Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
The EVGA is not exceptional in any of the 3DMark06 tests irrespective of its frequencies. Perhaps it is limited by the hardware configuration of the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216.
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all display resolutions to provide a full picture.
3DMark Vantage draws a completely different picture: the overclocked EVGA outperforms the GeForce GTX 280 and takes first place among all the participating graphics cards!
It is at the resolution of 1280x1024 that our overclocking is the most rewarding. The gap between the EVGA card and the GeForce GTX 280 shrinks as the resolution is increased. After all, the latter has a faster memory subsystem, and the higher GPU frequencies of the EVGA can hardly outweigh this advantage.
It’s different in the second test: the EVGA is somewhat slower than the GeForce GTX 280 at the default frequencies and equals it at the overclocked frequencies. The lack of texture processors seems to be compensated by the higher frequency of their operation. Note that both solutions from Nvidia are far slower than the Radeon HD 4850 X2 in this test.