Tuesday, February 17th 2009

Galaxy Releases GeForce GTX 260+ Non-Reference Card, Changes Cooling Specifications

Galaxy finally pushed its self-designed GeForce GTX 260+ graphics card to retail. The card surfaced earlier this month, in a pre-release appearance with a completely different GPU cooler (read here). The pre-release iteration featured PC-Cooler HP4-1226. As we found out during the course of the discussion, the said cooler was too large to be sold with the card, as it would probably span across four or more expansion slots.

Galaxy made the release-grade card a bit more retail-friendly by using a slightly modified Accelero Twin-Turbo cooler made by Arctic Cooling. The new cooler keeps the footprint of this card within three expansion slots. The Galaxy GeForce GTX 260+ features factory-overclocked parameters, of 625/1350/1050 MHz (core/shader/memory), a 7% overclock over the reference speeds. It uses the 55 nm G200b core, with 216 stream processors and 896 MB of GDDR3 memory. Interestingly, the card bundles Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner overclocking software, as against the Magic Panel software the pre-release iteration was spotted with, by Chinese media.

Source: VR-Zone
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32 Comments on Galaxy Releases GeForce GTX 260+ Non-Reference Card, Changes Cooling Specifications

#1
OnBoard
alexp999: if you read my post #4 it pretty much says how it's done.

The inner holes around the core are used for the GPU brace, that was in with 8800GTX/ultra, not present in 9800GTX or 65nm G200. Back again with 55nm G200 as they don't have the back plate to support
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those inner holes should be the same distance as 4800/9800 series and similar regular mounting holes.
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alexp999
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OnBoard said:
alexp999: if you read my post #4 it pretty much says how it's done.

The inner holes around the core are used for the GPU brace, that was in with 8800GTX/ultra, not present in 9800GTX or 65nm G200. Back again with 55nm G200 as they don't have the back plate to support
with

without


those inner holes should be the same distance as 4800/9800 series and similar regular mounting holes.
So do I have both sets of holes on my GTX260 then?
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OnBoard
alexp999 said:
So do I have both sets of holes on my GTX260 then?
Yep. If it's the new 55nm you should see on the backside if it has the GPU brace in place. Then you can't obviously use them, unless you remove it.

edit: fits new GTX 260 has the brace on, those 8 small screws that go around the core:
http://forums.techpowerup.com/showpost.php?p=1216057&postcount=1201
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alexp999
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OnBoard said:
Yep. If it's the new 55nm you should see on the backside if it has the GPU brace in place. Then you can't obviously use them, unless you remove it.
I have the 65nm, what does the GPU brace actually do that the 55nm does away with?
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alexp999 said:
I have the 65nm, what does the GPU brace actually do that the 55nm does away with?
65nm's have backplate, so it's not needed. Acts as some sort of protection for GPU core from PCB bending. Those big coolers have the brace for the backside of the card and it goes redundant again and some manufacturers just don't use it as cost saving thing on their own designs.
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#6
Hayder_Master
i like Non-Reference Cards , more overclock and better cooler
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#7
u2konline
Why is there a brick on top of the card lol
That card looks silly.
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