More interesting GPU moves coming from NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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After the release and rebranding of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card this month, it appears that NVIDIA might have some more "new" products coming down the pipeline.  And by "new" I mean "not really new at all."

First up are reports of a GeForce GTX 275 product that would essentially be based on the GPU contained on the GeForce GTX 295 graphics card.  The difference would be that the GTX 275 would only be a single GPU and would sell for somewhere between the $175 price on the GTX 260+ and the $330 price on the GTX 285.  If the assertion that the GTX 275 would use the same 55nm GPU as the GTX 295 is true, then the card specs would be like this:

  • 240 stream processors

  • 576 MHz core clock
  • 1242 MHz shader clock
  • 1000 / 2000 MHz GDDR3 memory clock
  • 896MB total frame buffer

  • 448-bit memory interface per core
  • 56 total ROPs (28 per core)
  • 160 texture units (80 per core)

Another interesting "new" product from the eager NVIDIA will likely be a 2GB version of the GeForce GTX 285 single-GPU graphics board priced in the neighborhood of $399.  Fudzilla actually has a picture of a potential design from Galaxy sporting this configuration:

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The card features a blue, non-reference PCB with 4+2-phase power and
will apparently work at stock clocks of 648MHz for the GPU, 2484MHz for
2GB of GDDR3 memory and 1476MHz for the shaders. The card will also
feature a dual BIOS. The rest of the specs include a 512-bit memory
interface, support for Nvidia's 3-way SLI and dual-DVI outputs.

The specs look impressive as well; obviously NVIDIA is hoping to keep the market hot and in motion with new products to spice up the channel.  The only question will be if their partners and retail partners can stand to deal with the influx in graphics options and if any existing stock will start to clutter up virtual shelves...

Since Radeon HD 4870 already comes in 2GB, and the HD 4890 will likely also come in 2GB versions, Nvidia doesn’t really have
any other choice than to launch its 2GB card in the same market segment.


The only trouble is that Nvidia’s Geforce
GTX285 2GB will end up much more expensive than Radeon 4870 2GB but it should
also end up faster.

Radeon 4870 2GB is selling for €250 in Europe,
while Geforce GTX 285 2GB should be selling for $399 Suggested Etail
Price. We expect the 2GB Radeon HD 4870 to sell for about $250 to $300
in the US.

The biggest problem for Geforce GTX 285 2GB is
the fact that the Radeon 4870 X2, that also has 2GB memory, sells for
under $399, and it should end up faster than new 2GB GTX 285.

Source: Fudzilla

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