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Zotac Beefs-Up GeForce GTX 200 with 15 Phase VRM Design

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  1. btarunr

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    Armed with a creative engineering department, Zotac is in the news for innovating a new graphics card PCB design every now and then. For NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 200 series alone, the firm developed several performance and value oriented PCB designs. It decided to up the ante with a new single-GPU PCB design that is compatible with all GTX 200 series GPUs from NVIDIA, and is out with a GeForce GTX 260-based model out for the Chinese market. The new PCB focuses on strong power circuitry that allow high stability for overclocking. The 12-layered PCB is jam-packed with high-grade power circuitry, which ensures the GeForce GTX 260 GPU runs at 800 MHz out of the box, with even more overclocking headroom to spare.

    To begin with, the vGPU portion consists of a lavish 12-phase digital PWM circuit with Renesas LFPAK MOSFETs, BL high-capacity PWM chokes, and Panasonic SP-CAP, flatbed capacitors and a dedicated VRM controller. The vMem portion has a 3-phase power circuit that uses the same kinds of components as the vGPU, and has its own VRM controller. The PCB draws auxiliary power from PCI-E 8 + 6 pin connectors. It holds place for two more memory chips indicating that the same PCB could be used for a GeForce GTX 285 based SKU in the future. On the outputs front, a DVI-D, HDMI, and D-Sub make for the card's connectivity. The new Zotac GeForce GTX 260 model will be cooled by an Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme GTX cooler. It is made exclusive for the Chinese market, with a price of RMB 1399 (US $205). Technical data from its electical-testing can be viewed here.

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    Looks pretty extreme. Why don't they make huge cards like these normally? I certainly don't care, I have too much room in my case :p
     
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    newtekie1 Semi-Retired Folder

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    That card looks sexy! I really want to see what it can do with a GTX285 or GTX275 core.

    Odd choice on outputs though, why put a VGA port on such a high end card?
     
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    dont worry they have enough time to slap an ugly cooler on it. lol
     
  5. btarunr

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    AC Accelero Extreme GTX is subjectively not ugly.
     
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    Wow, can't wait for benchmarks...

    China only though?
     
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    we can add an ugly one :))
     
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    Yes, China only. Time to make friends with the Chinese if you want one.
     
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    Looks like a very nice PCB.
     
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    I wonder if they can produce a 900-950Mhz core GTX285
     
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    What they do, go oh bollocks we've run out of PCB space? :roll:
     
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    that would be a really nice card!
     
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    so can this go 1.101 ghz? ^^
     
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    nah the 1.1 ghz was hipro's and he did 7 diff mods to it which is insane to get that, not just add stuff for voltage stability ;)
     
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    I really do not get it.
    High end stuff and they make it a GTX260, with an 8-pin + 6-pin???

    Why not an GTX285, and slap 2gb of ram on it while your at it.
     
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    Look at the board. Its physically ready for the higher end chips. They just have to make the cards.
     
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    It's 12 for vGPU and 2+1 for memory. Total 15 phases, not 18.
     
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    ehh, this will be a relic soon, 300GT anyone ?
     
  19. btarunr

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    Yes! 300GT

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    Isnt that a 3000GT?
     
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    Zotac makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when they do stuff like this.
     
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    exclusive for the chinese market? why?
     
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    Because we chinese people are made of win :toast::toast:
     
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    I agree whole heartedly with FreedomEclipse
    (as long as he'll ship a 285 of these babies my way :p)


    :laugh:
     
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    That's so ugly it looks good :D And yes, I'd want one. Well I'd need just the PCB I have the rest. I mean 'how hard can it be' to solder my core and memory there :p
     

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