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ATI Vs Nvidia!
ATI, the graphics division of AMD is working full force to win the battle which is going on between them and Nvidia, I know that right now Nvidia is the king when it comes to high-end graphics cards, their single gpu GeForce GTX 285 and dual gpu GeForce GTX 295 are unbeatable but ATI is taking the lead in mid-range cards with price vs performance ratio.
ATI, after cutting prices for their Radeon HD 4800 series has become very competitive for Nvidia in mainstream level.

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 VS ATI Radeon HD 4870!
ATI Radeon HD 4870 is a performance mainstream video card that performs close to and in some games neck-to-neck with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 (216 Core) video card and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 260 (216 Core) graphics card is available for around $240.00 whereas ATI’s Radeon HD 4870 card sells for around $210.00, so, price/performance ratio wise ATI wins here.
Nvidia recently launched GeForce GTS 250 video card and Radeon HD 4850 video card which sells for around $150.00 is the main competitor of GeForce GTS 250. Benchmarks seen over at internet shows that GeForce GTS 250 takes the lead in most of the games over Radeon HD 4850 and GeForce 9800 GTX+.
If you will compare GeForce GTS 250 to Radeon HD 4870, GeForce GTS 250 will left behind by Radeon HD 4870 in almost all of the games, so, I don’t think there is any point in comparing GTS 250 with HD 4870.
This battle which is going on between ATI and Nvidia is not going to over here because when one company take some action the other one does something in it’s reaction, so, expect more to come your way, it’s good for you. 🙂

GTS 250 Price And Availability:
At the moment there are only three GeForce GTS 250’s are available and most of them are available for pre-order, from three available cards one is from XFX which is a 512MB version with stock clocks for $149.99 and the other one is from Gigabyte for $179.95 which is a 1GB version with Zalman cooling fan installed on it and there is also a 512MB overclocked version from BFG available for $169.99.
These GeForce GTS 250 video cards are based on 55nm G92b, featuring 128 stream processors, these card require only one 6pin power supply connector.
XFX GeForce GTS 250 GS-250X-YDFC
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 738 MHz
Memory Bus: 256Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 512MB
Memory Speed: 2200 MHz
Shader Clock: 1836MHz

XFX GeForce GTS 250 GS-250X-YDFC

XFX GeForce GTS 250 GS-250X-YDFC

Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 GV-N250ZL-1GI
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 740 MHz
Memory Bus: 256-Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 1GB
Memory Speed: 2000 MHz
Shader Clock: 1850MHz
This card from Gigabyte is cooled by a Zalman OEM VF1050 cooler with copper fins and 4 heatpipes.

Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 GV-N250ZL-1GI

Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 GV-N250ZL-1GI

BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC
Bus Type: PCI-E 2.0
GPU Clock: 750MHz
Memory Bus: 256-Bit
Memory Type: DDR3
Memory Size: 512MB
Memory Speed: 2240MHz
Shader Clock: 1863MHz

BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC

BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC

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Nvidia high-end video cards, both single chip gpu GTX 285 and dual chip gpu GTX 295 with water cooling are reported to launch by two of the Nvidia partners.
Water Cooled GTX 285
EVGA is the first one to release a GTX 285 graphics card with water-cooling block installed on it. Though there is no design change in pcb they simply slap the water block on the card, despite the fact that it’s a reference designed video card it’s water cooling solution sure helps with better overclocking.
Clocks Of The Card
This card comes with core clock of 720MHz upped from 648MHz of reference and has 1GB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory which is clocked at an amazing 2770MHz which is default at 2484MHz and shader clock raised to 1,620MHz from 1476MHz. This card has 240 Processing Cores and at the moment it’s the best single chip gpu.

Evga GTX 285 Water Cooled

Evga GTX 285 Water Cooled

Water Cooled GTX 295
Now let’s move to dual chip gpu, here, BFG is the proud one to introduce a water cooled GTX 295. Alas it’s a reference designed pcb with default clocks, mean it’s not a factory overclocked card but a video card with a water cooling block from Danger Den installed on it, this water block covers GPU, RAM, voltage regulators, and I/O chip thus this graphics card works cooler than the one with Nvidia reference cooling solution, water cooling makes it a perfect choice if you like to overclock your card yourself, but still if you want a factory overclocked water cooled GTX 295 wait till the month of March, 2009.
Clocks Of The Card
Since it’s a reference card it’s both GPUs runs at 576MHz, it has total 1792MB (896MB x 2) of GDDR3 memory which is clocked at 1998MHz, shader clock is at 1242MHz and this video card comes with a total of 480 processing cores which is 240 processing cores for each GPU.

Water Cooled GTX 295

Water Cooled GTX 295

BFG has included two standard removable fittings, each for 3/8″ and 1/2″ inner diameter tubing as well as two micro removable fittings for “space constrained” Nvidia SLI setup, two tubing clams for 5/8″ and 3/4″ outer diameter tubing bundle with other water cooling accessories.

BFG GTX 295 Water Cooled

BFG GTX 295 Water Cooled

Availability and Price:
At the moment price and arrival of both of these cards is unknown, so, we should wait and see, you can expect to pay a hefty amount to purchase one of these cards.

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

Some Nvidia partners are reporting increased sales in last month than year 2008’s last quarter. This impressive change was the result of Nvidia’s dual gpu card GTX 295 and single gpu card GTX 285 release. Also Nvidia’s GTX 260 55nm card, 9600GT and 9500GT cards are selling well too, specially 9600GT and 9500GT 1GB versions are selling like crazy. Buyers prefer video cards with 1GB of memory instead of 512MB even though there is no performance difference at all and even if there is any advantage it’s not much noticeable.
But Nvidia isn’t stopping here, they have more plans and one of them is to rename their G92 series, which will rumoured to come next month on CeBIT 2009 trade show in Germany. First card to get a new name will be GeForce 9800 GTX+, it will renamed to GeForce GTS 250 and second card will be GeForce 9800 GT to get name GeForce GTS 240, you have been hearing about these mid-range Nvidia cards to get renamed, now next month you will probably see them, if the rumours are true. Though these cards are getting new names specifications of these graphics cards are all identical except for a new VBIOS.
I don’t get it, why re-release a video card that is already in the market? who would buy it? let’s hope they come with some improvements over GeForce 9800 GT and GeForce 9800GTX+ edition.

Nvidia PhysX system software Verion 9.09.0121

Nvidia PhysX system software Verion 9.09.0121

A newer version of PhysX system software has been released on 30-Jan-2009 and it’s verion is 9.09.0121. This new version is intended to take care of various issues with older version of the PhysX system software, 9.09.0010, which was released 13-Jan-2009 and comes included with official GeForce driver version 181.22 which was released 22-Jan-2009.
In particular it fixes the problems with some games, PhysX SDK runtime environment in multi-GPU configurations, installation and graphics accelerator related. There are some performance improvements reported in GeForce GTX 285 and GeForce GTX 295 gpu’s. These PhysX system software are recommended to use with EA’s pc game Mirror’s Edge for best performance and to get rid of random crashes.
Click Here to download Nvidia PhysX system software Verion 9.09.0121!

Nvidia PhysX Logo

Nvidia PhysX Logo

Nvidia has issued new PhysX system drivers version 9.09.0010 for its GeForce 8, 9 and GTX 200 series desktop GPUs as well as all AGEIA PhysX PPUs (Physics Processing Unit), even supports GTX 295 and GTX 285 which is going to launch on January 15th. It takes out the problem of crashing on some systems where PhysX is enabled while EA’s Mirrors Edge is running.
Improving of performance in some PhysX enabled games for GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 295 cards. It also take cares of the PhysX SDK runtime engine issues with multi-GPU configurations in Hybrid environments. These drivers have all the latest PhysX SDK Runtimes including the latest PhysX runtimes used in the latest game titles.
Experience GPU PhysX acceleration in many games and demos, some of which are highlighted in PowerPack downloads on http://www.geforce.com. Runtime ONLY upgrades the users with AGEIA PhysX processors. Make sure you install older PhysX system software such as version 8.09.04 if there are no PhysX system software already installed in your system prior to installing this update.
Supports NVIDIA PhysX acceleration on GeForce via CUDA 2.0 for SDK versions 2.7.3, 2.7.2, 2.7.5, 2.8.0 and 2.8.1 (requires graphics driver v177.81 or later). The PhysX control panel can be found in the Windows Start Menu under NVIDIA Corporation.
These are official WHQL Certified drivers and can be downloaded HERE

MSI N295GTX-M2D1792 GTX 295

MSI N295GTX-M2D1792 GTX 295

Post Update: Unfortunately even this card is not available anymore but you can get the EVGA GTX 295 Plus edition which is an overclocked card, ACT NOW before it’s too late!
MSI N295GTX-M2D1792! This is the only available GeForce GTX295 at the moment with these specifications:
Memory Size: 1792MB
Memory Interface: 896-bit
Core Clock Speed: 576Mhz
Memory Clock Speed: 1998Mhz
Memory Bandwidth: 223.8GB/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 92.2billion/sec
BFG Tech GTX 295 Model Number: BFGEGTX2951792E
Evga GTX 295+ Model Number: 017-P3-1292-AR (Overclock GTX 295)
Zotac GTX 295 Model Number: ZT-295E3MA-FSP
All these cards have disappeared from most of the e-stores because they are selling like hot cakes so order yours before this one also disppears.
MSI N295GTX-M2D1792 GEFORCE GTX295! Click Here to purchase!

GTX 295 is out, Nvidia’s third dual GPU card, following the GeForce 7950 GX2 and 9800 GX2 and ready to rumble with ATI’s champion HD 4870 X2, both are dual chip based cards. ATI/AMD choose the design of dual chips named R700 placed on a single printed circuit board (PCB). On the other hand Nvidia placed each chip named GT200 on it’s own pcb with a large heatsink and fan placed right in the middle of both pcb’s. So, GTX295 has launched and all the manufacturers have released GTX 295 cards, almost all of them have reference design except EVGA.

Evga GTX 295+
Evga GTX 295+

Where all the GPU manufacturers launched reference design GTX295, EVGA is the proudly one to bring an overclocked GTX295 to the market and this is the first overclocked GTX 295 GPU to hit the market. They named it EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Plus and it’s model number is 017-P3-1292-AR.

Evga GTX 295 Plus
Evga GTX 295 Plus

Product Name: EVGA GeForce GTX 295+
480 Stream Processors
1792MB Of 1ns High-Speed GDDR3 Memory
896-bit Memory Interface
Dual dual-link DVI, HDMI Outputs
PCI Express 2.0 Interface (Compatible with 1.1)
DirectX 10 With Shader Model 4.0 Compatible
EVGA Precision Overclocking Utility
90-Days Set-Up Program and Lifetime Limited Warranty

EVGA GeForce GTX 295+ 017-P3-1292-AR
EVGA GeForce GTX 295+ 017-P3-1292-AR

Specifications:
GPU: GeForce GTX 200
Core Clock Speed: 594Mhz (576MHz Stock)
Shader clock: 1296Mhz (1242MHz Stock)
Memory Clock speed: 2052Mhz (1998MHz Stock)
Memory Bandwidth: 229,8GB/s (223.8GB/s Stock)
Cooling: Active (with fan)

EVGA 017-P3-1292-AR
EVGA 017-P3-1292-AR

Even though it’s an overclocked card you can push it even further. To put it simply EVGA’s GeForce GTX 295+ 017-P3-1292-AR is the fastest card to this point.
Wanna purchase this EVGA GTX 295 Overclocked card? Click Here!

BFG Tech GTX 295
BFG Tech GTX 295

Nvidia’s GTX 295 has the power of two GTX 200 Series processors on one video card. Instead of going AMD/ATI route of placing two gpus on one board Nvidia sticks to their GeForce 9800 GX2 and 7950 GX2 design which is a dual-PCB design, each gpu on it’s own circuit boards and both boards joined together through internal SLI.

BFG Tech GTX 295 BFGEGTX2951792E
BFG Tech GTX 295 BFGEGTX2951792E

It’s covered in a black-matte finish with no design change it’s simply NVIDIA’s reference design that BFG picked for their GTX 295 they just slapped their sticker on top of the card. There is a blue light on left of dual DVI to inform you about proper power connections attached and a green light next to HDMI connector to signal that at least one display was correctly attached.

Dual DVI and HDMI With Two Lights
Dual DVI and HDMI With Two Lights

Weighting at 1,213g of same height and length as reference design with a heatsink and fan sandwiched between both gpus. Up on to the top of the card is six and eight-pin power connectors, next to six-pin power connector you can see their is a tiny connector for the S/PDIF lead and also a SLI connector is there.

Power And S/PDIF Connectors
Power And S/PDIF Connectors

Make sure you screw it in firmly to eliminate any chances of running into shock and vibration problems.

SLI Connector
SLI Connector

I want to inform you incase you want to run two of these cards in Quad SLI that these cards can only work in Quad SLI with Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit.

GTX 295 Quad SLI
GTX 295 Quad SLI

You need a 680W PCI Express-compliant system power supply with a combined 12V current rating of 46Amp or more to run this card (Minimum system power requirement based on a PC configured with an Intel Core™i7 965 Extreme Edition processor). This card supports PCI Express 2.0 Bus Type and it’s backward compatible with PCI-Express 1.1.

BFG GTX295
BFG GTX295

BFG Tech GTX 295 BFGEGTX2951792E card info:
Maker: BFG Tech
Model: BFGEGTX2951792E
GPU: GeForce GTX 295
Core clocks: 576MHz
Stream Processors: 480 (240 x 2) processing cores
Texture Fill Rate: 92.2 Billion/sec. (Combined)
Memory Clocks: 1998MHz
Memory Size: 1792MB (896MB x 2)
Memory Interface: 896 (448 x 2)-bit
Memory Bandwidth 223.8GB/sec. (Combined)
Memory Type: GDDR3
RAMDAC: 400 MHz

BFG GTX295 Box
BFG GTX295 Box

Package Contains:
Driver Disk
User’s Manual
Power Cable
DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter
S/PDIF Cable
HDMI Cable

BFG Tech GTX 295 BFGEGTX2951792E Package
BFG Tech GTX 295 BFGEGTX2951792E Package

This card comes with a BFG limited lifetime warranty that begins from the date of purchase. Products must be registered with BFG within 30 days of the original purchase date to activate the limited lifetime warranty. Limited lifetime equates to 10 years in all countries outside of the US and Canada. Products not properly registered will have the statutory one-year or two-year warranty, depending upon territory.

BFG Tech GTX295 BFGEGTX2951792E
BFG Tech GTX295 BFGEGTX2951792E

Purchase BFG BFGEGTX2951792E card-Click Here!

All the rumores about Nvidia’s GTX 295 card have been put to rest as Nvidia has officially released their GTX 295 and GTX 285 cards of enthusiast level and with the announcement of this new card, ATI’s HD4870 X2 has been dethroned and GTX 295 is the new king of GPUs. This fierce competition between Nvidia and ATI has resulted in continuously improved product offerings from both GPU manufacturers.

GeForce GTX 295 up and running
GeForce GTX 295 up and running

Review Of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX295 is the post on this blog where I posted specifications of GTX 295 card but I want to show you guys comparison chart of GTX 295 and GTX 285 cards, here it is.

GTX 295 and GTX 285 Comparison Chart
GTX 295 and GTX 285 Comparison Chart

Based on Nvidia’s GT200b chip this card has the power of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 GPUs on a single card, it’s a dual slot design with two Dual-Link DVI-I and one HDMI port, this card supports PCI-E 2.0 x16 bus and requires one eight-pin and one six-pin power connector.

Dual slot design GeForce GTX 295
Dual slot design GeForce GTX 295

It’s height is 4.376-inches (111mm) and length is 10.5-inches (267mm). This GPU can handle maximum temperature of 105C and it consume maximum of 289Watts power and minimum of 680Watts power supply is required to run this graphic card.

GeForce GTX 295 graphic card
GeForce GTX 295 graphic card

And the next one is the world’s fastest single GPU GTX 285 card, based on single GT200b chip.

GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 285

This card is also dual slot design and of same length and height as GTX295 but it has two six-pin power connectors with a minimum requirement of 550W power supply. This GPU can handle maximum temperature of 105C same as GTX 295 and it consume maximum of 183Watts of power.

GeForce GTX 285 Top and Bottom
GeForce GTX 285 Top and Bottom

Wanna play High-Definition videos? and/or Power hungry games? no worries these cards will blow away anything thrown in their path. Only Nvidia GPU’s are capable of delivering eye popping, jaw dropping NVIDIA PhysX gaming effects, stereoscopic 3D, and lightning fast video and image processing all accelerated by the GeForce GPU. Whether it’s experiencing a new world of realistic physical motion and massively destructible environments, strapping on your GeForce 3D Vision glasses to game in true stereoscopic 3D, transcoding HD videos in minutes to your portable video player, or rapidly editing digital images using Adobe CS4, the GeForce GTX 295 and GTX 285 do it all with mind blowing performance.

GeForce GTX 295 cooling fan
GeForce GTX 295 cooling fan

Supported Features for these cards are:

NVIDIA SLI-ready: Quad-SLI(GTX 295 card only), 2-way/3-Way SLI (GTX 285 card only)

NVIDIA PureVideo Technology-HD

NVIDIA PhysX-ready

NVIDIA CUDA Technology

HybridPower Technology

GeForce Boost

Microsoft DirectX 10

OpenGL 2.1

8th January was the date of release for GTX 295, it has an MSRP of $499 and GeForce GTX 285 will hit the market on 15th January with a MSRP of $399 USD.

After leaked drivers it’s time for official ones, Nvidia has officially issued new drivers, which are WHQL-certified drivers and version is 181.20.

These new drivers support GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9 and 200 series desktop GPUs which includes GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285 cards too which are GT200B chip based cards and fabricated on 55nm process technology. New ForceWare 181.20 drivers fixes some glitches from different games.

Some of the great new features are:

These drivers will enable Nvidia SLI technology on SLI-certified Intel X58 chipset based motherboards with all SLI-certified GPUs.

With these ForceWare drivers you can turn on Nvidia PhysX acceleration on a dedicated GeForce video card. You can use one card for graphics and another one for PhysX processing for game-changing physical effects. (Note: Nvidia PhysX is supported on GeForce 8-series, 9-series and 200-series GPUs with at least 256MB of dedicated graphics memory. This drivers package will automatically install PhysX System Software version 8.10.13).

Supports GeForce Plus Power Pack #2. Download these free PhysX and CUDA applications now! Nvidia has included support for the new NVIDIA CUDA Video Encoder with H.264 optimization.

Update: Unfortunately Ambient Occlusion is not included in these drivers you have to wait for drivers close to version 185 to expect Ambient Occlusion or you can use 185.20 beta drivers.

To download new drivers and to access the list of improvements and fixes visit these links:

Windows XP and XP Media Center Edition

Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64

Windows Vista 32-bit

Windows Vista 64-bit

Linux.