Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

The Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition – the world’s first

Galaxy has made it possible to effectively cool down the GPU of GeForce GTX260+ within a single slot limit, using a in-house designed cooler that utilizes a technology called “Vapor Chamber”. At only 14mm thick, Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ Razor Edition is the slimmest GeForce GTX 260+ in the world. The principles of Vapor Chamber is similar to the common heatpipe technology, a special coolant-filled cooper base contacts directly with the GPU, and quickly spreads the heat into large surface area for dissipation. In addition, the cooler also adopts a “full” metal design, with the cover made of aluminum, which not only looks beautiful but also helps in heat dissipation.

Source : Galaxy Press Release for the GTX260+ Razor Edition.

The Appearance

It looks neat – a single slot card as claimed but the card is very long.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

The small fan, reminds me of the one found on the Galaxy 9600GT Low Power Low Profile.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

Note the copper parts of the cooling system.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

2x PCI-E power connector.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

Solid Japanese capacitors.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

S-Video, HDMI and DVI output.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

I wonder if you guys noticed that the FAN on my unit does not have a GALAXY sticker on it.

The Bundle

– Driver CD
– Manual / Guides
– DVI to VGA adapter
– S-video to composite
– Molex to PCI-E power connector converter (2x)
– nVidia 3D Vision glasses

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor Edition 896MB GDDR3 Graphic Card Review

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

ProcessorIntel Core i5 750 @ 3.6ghz
RAMOCZ 1066mhz 4GB Dual-Channel Kit
MotherboardMSI P55-GD65
CoolerTuniq Tower 120 Extreme
Monitor20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power SupplyGigabyte Odin GT 550w
Operating SystemWindows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Driver VersionForceWare 191.07

The Performance

World In Conflict

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor31
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB32

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor50.8
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB56.9

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum at 1680 x 946

CardSnow (Average)Cave (Average)
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor62.856.5
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB43.360.5

Crysis

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor17.73
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB19.03

H.A.W.X.

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050, not using DX10.1 for mode.

CardAverage
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor42
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB44

Furmark

Graphic Detail : Maximum @ 1680×1050

CardAverage
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor11
PowerColor Radeon HD5770 1GB27

Operating Temperature

Furmark was used for graphic card stressing.

CardIdle (°C)Load (°C)Stress (°C)
Galaxy Geforce GTX260+ Razor384866

Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

– Load, Furmark was run for 1 minute at 1680×1050 with 4xAA.
– Stress, Furmark was run under the Stress Test mode for 5 minutes.

Power Consumption

A little more details on the maximum power consumption of the HD5770 based card.

System Power ConsumptionMaximum (w)
GTX260+182
HD5770110

Conclusion

I really got to hand it to the guys at Galaxy – the card maintained 40% fan speed (around 5k RPM) on idle and load and even on stress test, it was running at only 42% fan speed while temperatures are kept below 70°C on this single slot cooler.

Remember that the heat generated is still of a 182watt GPU but it’s really amazing on how the cooling system handles heat dissipation.

goldfries recommended

I’d still give this card a RECOMMENDED vote, however it is with reservation, seeing that the HD5770 card still consumes lesser power and performs similarly. It’s just that the GTX260+ Razor from Galaxy cools really well, great for someone like me who’s running [email protected] 24/7 (it’s a fast card for that too!)

GREEN CAMP vs RED CAMP – you decide. 🙂

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6 Comments

  1. hey, can post a pic of pacakage? like the connector ‘s photo? included 3D glasses in it? ….

  2. both are almost the same price range, right? I guess I’ll go with the red camp. DX11 rocks! Now I’m just waiting for HD5750 512MB to surface….

  3. wow ! that a very efficient cooling solution, is the fan noisy ?
    the test were on a open bench or a casing ?

  4. Author

    @kerry – do you really need that? 🙂

    @ray – if budget is an issue, the HD5770 is awesome. the Razor is like paying for GTX260+ with an awesome cooler.

    @frostie – fan not noisy. tests were in a casing, i don’t believe it doing benchies and such in OPEN setup as it’s not the NORMAL setup for PCs to be opened. 🙂 PLUS it’ll also show how the system truly performs in an actual environment.



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