overclock it and see where it stops while keeping an eye on temps. In terms of overclocking, the ENGTX260 Matrix gets a 10 out of 10.
Regular GTX 260 overclocked cards $250 which leaves a lot of performance budget enthusiasts looking for something worth their hard earned money. If the ENGTX260 Matrix retails at the estimated $215 to $225 price tag, it’ll be the ROG videocard of choice due to its out of box performance, higher stock frequencies, overclocking capabilities, and non-standard GTX design. At that price point, the Matrix certainly has you!"
"The ENGTX260Matrix is a very interesting card for those wanting the ultimate in cooling for their video cards. Two fans allow the card to reach 650MHz by overclocking the card via iTracker. You get the ASUS quality hardware and software. Hybrid Cooler works as advertised, causing the fans to be idle when the card was idle. A solid bundle for hardware and software completes this package. It's interesting to note that performance on the card came close to that of the GTX 275 in some cases. Depending on what price point this card hits the market ASUS may have a winner."