Tuesday, December 2nd 2008

Dual GeForce GTX 260 to be Officially Named GeForce GTX 295

NVIDIA would be giving its flagship consumer graphics processor, the G200 a refresh using the newer 55nm silicon fabrication process. With this, the company plans to carve out new SKUs taking the benefit of enhanced thermal and electrical properties of the updated core. In the pipeline, is a dual-GPU card based on two GeForce GTX 260 GPUs.

Expreview learned that the new graphics card is to be named GeForce GTX 295. NVIDIA is creating the card to regain the performance crown from ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, the fastest single graphics card in the market. The card will sport two G200b cores in the 216 SP configuration, although not much is known about the memory configuration and clock speeds, at this point in time. The card has already passed design phase and is awaiting trial production and testing. It is expected to be released in January 2009.
Source: Expreview
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98 Comments on Dual GeForce GTX 260 to be Officially Named GeForce GTX 295

#1
Tatty_One
Senior Moder@tor
Jan 2009 seems a very optimistic release date if they are only now looking at trial production.
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#2
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
That card is going to pwn hard. Hopefully they'll give it a nice beefy cooler, but none of that tripple slot BS.
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#3
smartali89
hopefully this will bring graphic card prices more down :D
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#4
newbielives
I can finally play pong at 10,000 fps :respect:
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newtekie1
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Only 216SPs per core? Seems like nVidia is holding back to me, or they couldn't manage to cool the thing with the full 240.
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#6
spearman914
newtekie1Only 216SPs per core? Seems like nVidia is holding back to me, or they couldn't manage to cool the thing with the full 240.
What do u expect? It's the same core technology.
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#7
SystemViper
Got to love the GPU wars, lets hope for lower prices, so i can get my second GTX280 :rockout:
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#8
SteelSix
spearman914What do u expect? It's the same core technology.
Was prolly thinking why not a 240sp dual card. Could be heat, more likely because it's all that's needed to beat X2. More breathing room for next release. Can't keep playing that game though nV. ATI caught you with your pants down...
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#9
Analog_Manner
By calling it the GTX 295, should we expect it to be 5.3% faster than a GTX 280? Or about as good as two GTX 260's in SLI?
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#10
spearman914
Analog_MannerBy calling it the GTX 295, should we expect it to be 5.3% faster than a GTX 280? Or about as good as two GTX 260's in SLI?
2 GTX 260 will pwn the 295 itself actually. And for the math, we need some benchies first.
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#11
CStylen
spearman9142 GTX 260 will pwn the 295 itself actually. And for the math, we need some benchies first.
What do you base that on? The 295 will basically include two 260 cores with a die shrink which could lead to higher clocks and/or less heat. Theoretically, the 295 will "pwn" two 260's in SLI anyday...

My very uneducated guess is that it will be slightly faster than a 4870x2 overall by 1-3%...
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#12
WhiteLotus
lets all just wait and see. But if it reduces the prices on the current 260's then whoop whoop!
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#13
TooFast
im sure by then ati will have a refresh of the 4870 X2:laugh:
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#14
mdm-adph
I must applaud Nvidia for picking a name that's not stupid. I still wish ATI would've called the 4870X2 the "4880" or something -- sounds more professional.
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#15
EarlZ
and the usual question, will it have more or lesser micro stuttering than the 4870X2 ?
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#16
Darkrealms
I think if they at least do a decent job at it, it should beat the 4870x2 by a decent margin. Again this is if the do at least a decent job with their drivers. Although the 9800x2 is still doing fairly well so maybe . . .

I'm all for it, it brings my GTX260 prices down : )

The only real mistake I can see (other than drivers) will be price. If they put this card over $500 it won't do well at all. If they don't have it down below $450 in 2-3 months after launch I think people will be mad.

Cooling, Nvidia has done alright with.
OCing, Nvidia has done well with.
One GTX260 is still a very formidable card. And prices aren't bad right now (not great but not bad).
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#17
Tatty_One
Senior Moder@tor
DarkrealmsI think if they at least do a decent job at it, it should beat the 4870x2 by a decent margin. Again this is if the do at least a decent job with their drivers. Although the 9800x2 is still doing fairly well so maybe . . .

I'm all for it, it brings my GTX260 prices down : )

The only real mistake I can see (other than drivers) will be price. If they put this card over $500 it won't do well at all. If they don't have it down below $450 in 2-3 months after launch I think people will be mad.

Cooling, Nvidia has done alright with.
OCing, Nvidia has done well with.
One GTX260 is still a very formidable card. And prices aren't bad right now (not great but not bad).
Agreed, I think it has to be realistically priced in comparison to the 4870x2.....ie 15% better performance....no more than 10% more expensive as an example.........although I very much doubt that!
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#18
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
It is most likely going to be the top performer, so we all know it is going to be way overpriced, why even hope it isn't? I just hope they don't overprice it as badly as ATI has overpriced the HD4870x2.
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#19
SteelSix
Scaling will be what makes one better than the other by decent margins. Still debated by some, but it's evident which offers better scaling...
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#20
Tatty_One
Senior Moder@tor
SteelSixScaling will be what makes one better than the other by decent margins. Still debated by some, but it's evident which offers better scaling...
It is but that still didnt stop the GX2 topping the 3870x2, that was not scaling, it was GPU power, but hey, things change.
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#21
Solaris17
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btarunrNVIDIA would be giving its flagship consumer graphics processor, the G200 a refresh using the newer 55nm silicon fabrication process. With this, the company plans to carve out new SKUs taking the benefit of enhanced thermal and electrical properties of the updated core. In the pipeline, is a dual-GPU card based on two GeForce GTX 260 GPUs.

Expreview learned that the new graphics card is to be named GeForce GTX 295. NVIDIA is creating the card to regain the performance crown from ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2, the fastest single graphics card in the market. The card will sport two G200b cores in the 216 SP configuration, although not much is known about the memory configuration and clock speeds, at this point in time. The card has already passed design phase and is awaiting trial production and testing. It is expected to be released in January 2009.

Source: Expreview
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#22
zithe
GTX 295? This mean there's a GTX 290 in development? D:
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#24
lilkiduno
wow, i would love to see prices far. because when that dose happen, the 9800 GTX+'s will be even cheaper, and i will probbly, finnal tri-SLI my system... that would be nice, if anything it would knock donw the price of the asic 260 to a nice price to where i can use my EVGA step up program!!!! so rock out to the release of this card!
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#25
PCpraiser100
lilkidunowow, i would love to see prices far. because when that dose happen, the 9800 GTX+'s will be even cheaper, and i will probbly, finnal tri-SLI my system... that would be nice, if anything it would knock donw the price of the asic 260 to a nice price to where i can use my EVGA step up program!!!! so rock out to the release of this card!
If so, how are you going to take care of those upcoming OpenCL applications? Consider a new platform.
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