SolidlyStated recently completed its 3 part series of Solid Reviews for EVGA Nvidia cards, spanning entry-level to high-end gaming. Each article is packed with info. In this summary, we will pit all 3 cards head-to-head and aggregate the results for them at both stock and overclocked speeds.

You can check out those previous articles below. They are each 8 pages packed full of everything. They contain all the EVGA model numbers for the 3 chipsets, overclocking details, temperatures reached, Furmark scores, Far Cry 2 benchmarks, Crysis benchmarks, card features, and more. Lets not waste any time.

*My original % gains were incorrect and have been updated as of Aug 2010*

EVGA Nvidia Solid Reviews

Article Model Fab. Size Cores Length
GTS 250 512-P3-1150-TR 65nm 128 9.5″
GTX 260 012-P3-1470-AR 55nm 216 10.5″
GTX 470 012-P3-1470-AR 40nm 448 9.5″

Clock Speeds

Speeds are listed in MHz, of course. The overclocked (OC) speeds were the highest achieveable on stock cooling without having any crashes or graphical artifacts.

Card Core Memory Shader OC Core OC Memory OC Shader Avg. Gain
GTS 250 756 2200 1836 825 2454 2025 10.3%
GTX 260 576 1998 1242 740 2660 1600 30.1%
GTX 470 608 1674 1215 800 1920 1600 26.0%

Furmark Scores

Time: 60 seconds, Resolution: 1680 x 1050, Anti-Aliasing: 16, Windowed, Options: Post-FX

Solid Tip:Note that Furmark scores can vary greatly depending on the drivers used.

Card Stock Furmarks OverClocked Furmarks Gain
GTS 250 driver 196.21 2045 2246 9.8%
GTX 260 driver 196.21 2201 2837 28.9%
GTX 470 driver 197.55 4485 5547 23.7%

Far Cry 2 Benchmark

Game Resolution: 1680 x 1050, Anti-Aliasing: 4x, Fullscreen: yes, VSync: off, Advanced Settings: Ultra High

Card Stock Frame Total Overclocked Total Gain
GTS 250 1982 2113 6.6%
GTX 260 2158 3202 48.3%
GTX 470 4485 5665 26.3%

Crysis Benchmark

Game Resolution: 1680 x 1050, Anti-Aliasing: 4x, Fullscreen: yes, Advanced Settings: Very High

At these settings, the GTS 250 is not playable when combat starts.

Card Stock Frame Rate OverClocked Frame Rate Gain
GTS 250 13.0 14.3 10.0%
GTX 260 18.63 23.85 28.0%
GTX 470 30.0 37.6 25.3%


The GTX 260 Core 216 is an overclocker’s dream. It has the highest potential for improvement and keeps cool even under 100% load. A great card that did well under every test!

The GTS 250, on the other hand, had very little hopes of playing any game on high setting or at a resolution above 1680 x 1050. That’s bad news for gamers as most new monitors jumped on the 1080P bandwagon. What makes it attractive in this market is its very low price tag. If you are happy playing on medium graphics settings, go for it. This card is also 55nm now, making it a better board than the one in our tests.

The ‘Fermi’ GTX 470, Nvidia’s DirectX 11 powerhouse, eats both of these cards alive. If you combine the GTS 250 and GTX 260 benchmark scores, the GTX 470 is still higher! Unfortunately the same equation is true if you combine the price of the GTS 250 and GTX 260. It still carries a somewhat reasonable price tag, thanks to the GTX 480.

As I state in all 3 Solid Reviews, EVGA makes a great product, provides great services (register your card!), and has a very active community.

You cannot go wrong with any of these cards. See you next time!