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PostSubject: Geforce GTS 250   Geforce GTS 250 Icon_minitimeWed 04 Mar 2009, 08:13

Yay, more 'new' graphics cards, it seems the new Nvidia card is a rebranded 9800 gtx, which was already a rebranded 8800gts???

Come on, give us some new stuff and stop sandbagging!!!!!

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Going by recent news you might think Nvidia is entirely occupied with thinking up new insults for Intel. This isn’t the case however, as today the green team has officially announced the new GeForce GTS 250, a mid-range card which it hopes will sway gamers away from ATI’s Radeon HD 4850. The GPU will be based on the 55nm G92 core, and will clocked at 738MHz with the stream processors running at 1,836MHz. Although we say ‘new’, that’s a term that’s up for debate with the GeForce GTS 250, as it’s almost identical to the GeForce 9800 GTX+. The GTS 250 uses exactly the same GPU running at precisely the same clock speeds.

If you’ve managed to follow Nvidia’s product launches for long enough, you might remember that the original GeForce 9800 GTX wasn’t new either – it was actually a rebranded 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS, albeit with slightly higher clock speeds and support for 3-way SLI and Hybrid Power. Eagle-eyed GPU fanatics will spot three differences between the GTS 250 and the 9800 GTX+. Nvidia is introducing a 1GB edition of the card as standard, and increasing the stock memory clock from 1GHz (2GHz effective) to 1.1GHz (2.2GHz effective). You can of course already buy 1GB GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards anyway, but this makes the 1GB cards an official spec.

The second difference is the new card’s physical form factor. The GTS 250 has a shorter PCB, which is 9in long as opposed to the 10.5in long 9800 GTX+. Finally, the GTS 250 also only requires one PCI-E power connector, compared with two on the 9800 GTX+, and Nvidia says that the GTS 250 has a maximum TDP of 150W. Both of these factors will allow GTS 250 cards to fit into more cases, while also maintaining compatibility with older PSUs.

Nvidia’s general manager for GeForce, Ujesh Desai, admitted that ‘a lot of people think that Nvidia’s trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes,’ with the rebrand, but explained ‘that’s not what we’re trying to do.’ According to Desai, the rebranding was the result of feedback from Nvidia’s customers, board partners and retailers who said that having two lines of GPUs (i.e. GeForce 9-series and GT200) was confusing. Desai said that the company had had ‘requests from our customers and our partners to try to clean up the branding, especially as we move her into the New Year, to clean up confusion that this is causing for some of the end users.’

Admittedly, naming the card the GTS 250 does make sense in relation to the GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295, but people with a 512MB GeForce 8800 GTS who go looking for an upgrade will be in for a very unpleasant surprise if they buy a ‘new’ GTS 250. GTS 250 It_photo_115269_26

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