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NVIDIA GeForce 256 DDR

Graphics Processor
NV10 A3
Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
0
TMUs
4
ROPs
4
Memory Size
32 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Bus Width
128 bit
The GeForce 256 DDR was a graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in December 1999. Built on the 220 nm process, and based on the NV10 A3 graphics processor, the card supports DirectX 7.0. Since GeForce 256 DDR does not support DirectX 11 or DirectX 12, it might not be able to run all the latest games. The NV10 A3 graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 139 mm² and 17 million transistors. It features 4 pixel shaders and 0 vertex shaders, 4 texture mapping units and 4 ROPs. Due to the lack of unified shaders you will not be able to run recent games at all (which require unified shader/DX10+ support). NVIDIA has paired 32 MB DDR memory with the GeForce 256 DDR, which are connected using a 128-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 120 MHz, memory is running at 150 MHz.
Being a single-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce 256 DDR does not require any additional power connector, its power draw is not exactly known. Display outputs include: 1x VGA. GeForce 256 DDR is connected to the rest of the system using an AGP 4x interface.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
NV10 A3
Architecture
Celsius
Foundry
TSMC
Process Size
220 nm
Transistors
17 million
Die Size
139 mm²

Graphics Card

Release Date
Dec 23rd, 1999
Generation
GeForce 256
Production
End-of-life
Bus Interface
AGP 4x

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
120 MHz
Memory Clock
150 MHz
300 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size
32 MB
Memory Type
DDR
Memory Bus
128 bit
Bandwidth
4.800 GB/s

Render Config

Pixel Shaders
4
Vertex Shaders
0
TMUs
4
ROPs
4

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
480.0 MPixel/s
Texture Rate
480.0 MTexel/s

Board Design

Slot Width
Single-slot
TDP
unknown
Suggested PSU
350 W
Outputs
1x VGA
Power Connectors
None

Graphics Features

DirectX
7.0
OpenGL
1.2
OpenCL
N/A
Vulkan
N/A
Pixel Shader
N/A
Vertex Shader
N/A

Card Notes

Memory Variant: 64MB

Retail boards based on this design (1)

Name GPU Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS V6800 Deluxe 120 MHz 150 MHz 64 MB, 1x VGA 2x S-Video