Tuesday, February 17th 2009

XFX GeForce GTS 250 Pictured, Looks Familiar

Come March 3, and NVIDIA will have officially renamed the GeForce 9800 GTX+ to GeForce GTS 250. NVIDIA partners will have announced new SKUs based on the GPU throughout March. XFX on its part, seems to have made its GTS 250 accelerator ready, and it looks familiar. Chinese website IT168 caught an early glimpse of the accelerator.

The XFX GeForce GTS 250 series card will use a custom cooling design that looks almost identical to the company's Radeon HD 4850 accelerator. It features a 55 nm G92b graphics processor. Its clock-speeds are expected to be 738/1836/1100 MHz (core/shader/memory) for the base model, though one might expect XFX to come up with factory-overclocked variants. It holds 512 MB of GDDR3 memory across a 256-bit memory bus. XFX may choose the upcoming CeBIT event to launch this accelerator, after of-course, NVIDIA handles the SKU launch on its end of things.

Source: IT168
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16 Comments on XFX GeForce GTS 250 Pictured, Looks Familiar

#1
LittleLizard
i wonder if it needs 2 pcie connectors or just one as the evga non reference card
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#2
tcorbyn
When will NV get the message that their re-naming scheme is not working and just p*isses everyone off!
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: LittleLizard
i wonder if it needs 2 pcie connectors or just one as the evga non reference card
I'm guessing 1, like the EVGA card.
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#4
X-TeNDeR
Oh wow, XFX was the first to come up with the new PCB and specifications for this brand new line of cards. they are quick! only time will tell if this new card is worth something. :toast::laugh:

I'm gonna stay a bit more with my 8800GTS.. ehm, 9800GTX ehm ehm, before i'll upgrade to this next generation. me reckons its the best :D
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: tcorbyn
When will NV get the message that their re-naming scheme is not working and just p*isses everyone off!
The majority of buyers don't care, or even know for that matter. And most enthusiast's know the stickers on the card don't matter.
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#6
Selene
I agree with the above postes 100%.
The ppl that dont know dont care, and the ppl who this ticks off, are us, and we know better and can look at card specs to see whats what.
So in the big pic of things,it does not matter, and if they ever get it all laid out right, this name sceam will help the noob.
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#8
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
come on people names dont matter, its in fact smart on nvidias side, cos some people will think tis a new product, and really nobody is getting hurt becuase it IS still competitive, and the naming scheme makes it fit in easy with the newer series.

not to mention people like us know what the meat of the card is, in this case G92GT, so were not really being fooled, nvidia openly tell us theyre changing the name.

panties can be untwisted.......now.
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#9
paulm
by: wolf
come on people names dont matter, its in fact smart on nvidias side, cos some people will think tis a new product, and really nobody is getting hurt becuase it IS still competitive, and the naming scheme makes it fit in easy with the newer series.

not to mention people like us know what the meat of the card is, in this case G92GT, so were not really being fooled, nvidia openly tell us theyre changing the name.

panties can be untwisted.......now.
I know the name doesn't manner, but I don't like this sneaky marketing technique. The card runs a G92 processing unit whereas the 200 series runs a GT200 processing unit. Renaming it adds to confusion and is intended to mislead uneducated users. I don't believe there is any reason to rename the card other than to make it sound more powerful and trick users, neither of which is appropriate. :shadedshu

My 2 cents.
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#10
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
"Its clock-speeds are expected to be 738/1836/1100 MHz
only 738 on the core??? :roll::roll: my 8800GTS does 770/1945/1100 :nutkick::nutkick:
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#11
SystemViper
In some ways i think they had to rename the cards, the g92 chip is still a kick butt mid range card, I am sure they have the manufacturing down pat and now it's just producing profits, so why kill off an old but very good card, i still have a 8800gts 512 and it rocks, so from a marketing perspective the only way to keep it alive and still driving sales is to bring it into the future. I am glad it's still out there, it's a good deal for someone that doesn't want ot spend a lot for a good video card,

I mean who woudl buy a 8800gts 512 now, but a GTS 250 4sure, I bet they will make a bunch off that, and to me it's about the card. A 55 nm G92b should run cooler and that usually means more OCing so I am interested in the price, that is the make or break here.
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#12
dalekdukesboy
by: FreedomEclipse
only 738 on the core??? :roll::roll: my 8800GTS does 770/1945/1100 :nutkick::nutkick:
yeah, no kidding...I have 2 ecs 8800gts512's and I have them in sli clocked in at
803/2055/1122...but the gtx/gts250 whatever you want to call it does have memory that clocks significantly higher and generally the core goes 850+ from what I've seen so the stock clocks are probably pretty conservative compared to what is possible.
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#13
nafets
With every new rename, Nvidia can sell a bunch of the same old cards to an unsuspecting/uninformed new group of video card buyers.

It's certainly easier than developing a new range of (lower powered) video cards based on their current GT200b GPU...
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#14
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: paulm
I know the name doesn't manner, but I don't like this sneaky marketing technique. The card runs a G92 processing unit whereas the 200 series runs a GT200 processing unit. Renaming it adds to confusion and is intended to mislead uneducated users. I don't believe there is any reason to rename the card other than to make it sound more powerful and trick users, neither of which is appropriate. :shadedshu

My 2 cents.
I definitely understand where your coming from, and it used to annoy me until i realized, hey im smarter and more savvy with these things that your average user, i know what the card really is on the inside, this doesn't affect me.

they could have called the GTX295 "the homoerotic guide to having your butt pounded" and i'd have bought one cos its still 2xGT200 slapped together.
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#15
KainXS
by: paulm
I know the name doesn't manner, but I don't like this sneaky marketing technique. The card runs a G92 processing unit whereas the 200 series runs a GT200 processing unit. Renaming it adds to confusion and is intended to mislead uneducated users. I don't believe there is any reason to rename the card other than to make it sound more powerful and trick users, neither of which is appropriate. :shadedshu

My 2 cents.
thats what they're doing, and thats why I personally don't like it, it seems not to be directed at enthusiasts but rather just ordinary users so they can get more money.

like someone who has a 8800GT already, thinking the GTS250, with such an awesome name would be much much better

if they don't know any better why not rip em off,:ohwell:
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#16
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: KainXS
thats what they're doing, and thats why I personally don't like it, it seems not to be directed at enthusiasts but rather just ordinary users so they can get more money.

like someone who has a 8800GT already, thinking the GTS250, with such an awesome name would be much much better

if they don't know any better why not rip em off,:ohwell:
honestly if someone has an 8800GT, and is dumb enough to then go and buy a GTS240 of their OWN accord thinking its better, that's their own dumb fault for not researching what they buy.

and i don't know ANYONE who EVER goes and buys a new card on an impulse, especially just cos it has a new name.

buyer beware!
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