Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 250 graphics card simply launched, however its household tree stretches again to at the least October 2007 when the GeForce 8800 GT hit the streets. Constructed round a streamlined model of widespread G92 GPU, the 8800 GT identify shortly morphed into the 9800 collection to keep away from confusion, as a result of there was a fair earlier card referred to as the 8800 GTS. (You following this thus far…?)
Earlier than too lengthy the G92 GPU advanced to a slimmer 55nm manufacturing course of, growing efficiency and decreasing energy consumption, and it has remained squarely in Nvidia’s secure ever since. Actually, a minimum of seven of Nvidia’s playing cards depend on the G92 structure, with the GeForce GTS 250 being the most recent addition to the herd. This one is all concerning the finances whereas retaining the efficiency required to be an worth-acutely aware card for players.
Lengthy story brief, the GeForce 9800 GTX+ has been revamped and is now the GTS 250, however how does the brand new one stack up towards the competitors? Proper off the bat, it requires much less actual property for these trying to improve, shrinking from a lofty 10.5″ to only 9 inches. Because of the new board design, max energy consumption now sits at 150W, so only one six-pin energy connector is required);
Nvidia touts the core clock velocity at 738 MHz, and the reminiscence clock hums alongside at 1100 MHz. Two reminiscence configurations can be found – 512MB and 1GB GDDR3. Because the 1GB model is presently priced at Newegg at a slim $139 (Sept. sixteen, 2009), even probably the most price range acutely aware buyers have little purpose to not make the leap for the 1GB improve.
You possibly can anticipate the standard providing of Nvidia’s in-home applied sciences: Three-method SLI, CUDA, and PhysX. Twin-monitor help and Microft’s DirecX 10 full the package deal. So how does this all add up? Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 250 combines parts of earlier playing cards, provides a number of choices, and drops the worth. Nothing earth shattering however a great worth-level card.