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Inno3D freezes GeForce GTS 250 1GB

by Tarinder Sandhu on 3 March 2009, 21:10

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Today's release of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card, which is basically a GeForce 9800 GTX+ by another name, has been met with indifference by many of the people that we spoke to on the CeBIT floor.

Inno3D, however, has already chucked the reference design away and will be launching the GTS 250 Freezer X 1GB card in the next few weeks.

Shipping with a DHT (Direct Heatpipe-Touch) cooler and elevating clock-speeds to 760MHz core and 2,400MHz memory, the card should come in at around £150.

It's one of the few GTS 250s to feature the mini-DIN for TV-out, and it also ships with two SLI fingers for running three-way SLI, if you want.

Would you buy a pre-overclocked GeForce GTS 250 1GB for £150, or rather spend the money on a Radeon HD 4870 512MB?

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I wish nVidia would stop faffing around with re-releasing already available graphics cards as sales gimmicks and actually produce a new card when they try to fill out a new series. It's just starting to get silly and it's even putting me off nVidia. If and when I decide to upgrade my 8800 GTX, chances are I'll be going with a company that doesn't try to screw its customers for money in quite the same shameless way nVidia seem to be doing.
The press are all saying it's a re-branded 9800 GTX+…… let's not forget that the 9800 itself is practically a re-branded 8800 GTX.
Ok, some speed bumps and some (very) welcome power saving features, but swapping an 8800GTX for a 250 GTS would give you… nearly nothing?
And selling it for £150? Come off it nvidia, you must be really strapped for cash.
Come off it nvidia, you must be really strapped for cash.
Presumably the issue is more that they're strapped for technology? Which is intriguing - why can't they just sell mildly crippled GTX260s at a lower price?
I always thought the 9800gtx was a re-release of the 8800gts 512mb, with higher clock speeds, and in some models 1gb memory, and that the 9800gtx+ was the same thing with a 55nm manufacturing process.

That seems likely as my 8800gts 512 at 9800gtx clock speeds gives the same performance and again the same at 9800gtx+ speeds showing that 55nm doesn't make any difference performance wise, only lower heat and lower manufacturing costs, also considering the 8800gtx was 768mb, it doesn't seem like the 9800gtx was a rebranding of that particular card.
Picky Picky! But accurate, I think. The 8800GTX was a G80 core, whereas I believe the 8800GT|GTS / 9800GT|GTX|GTX+ / GTS 250 are a G92 core. None of which changes the fact that the technology is around 2 years old.

Does this mean that something is amiss with the new GTX core that means it's unsuitable for adaptation to low and mid-range products… a serious technological faux-pas if it's true, not unlike Intel's odd decision to use several different sockets for its new processor ranges…