Thursday, March 11th 2010

Galaxy Dual GTS 250 Accelerator Tested

Galaxy's graphics card in the works that uses two GeForce GTS 250 GPUs has finally taken shape. Galaxy designed this card out of NVIDIA's specifications, from scratch. The company also designed a cooler that uses two GPU heatsinks, each with spirally-projecting aluminum fins, with its own 80 mm fan, and a heatsink over other parts of the card such as memory and VRM. The card draws power from two 6-pin power connectors. It has 512 MB of GDDR3 memory per GPU.

Out of the box, the card comes with clock speeds of 600/1500/1000 MHz (core/shader/memory). With the bundled Galaxy Magic Panel HD software, it can be overclocked further. In a certain test, clock speeds of 675/1000/1696 MHz were used. A 3DMark Vantage run with Performance preset yielded a score of P13964. In the pictures, the piece of PCB sticking out next to the PCI-Express interface is a rudimentary spacer. It won't be present on retail cards.

Source: Expreview
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52 Comments on Galaxy Dual GTS 250 Accelerator Tested

#1
KainXS
newtekie1 said:

I'm sure you've been around here long enough to know that GPU-z labels all the G92 cores are 65nm, as it has no way of telling the difference.
shhhhhh don't tell em

always ruining my fun
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#2
roast
In fairness, I think its a nice idea for a budget card... or a fairly powerful Phsyx card.

Ridiculous that it has no SLI feature though.
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#3
TIGR
btarunr said:
Since, TIGR responded with "That's a shame!", I'm inclined to believe that he requires Quad-SLI. And SLI over PCI-E bus doesn't work for G92 cards.
Haha I don't require it ... I just like to be able to put as much of the GPU power I've got at my disposal to work at once, when I switch from Folding to gaming for a bit. I should really benchmark the difference between two-way and quad SLI. Common knowledge says it doesn't scale well at all.
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#4
Mussels
Moderprator
512MB? useless. anyone who needs extra GPU power of a dual GPU card, isnt going to want to run at a resolution that 512MB can handle...


this card is 2 years too late.
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#5
SeanG
That card gets about thye same score in vantage as my 260 and I paid $169 onsale,so if its more than that it aint worth it.:)
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#6
newtekie1
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Mussels said:
512MB? useless. anyone who needs extra GPU power of a dual GPU card, isnt going to want to run at a resolution that 512MB can handle...


this card is 2 years too late.
512MB is more than enough for anything up to 1080p.

SeanG said:
That card gets about thye same score in vantage as my 260 and I paid $169 onsale,so if its more than that it aint worth it.:)
Too bad this card is going to outperform your 260 in pretty much all real world games...
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#7
SeanG
[QUOTE=Too bad this card is going to outperform your 260 in pretty much all real world games.




First you have to actually get one.You know anybody that bought a Galaxy 260+ razor edition?
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#8
newtekie1
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SeanG said:
First you have to actually get one.You know anybody that bought a Galaxy 260+ razor edition?
You mean one of those cards with a single slot cooler, and stock clock speeds?

Yeah, I've played with one...I stand by my statement. This card performs at GTX275 level both stock, yes the GTX260 can overclock to beyond those speeds, but both the GTX275 and this GTS250 can overclock also...
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#9
SeanG
Well you must of got one from a tester from galaxy because I have never seen one for sale anywhere on the web.
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#10
zithe
SeanG said:
Well you must of got one from a tester from galaxy because I have never seen one for sale anywhere on the web.
Ever heard of a 9800GX2? Basically the same card and came out a couple years ago. The GTX 280 had a hard time with it. This card can potentially be faster than the 9800 due to the shrink (better OC).
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#11
newtekie1
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zithe said:
Ever heard of a 9800GX2? Basically the same card and came out a couple years ago. The GTX 280 had a hard time with it. This card can potentially be faster than the 9800 due to the shrink (better OC).
Yep, the 9800GX2 and this GTS250 will perform identically.
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#12
TIGR
Because I saw it brought up—my 9800GX2s with only 512MB of usable memory play my games fine at 1920x1200. I would like to be able to double that memory, but for the right price, another card with dual G92s (especially with the die shrink) would be a nice option. And what with all the excess G92s that seem to be hanging around, hopefully their is adequate incentive to price the card very competitively. I'm not saying they will, just saying they could, and all these G92s could be put to good use.
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#13
kaosII
TIGR said:
Because I saw it brought up—my 9800GX2s with only 512MB of usable memory play my games fine at 1920x1200. I would like to be able to double that memory, but for the right price, another card with dual G92s (especially with the die shrink) would be a nice option. And what with all the excess G92s that seem to be hanging around, hopefully their is adequate incentive to price the card very competitively. I'm not saying they will, just saying they could, and all these G92s could be put to good use.
One would hope that with NV's new cards out, that would push down the prices. But, as of today Galaxy (not one of NV's top selling partners) at least in USA, is still charging 150.00 for a 250Gts at newegg. There is a rebate, but that is if you actually recieve it.
I personally have no knowledge of Galaxy cards, have never bought one. Anyone care to tell me if they are any good. If so, and if this where set at the 150.00-170.00 I think it woould be great.
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#14
cowie
newtekie1 said:
Yep, the 9800GX2 and this GTS250 will perform identically.
the slight lead in perormance may go to the 250's if it comes with good ram.
ram on both my base evga 250's easly go 1300.
my gx2 or 98gtx,+ never came with ram rated that high,althuogh the cores ran the same on the 98gtx+ (820-840) as the 250's with same stock volts of 1.18 3d.
now that brings us back to the gx2,which came with 1.15v 3d. if they give the 250x2 1.15v
it will run the same speed,if its cooled betterl on the single pcb maybe alittle faster o/c's.

anyway what i'm trying to say is if the 250x2 comes with fast ram it will be slightly faster then the gx2.

and on the other hand it does not look like you can use riva for I2C to add volts on this 250x2
as for price
how could you think it would be much lower then $250 usd? you cant get a set of 88gtx's on ebay for much less then $200 now a days.:slap:

i just want to rent this card a few days :D
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#15
tigger
I'm the only one
I'd also like to say my single 4870 is fine at 1920x1080 with 512mb.


This card is ok if the price is right.
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#16
wiak
why get this?
get a HD 5850 or 5870
no point of ancient technology based on a G92 core from 2008...
its basicly a 9800 GX2 with a new name nothing else nothing NEW at all
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
wiak said:
why get this?
get a HD 5850 or 5870
no point of ancient technology based on a G92 core from 2008...
its basicly a 9800 GX2 with a new name nothing else nothing NEW at all
it has less ram. thats a total win, right?
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#18
Kantastic
cowie said:
the slight lead in perormance may go to the 250's if it comes with good ram.
ram on both my base evga 250's easly go 1300.
my gx2 or 98gtx,+ never came with ram rated that high,althuogh the cores ran the same on the 98gtx+ (820-840) as the 250's with same stock volts of 1.18 3d.
now that brings us back to the gx2,which came with 1.15v 3d. if they give the 250x2 1.15v
it will run the same speed,if its cooled betterl on the single pcb maybe alittle faster o/c's.

anyway what i'm trying to say is if the 250x2 comes with fast ram it will be slightly faster then the gx2.

and on the other hand it does not look like you can use riva for I2C to add volts on this 250x2
as for price
how could you think it would be much lower then $250 usd? you cant get a set of 88gtx's on ebay for much less then $200 now a days.:slap:

i just want to rent this card a few days :D
It's funny you mention Galaxy because a few months ago Galaxy was selling these cards like hotcakes for $40 after an $80 rebate. ;)
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#20
JrRacinFan
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Bo$$ said:
internal SLI?
Even at that most it could do would be Tri SLI. Tri SLI barely offers any benefit anyway. =/
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#21
Unregistered
TIGR said:
If I can find it for $125 I'll replace my 9800GX2s (and a couple other cards) with it.
What do you mean!? They are the same renamed GPU's!
#22
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Bo$$ said:
internal SLI?
Yes, the two GPUs have an internal SLI, but the card itself can't have an SLI with another of its kind (like 9800 GX2 QuadSLI).
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#23
Bo$$
Lab Extraordinaire
btarunr said:
Yes, the two GPUs have an internal SLI, but the card itself can't have an SLI with another of its kind (like 9800 GX2 QuadSLI).
i meant SLI between two separate cards without the SLI bridge?
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#24
kaosII
Bo$$ said:
i meant SLI between two separate cards without the SLI bridge?
I think I understand. I can't remember how long ago, but I do recall reading about "Software SLI"???? not positive though. Where the cards do run SLI w/out the bridge, but don't scale quite as well.
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
kaosII said:
I think I understand. I can't remember how long ago, but I do recall reading about "Software SLI"???? not positive though. Where the cards do run SLI w/out the bridge, but don't scale quite as well.
it only works on the low end cards with no bridge. It wont work on these cards - quad SLI requires a bridge
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