- 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
- Core Clock 756MHz
- 2 x DVI
- 128 CUDA Cores
- PCI Express 2.0 x16
Good for the price 03/13/2009
Yes, it might share the same architecture as the 8800 gts through the 9800 gtx+, but this card does indeed have the new board layout and design. It has one 6-pin power connector as per the two connectors the g92 core based cards from the previous product cycle had. It is also a bit shorter (that's nice) than 9800 cards. Cards based on this technology used to run in the $500 range back when it was the highest end, now you can purchase them for a low price that keeps it very competitive with ATI's low range offerings. It is the 55nm version and it runs at nice temperatures. Performance is exactly what one expects from this architecture.
The con of the gts 250 is that is not based on the new, more efficient and higher performance core used in gtx 260 and 280. However, since those gpu's are absolutely massive (1.4 billion transistors on a 65 nm process) nvidia cannot offer them at a low price point without losing money. Nvidia's channel partners are already struggling to make a decent profit margin on gtx boards that follow the reference designs. This is due to the strong competition on price vs performance from ATI, which is very good for all of us consumers - by keeping nvidia on their toes across all of the product segments, hopefully the next product cycle will have some nice releases.
Anyone looking at this card could also consider a Radeon HD 4780 or an Nvidia GTX 260 if you are willing to spend a little more for the additional performance. Those are both great cards.
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