The XFX GTX 260 Black Edition is an incredibly impressive piece of hardware. It would have been nice to have a GeForce GTX 280 to compare this card to, but I suspect this card would give it a good run for its money. When you factor in overclocking, the GTX 260 Black Edition is an excellent choice for $329.99 at Newegg.com.
With the Double Lifetime Warranty, the XFX GTX 260 Black Edition carries one of the best warranties in the market. Couple that with the bundled game and this becomes quite a compelling package. Power consumption also was comparable or lower than that of the HD 4870, making price the only negative as the HD4870 retails for $90 less at $239.99 plus shipping.
At the end of the day the GTX 260 Black Edition is giving you near GeForce GTX280 performance for $70 less as they retail for $399.95. If you are gaming between 1680×1050 and 1920×1200, then the GTX 260 Black Edition is the card for you. Anything higher than that and you may want to look into SLI or a stronger card.
Legit Bottom Line: XFX pulls out all the stops with the GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition and gives you a graphics card that will play current game titles at mainstream monitor resolutions.