Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 and 260

No sooner had we finished our in-depth game benchmarking of this summer’s latest graphics cards and architectures, then the first pre-overclocked partner cards began to arrive.

Claiming performance increases of up to 12 percent, we decided to put these warranty covered overclocks to the test, and see just how much extra performance you get by paying extra for that bit more juice.

While we might have bestowed the ATI Radeon HD 4870 with a coveted excellence award, what is not so excellent is the degree of control AMD is exerting over its board partners, slowing the release of pre-overclocked versions of the Radeon HD 4870 and HD 4850, which are still a ways off from reaching customers.

Be assured once pre-overclocked versions of these cards do reach retailers, we’ll be doing a comparison ATI overclocked roundup too.

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