Power Consumption and Conclusions
While the GeForce GTX 260+ is definitely a better performer than the HD 5770 in all cases but one, the power consumption on the HD 5770 is much more impressive. If you don’t mind the 50 watts of additional power consumption (and with it, heat) though, the added performance of the Galaxy Razor card is impressive.
The performance of the Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ Razor card isn’t any different than your standard run of the mill GTX 260+ card – but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For the price the performance of the GTX 260+ GPU is still pretty impressive. In my testing the Razor card was able to hold its own with the new Radeon HD 5770 graphics cards in every single test, taking the wins in every game but Far Cry 2 (where it tied basically).
The primary feature of the Galaxy card is obviously the new custom cooler that Galaxy built to squeeze the GTX 260+ GPU into a single slot air cooled design. This definitely allows some more flexibility for users and is a nice card to see in today’s market where even AMD’s $99 GPUs are coming in with dual slots! Big props go out to Galaxy for coming up with something unique for the NVIDIA side of things.
There a couple of feature gripes from me though. First, I would have liked to have seen dual DVI outputs with an included DVI-to-HDMI converter rather than forcing the customer to find an adaptor the other direction. Also, the fact that the clips were difficult to insert from our power supply to the GTX 260+ card because of the aluminum frame indicates some more basic QA should be done on their end. Neither of these complaints are deal breakers though in my mind, but I wanted to make sure our readers had all the facts.
Pricing and Availability
Galaxy isn’t 100% firm on the pricing of the new Razor edition GTX 260+, but they are thinking the price will be between $199 and $220 when it becomes available. That will definitely put it at the high end of the GTX 260+ spectrum as Galaxy’s own base level GTX 260+ will run you just about $165 on Newegg. Other highly overclocked offerings are also available from EVGA, BFG and others at that same $220-ish price point, but you don’t get the custom single-slot cooling design obviously.
The Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ Razor offers a unique spin the now classic graphics card from NVIDIA. Being able to fit the power of the GTX 260+ GPU into a single slot air cooler design is definitely an engineering feat that should appeal to quite a few gamers out there and maybe even a select few HTPC builders. Performance for the price was also impressive as it left the Radeon HD 5770 well behind in all of our testing. There were a couple of minor issues we had to deal with but once you get past those the Galaxy GTX 260+ Razor is a great GPU for today’s gamer.