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Zotac Readying Custom-Design GTX 285 Accelerator

NVIDIA seems to have lifted restrictions over manufacturers coming up with their own designs for the GeForce GTX 285 accelerator, barely a month into its market introduction. Zotac, backed by the engineering prowess of PCPartner seems to have already designed their custom-PCB according to a finding by Expreview. The new PCB employs a decent bit of component rearrangement.

Perhaps the most significant part of that rearrangement comes from moving the vMem circuit that powers the card's 16 memory chips to its anterior end, in between the NVIO2 processor and the SLI connectors. The PCB uses a new MOSFET arrangement that groups them in a DPAK group. The vGPU circuit consists of 6 phases, and the vMem circuit 2. Zotac makes use of an aluminum support-brace around the G200b graphics processor, which serves as a safety measure for the GPU, minimizing the impact of PCB bending on the fragile ball-grid, especially with 55nm GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 285 lacking a back-plate that counters PCB bending. The orange-coloured DVI connectors make it distinctively Zotac. The SKU based on the new PCB may feature reference clock speeds of 648/2484/1476 MHz (core/memory/shader). Its cooler design remains unknown.

Zotac Watercooled GTX 295 Pictured

Zotac is among a small group of NVIDIA add-in board partners that is bringing out GeForce GTX 295 variants with factory-fitted water-blocks, making the cards ready for water-cooling. Zotac is likely to name its watercooled card GTX 295 Infinity. CPU3D sourced a couple of pictures of the accelerator. The new accelerator will cater to the enthusiast segment of the market, where the water-block serves as the main USP, making the accelerator come at a premium over reference-design cards.

The GTX 295 Infinity comes with a factory-fitted copper-infused block that remains sandwiched between the business-ends of the two PCBs. It uses the reference design PCBs sans the refernce cooler and its shroud. Zotac is expected to ship this accelerator with factory-overclocked parameters, which aren't known at this point in time. It is expected to be available by mid-March according to the source.

ZOTAC Expands Entry-level GeForce 9400GT Lineup

ZOTAC International, an award-winning manufacturer of graphics cards and motherboards, today expands its product lineup with two new entry-level graphics cards - the new ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT Synergy Edition and GeForce 9400GT DDR2 1GB. Powered by a high-speed GeForce 9400GT graphics processor, the new ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT Synergy Edition and GeForce 9400GT DDR2 1GB deliver DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 and NVIDIA CUDA processing power to entry-level users. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT Synergy Edition features a low-profile form factor, but offers performance similar to standard height ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT DDR2 graphics cards. The low profile form factor is ideal for small form factor systems with height limitations that prevent the installation of standard sized graphics cards. The ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT Synergy Edition ships as a standard height graphics card, however, two low-profile brackets are bundled to convert the card for use in low-profile systems.

The new ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT DDR2 1GB pairs the GeForce 9400GT graphics processor with 1GB of DDR2 video memory for high-performance in the latest DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 and CUDA games and applications.

Water-Cooled GTX 295 in Works by EVGA, Zotac

January 8 saw NVIDIA reclaim the performance crown from arch-rival AMD/ATI with the introduction of its dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 graphics accelerator. The company used two of its 55nm G200 graphics cores is building this accelerator. Maintaining a dual-slot construction with its reference design, the card provides a fair bit of overclocking on its stock cooler. EVGA and Zotac, two of NVIDIA's largest add-in card partners, are reportedly planning water-cooled versions of this accelerator.

It is not clear at this point if the accelerators come in the form of merely cards with factory-fitted water-blocks, or if they come equipped with dedicated water-cooling loops. The two manufacturers will take advantage of the superior cooling system to provide high, non-reference clock-speeds to the cards' GPUs and memory. The new SKUs are likely to surface at the upcoming CeBIT event held in Hannover, Germany.

GeForce GTX 285 Hits Stores Today

NVIDIA's newest release, the GeForce GTX 285 goes on sale starting today. The graphics card was announced earlier this month along with NVIDIA's flagship GeForce GTX 295 graphics card, choosing CES as an ideal launch platform. Leading NVIDIA add-in card partners such as ASUS, BFGTech, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, XFX and Zotac, etc., put their base-model and factory-overclocked cards on sale, starting from US $379.99 for the XFX base-model, all the way up to $429.99 for the EVGA SSC model, in the US.

The GeForce GTX 285 replaces GeForce GTX 280 as the fastest single-GPU graphics card. It is NVIDIA's second-fastest graphics accelerator, sporting 240 shader cores and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 512-bit wide memory bus. Essentially it resembles the GeForce GTX 280, except for the newer 55nm manufacturing process it's built on, the higher reference clock-speeds, and reduced power-consumption.

Zotac Releases New GeForce 9300 ITX Platform

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, kicks off day two of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show with a early preview of the next-generation mini-ITX platform for Intel processors powered by NVIDIA's GeForce 9300 graphics processor - the ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi combines the powerful GeForce 9300 graphics processor with Intel processors for an unchained high-performance platform that's big on performance but miniature in size.

The powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9300 graphics processor that forms the heart of the ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi packs 16 high-speed stream processors that are configurable for DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 and CUDA-enabled applications. The ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi also features a high-performance NVIDIA PureVideo HD video processor that decodes Blu-ray high-definition video formats in hardware and enhances standard-definition content to near-high-definition quality levels.

ZOTAC Unveils Next-Generation GTX 200 Series Video Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the latest series of GeForce GTX 200 graphics cards - the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 285 AMP! Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 285 AMP! Edition are the epitome of single GPU performance, delivering greater performance efficiency than the last generation.

Zotac GeForce GTX 260² Pictured

NVIDIA will be releasing 55nm versions of the G200 graphics processor, which provides better thermal and power characteristics. What's more, NVIDIA could allow its partners to come up with their own designs or colour themes right away, at least from what can be seen with the Zotac GeForce GTX 260². The card uses a blue PCB, without a cooler shroud at the back of it. In the current iteration of the GeForce 200 series, memory chips are also located at the back of the card, requiring a heatspreader. In the newest iteration of the PCB, several changes are brought about:
  • Toned-down power circuitry overall, with 4 phase vGPU and 2 phase vMem
  • Aluminum support-brace surrounding the GPU
  • Memory chips located only on one side of the PCB, leaving nothing at the back-side of the PCB that requires cooling, hence no heatspreader

Zotac Nitro OC Panel Unlocked for all Users

Zotac released the Nitro OC Panel device back in August, making it proprietary for use by owners of Zotac graphics hardware. The panel provides quick-access controls to the video cards' clock speeds, and also keeps the users posted, on parameters such as fan speeds and temperatures. Being a proprietary tool, users of graphics cards made by other manufacturers couldn't use the device, since at its software back-end, the Firestorm software would run compatibility checks.

Italian website NextHardware discovered a trick to evade the compatibility check by simply holding down the "shift" key while clicking on OK when the dialog box showing compatibility failure appears. The latest version of Firestorm software that supports this hack can be downloaded from here.

ZOTAC Announces 3DMark Vantage Bundle Pack With Selected GeForce Video Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes a new software bundle featuring Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition - a leading 3D tool that evaluates a system's 3D capabilities using Microsoft DirectX 10 demos. The new 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition bundle will ship with ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GT, 9800 GTX+, GTX 2602 and GTX 280 standard, AMP! Edition and AMP2! Edition models, in addition to each card's respective game bundles.

ZOTAC Unleashes New DisplayPort Compatible Graphics Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, today expands its Display Port-equipped graphics card lineup to include new affordable models - the ZOTAC GeForce 9400 GT DP and 9500 GT DP. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9400 GT DP and 9500 GT DP join the current ZOTAC GeForce 9600 GT DP for a complete lineup of affordable Display Port enabled graphics cards. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9400 GT DP and GeForce 9500 GT DP feature complete Display Port support for Display Port compatibility in Microsoft Windows Vista and XP operating systems. The two new ZOTAC Display Port equipped cards can also display pre-OS boot procedures, including the system BIOS, to Display Port displays for a seamless transition to Display Port technology.

ZOTAC Releases FireStorm Overclocking Software Utility

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes an overclocking storm with the new ZOTAC FireStorm software-overclocking application. The new free ZOTAC FireStorm application enables owners of ZOTAC GeForce 8, 9 and GTX series graphics cards to easily overclock their products. "Graphics card overclocking is becoming mainstream. With the new ZOTAC FireStorm application, users can easily overclock their ZOTAC graphics cards without downloading third-party applications or worry about compatibility with third party applications," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 200 Series Begin Shipping with Limited Far Cry 2 Game Bundle

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today kicks off the holiday season with a new premium software bundle featuring Ubisoft's Far Cry 2. The new premium software bundle will be available with the award-winning ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition, GeForce GTX 2602 and GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition for a limited time. "ZOTAC is pleased to provide gamers with Ubisoft's highly anticipated Far Cry 2 game. With Far Cry 2, users can take advantage of the 3D power available with their new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280, GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition, GeForce GTX 2602 or GeForce GTX 260 AMP2! Edition and experience stunning visuals right out of the box," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

ZOTAC Expands GeForce 9600 GSO Family

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, today is shipping three new NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GSO based graphics cards - the GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB, GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB and GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB AMP! Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9600 GSO models usher in a new era of affordable high-performance graphics solutions that are ready to take on the latest Microsoft DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 enabled games and NVIDIA CUDA enabled applications. Drawing power from 48 screaming-fast stream processors, the new trio of ZOTAC GeForce 9600 GSO graphics cards will deliver phenomenal visuals and fast frame-rates in the latest 3D games. Powered by NVIDIA's flexible unified architecture, the 48 stream processors are programmable to take on any tasks - whether its gaming or accelerating NVIDIA CUDA-enabled applications.

ZOTAC Expands Mini-ITX Lineup, Introduces New nForce 630i-ITX WiFi Mini-ITX Mainboard

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space. The new ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi combines the power of NVIDIA GeForce 7 series graphics processing with Intel Core 2 processors and wireless network connectivity into a single 170mm2 package. New integrated 802.11b/g WiFi enables the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi to connect to wireless networks for wireless Internet connectivity. Integrated WiFi allows users to enjoy network connectivity without wires or the hassles of large and bulky external wireless cards.

Zotac Introduces GeForce 9800 GTX+ with 1GB of GDDR3 Memory

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacture of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, today expands its GeForce 9800 series line up with the new ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB. The ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB pairs the powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX+ graphics processor with 1GB of high-speed GDDR3 graphics memory for phenomenal visuals in the latest DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1-enabled 3D games and applications. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB is powered by NVIDIA's award winning unified architecture with 128 stream processors for power-packed experience in 3D games and CUDA-enabled applications. The new 1GB of GDDR3 memory ensures the NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ graphics processor is able to keep up with the latest texture-intensive and demanding DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 3D games.

ZOTAC Unleashes New GeForce 9300 Platform

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA based motherboards and graphics cards, today injects the power of NVIDIA's GeForce 9 graphics architecture into the latest platform for Intel socket LGA775-based processors - the ZOTAC GeForce 9300. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform is a graphics powerhouse with its GeForce 9 series graphics processor, NVIDIA CUDA, Hybrid SLI, PhysX and PureVideo HD technologies. A new NVIDIA GeForce 9300 integrated graphics processor forms the heart of the new ZOTAC GeForce 9300 platform. The NVIDIA GeForce 9300 iGPU features NVIDIA's Unified Architecture with 16 blazing-fast stream processors for high-performance in Microsoft DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1 and CUDA-based 3D games and software applications.

Zotac 9800 GTX+ Accelero Twin Turbo Model Spotted

Here's the third GeForce 9800 GTX+ non-reference model in the works. Zotac has prepared a graphics card based on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ GPU with its own PCB design. As for cooling, they've employed the expertise of Arctic Cooling, with an Accelero Twin Turbo cooler for the GPU. Zotac may have worked on aspects related to the card's power design and memory, keeping in mind, that the 9800 GTX+ is a 55nm GPU which might draw lower power than its 65nm counterpart, keeping clock speeds constant. It uses clock speeds of 740/1836/2200 MHz (core/shader/memory). Notable PCB features include:
  • 0.8 ns GDDR3 memory chips made by Samsung
  • A 4+2 phase power design
  • Power input reduced to a single 6+2 pin PCI-E power connector

ZOTAC Launches GeForce 9600GT and GeForce 9800GT Synergy Edition

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, today unleashes its new GeForce Synergy Edition graphics card lineup. The new ZOTAC GeForce Synergy Editions deliver the phenomenal gaming experience of NVIDIA's GeForce 9 graphics processors to budget-minded gamers and enthusiasts. Two new GeForce 9-based graphics cards kick off the ZOTAC GeForce Synergy Edition lineup - the GeForce 9800GT Synergy Edition and GeForce 9600GT Synergy Edition - delivering the power of NVIDIA's Unified Architecture, PhysX and PureVideo HD technology to value price points.

Zotac Ready with GeForce GTX 260 (216 SP) Amp²!

NVIDIA is preparing the launch of a revised GeForce GTX 260 graphics processor that has 216 shader units. Early performance evaluations show that the card is NVIDIA's sharp retaliation to the Radeon HD 4870 GPU, and it manages to outperform it comprehensively (covered here). Zotac is ready with a factory overclocked card based on the new GPU, The Zotac GeForce GTX 260 AMP²!. One way to differentiate this from the Amp! model based on the older GTX 260 core is the superscript "²" next to "AMP".

The card continues to use two 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors, it continues to have 896 MB of GDDR3 memory across a 448-bit wide memory bus. Clock speeds are stepped up. The speeds are 650 MHz / 1400 MHz / 1000 MHz (core/shader/memory) against the reference speeds of 576 MHz / 1242 MHz / 999 MHz. This product should be out by the end of this month.

ZOTAC Unleashes New Affordable GeForce 9 series

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, today unleashes its latest entry-level GeForce 9 series graphics cards for budget gamers on the second day of NVISION 08 - the ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT DDR2 and GeForce 9400GT DDR2 ZONE Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9400GT DDR2 series enables users to bring their PCs to life with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology and NVIDIA unified architecture for smoother high-definition video playback and realistic gaming capabilities.

Zotac Working on External OC Control Panel

Reports suggest that Zotac is working on - and seems to have prepared - an external overclock controller for graphics hardware. The device is named Zotac NITRO Hardware OC Controller. It connects externally to a PC and provides the user with a quick display on the card(s)' important measurements such as the various clock speeds and the fan's speed along with temperatures on a LED composite display. The user can control it with three buttons The device sits on a desk stand. It connects to your PC using what looks like a USB connection and installed software manage its controls over the graphics hardware installed in the PC.

It aims to give users control over the graphics hardware even when say playing a game or benchmarking the hardware on the fly. As a standalone device this device could be priced at € 89 in Europe and US $99 in the USA and could be out by end of October.

ZOTAC Unleashes Silent GeForce 9500 GT

ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd., a leading NVIDIA partner, today announced the two latest additions to its silent ZONE Edition product lineup - the ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT DDR2 and GeForce 9500GT DDR3 ZONE Editions. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT ZONE Editions pair the high-performance of NVIDIA's GeForce 9500GT graphics processor with passive cooling for a silent graphical computing experience. The ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT DDR2 and GeForce 9500GT DDR3 ZONE Editions eliminate noise from the graphics card by replacing the active GPU cooler on ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT DDR2 and GeForce 9500GT DDR3 models. In place of the active GPU cooler is a large passive cooler that allows the ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT ZONE Editions to operate silently.

"We sought to eliminate noise from our affordable ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT DDR2 and DDR3 models," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International (MCO) Ltd. "Our ZOTAC GeForce 9500GT ZONE Editions are the result, and shows users can have a premium silent high-performance graphics card at an affordable price."

ZOTAC Watercools GeForce 9800 GTX+ , Names it ZONE Edition

ZOTAC International, an award-winning NVIDIA AIC, today unleashes the latest edition to its ZONE Edition line of quiet graphics cards - the ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition delivers the power of NVIDIA GeForce 9 series graphics power, PhysX technology and PureVideo HD video processing technology into a virtually silent graphics card. The ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX+ ZONE Edition is quieted by a custom water-cooling system and able to deliver phenomenal visuals and frame rate in DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1 titles while maintaining low thermal and noise levels.

ZOTAC Intros New GeForce 9500 GT AMP! Edition, 9500 GT DDR3 and 9500 GT DDR2 Cards

ZOTAC International today also unveils its new lineup of budget graphics cards based on NVIDIA's new GeForce 9500 series graphics processors. The latest GeForce 9500 series lineup delivers extreme levels of visual reality at affordable prices and consists of the ZOTAC GeForce 9500 GT AMP! Edition, GeForce 9500 GT DDR3 and GeForce 9500 GT DDR2.

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