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In a response to ATI’s price cut for their Radeon HD 4870 card, which is a close competitor of GeForce GTX 260, Nvidia has reduced the prices of their GeForce GTX 260, this is the price cut for their 216-Core 55nm-based GTX 260 video cards. Highly overclocked versions of GTX 260 are selling at $200+, mostly stock clocked versions and some moderately overclocked versions are available at under $200.

BFG Technologies NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55nm
Model Number: BFGEGTX260MC896OCBE
Rebate: $20.00
Price After Rebate: $181.58
Core Clock 590MHz (vs. 576MHz standard)
Shader Clock 1296MHz (vs. 1242MHz standard)
Processor Cores 216
Memory Data Rate 1998MHz
Memory Interface 448-bit
Memory Bandwidth 111.9GB/sec
Video Memory 896MB
Memory Type GDDR3

BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55

BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55

EVGA GeForce GTX260 Core-216 55nm
Model Number: 896-P3-1255-AR
Priced at: $223.45+FREE Shipping
Rebate: $20.00
Price After Rebate: $203.45
Core clock 576MHz
Shader Clock 1242MHz
Memory Data Rate 1998MHz
Stream Processors 216 processing cores
Memory Size 896MB
Memory Interface 448-bit
Memory Type GDDR3

EVGA GeForce GTX260 Core 216 55nm

EVGA GeForce GTX260 Core 216 55nm

These are just the examples of what is available at the moment, you go checkout yourself all the offerings available for GeForce GTX 260.
Lets hope that Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 250 get a reduction in price and start selling at around $100, currently it sells at price of $150.
GeForce GTX 260 216 Core is one of the best video card to be honest, actually it’s a beast, you run any game with this card and it will run them smoothly without any lagging, it’s performance will leave you with amazement, I highly recommend you get one if you don’t have one already, I think at this price point you can’t ask for more though you can greed for more price reduction but this is the best you can get at the moment, so, don’t wait, BUY one! this is the time!

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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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On March 3rd 2009, Nvidia has officially renamed their GeForce 9800 GTX+ video card to GeForce GTS 250 and this is the first gpu of Nvidia’s GeForce GTS 200 series and another card that is said to come from this series is GTS 240 which is a rebranded 9800 GT, this series of cards are based on Nvidia’s 55nm G92b core, Nvidia is schedule to officially rename its G92-based graphics cards series.
It all started with 8800 GTS rebranded to 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX get an overclocked version which is 9800 GTX+ in which Nvidia upped the clocks by reducing the die from 65nm to 55nm and finally it gets the name of GeForce GTS 250. Nvidia’s GeForce 9800 GTX+ was released in July 2008 with a purpose to compete ATI’s Radeon HD 4850.

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250

GeForce GTS 250 VS GeForce 9800 GTX+
I know the whole internet is full of why the hell is Nvidia bringing a gpu that is already in the market, yes, there is no difference in both 9800 GTX+ and GTS 250, but, GTS 250 has slight differences and the main difference is a new VBIOS, also Nvidia set the standard memory for GTS 250 to 1GB instead of 512MB and some of Nvidia partners are going to launch even 2GB memory version of this graphics card. Another difference is GTS 250 length, this card has a 9 inches long PCB instead of large 10.5 inches long PCB of 9800 GTX+. Another change is that GTS 250 requires only one PCI-Express power connector instead of two power connectors and runs at maximum TDP of 150W which is good for users with older power supplies that have only one PCI-E power connector. Beside this slight difference between GeForce GTS 250 and GeForce 9800 GTX+, both cards comes with same specs and features.

Specifications
Nothing to get excited because GTS 250 is rebranded 9800 GTX+, 9800 GTX+ is an overclocked 9800 GTX and 9800 GTX is a rebranded 8800 GTS.
But still I will list specifications here, GPU clocks for this card are 738MHz and Stream Processors are running at 1836MHz, it has 128 Shader Processors and Texture Fill Rate is 47.2 billion/sec. Standard Memory configuration is 512MB or 1GB GDDR3 with a Memory Interface Width of 256-bit, Memory Clocks are at 1100MHz (2200MHz Effective) and Memory Bandwidth is 70.4GB/sec.

Features
Some of the features of GeForce GTS 250

  • NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology
  • Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
  • 3-way and 2-way NVIDIA SLI® Technology
  • NVIDIA PhysX™ Technology
  • NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
  • NVIDIA HybridPower™ Technology
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support

Pricing
A 1GB GeForce GTS 250 will cost you around US $149.99 and it’s 512MB version will cost you around US $129.99. Whereas a 512MB 9800 GTX card is available around US $149.99.

Availability
These video cards are said to arrive retail stores by March 10.

News of Nvidia’s enhanced version of GeForce 9600GT are surrounding on the web. This new 9600GT will be called GeForce 9600GT Green Edition. What’s new in this card? it will help you save energy, it consumes less power that’s why it’s called Green Edition. Since this card consumes less power I believe it will overclock better because less power consumption means less heat dissipation and cooler operation. This card is fabricated on 55nm process technology just like original GeForce 9600GT.
GeForce 9600GT Core Names were G94-300/G94-309 G94-350/G94-359, it’s Core Clock was 650MHz, Shader Clock was 1625MHz, Memory Clock was 900MHz and power consumption was 96W.
9600GT Green Edition Core Name will be G94-350/G94-359, Core Clock will be at 600MHz, Shader Clock at 1500MHz, Memory Clock to be exact 900MHz as GeForce 9600GT and power consumption will be 59W.
Power consumption is a whopping 37W less than it’s predecessor, also this Green Edition does not require an external power connector and it’s voltage has reduced from previous 1.1V to 1.0V. Though all this info found it’s way to web there are no words when this card will be available in market or what will be the price of this product.

Nvidia has released their GTX 285 graphics card based on GT200b chip. This card is fabricated at 55nm process technology, it’s an indication of Nvidia’s transitioning to 55nm manufacturing process, first their dual-gpu card now this single gpu card. Unfortunately there are no backpalte on these cards because memory ICs of GTX 285 are placed on the front of the card so a backplate is not required. These extremely fast GTX 285 cards will tear through complex DirectX 10 environments and cinematic effects at ultra fast frame rates. With the announcement of GTX 285 graphics cards from Nvidia, EVGA revealed their three flavors of GTX 285 graphics cards, all these cards are reference based, the only difference from reference design is their stickers, here are the specs of these three SKUs from EVGA, but first start with their features:

Features Supported By GTX 285:
NVIDIA® 2/3Way SLI™ Technology
Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 and Shader Model 4.0 Support
True 128-Bit Floating Point High Dynamic-Range (HDR)
PCI Express® 2.0 / 1.1 Bus Support
2nd Generation Unified Shader Architecture
NVIDIA® CUDA™ Support
NVIDIA® PhysX™ Ready
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD Technology
NVIDIA® HybridPower™ Technology
OpenGL® 3.0 Support
Digital Vibrance Control™ (DVC) Technology
These cards comes with two 6-pin power connector converters, DVI to HDMI adapter, DVI to VGA dongle, SPDIF cable and some other useful stuff.
90-Days Step-Up Program.
Full Life-Time Warranty (USA).
10 Years Warranty (Outside USA).

Specifications Of Evga Cards:
EVGA GTX 285 Stocked Speed Card – Part Number: 01G-P3-1281-AR:
240 Processing Cores
1024 MB, 512-bit GDDR3
648 MHz GPU Clock
2484 MHz Memory (Effective)
1476 MHZ Shader Clock
159 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR

EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR

Interested? Grab one or two or even three for killer 3-way SLI configuration.

EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Superclocked – Part Number: 01G-P3-1285-AR:
240 Processing Cores
1024 MB, 512-bit GDDR3
675 MHz GPU Clock
2538 MHz Memory (Effective)
162.4 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR

EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR

Interested? Grab one or two or even three for killer 3-way SLI configuration.

EVGA GeForce GTX 285 SSC – Part Number: 01G-P3-1287-AR:
240 Processing Cores
1024 MB, 512-bit GDDR3
702 MHz GPU Clock
2646 MHz Memory (Effective)
1584 MHZ Shader Clock
169.3 GB/s Memory Bandwidth

EVGA 01G-P3-1287-AR

EVGA 01G-P3-1287-AR

Interested? Grab one or two or even three for killer 3-way SLI configuration.

Nvidia GTX 285

Nvidia GTX 285

GeForce GTX 285 Features
1.4 Billion Transistors
993 GigaFLOP Processing Power
240 Processing (Shader) Cores
55nm Fabrication Process
DirectX 10
CUDA Parallel Processing
GeForce PhysX
GTX 285 Details
What’s the difference between GTX 280 and GTX 285 (GT200b)? not that much expect few here and there, beside that both are identical GPUs. Number of Stream Processors are same for both gpus at 240. Core Clocks was 602Mhz for GTX 280 and for GTX 285 it’s 648Mhz, GTX 280 Shader Clocks are 1296Mhz and GTX 285 Shader Clocks are 1476Mhz, Memory Clocks of GTX280 are 1053Mhz (2106Mhz Effective) and GTX285 has 1242Mhz (2484Mhz Effective), Memory Amount is same for both at 1GB of GDDR3, Memory Interface is also same for both at 512-bit. This new card was introduced with NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 295 video card and it has become the fastest single gpu card by replacing Nvidia’s GTX 280.
With it’s smaller die size and 55nm fabrication process technology you get better performance and it takes less voltage resulting in less power consumption and lesser heat. The TDP (Thermal Design Power) (peak wattage) is now rated at 183 Watts compare to GTX 280 at 235W. And it requires two six-pin power connectors instead of one eight-pin and one six-pin power connectors. 3-way is SLI supported with GTX285.
At the moment price ranges between $379.99 to $429.99 for this newly launched card.

Nvidia GTX285

Nvidia GTX285

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.