Alright, the GTS 250s are finally here.
And check out this one. I got one from PNY from
their accelerate line. And these things are pretty much
more or less, just about PNY 9800 GTX+’s. They haven’t really done much,
but it is a 55NM GPU. And it has a new name,
so that’s kinda cool. Prices have also dropped a little bit,
which is nice to hear. And you get a new card.
Fancy, it looks cool. You’ll notice that this has a blue
PCB, just like the last PNY 9800 GTX+, yet this is the GTS 250.
And that brings a couple new things to the market. You got a
new capability of running triple SLI, which is very, very nice.
You got HDMI support with HDCP. And a, pretty much an audio loop cable,
so you can do some hi-def lossless audio through your graphics card. As usual,
you have two dual-link DVIs. Those are DVI-Is, so they’re
both digital and analog. And they do dual link. They’ll do
2560 x 1600 maximum resolution including dual monitor support, and
you get this nifty little breakaway cable. And what you do with this puppy is
you pretty much plug this into the card, and this gives you components
to go to your TV. So, if you want to do some 1080i
out to your TV, you can use these. Or, even better, check this out.
You got an HDMI to DVI dongle, or adapter, depending on how you
want to say it. And that’s even better. That will let you
get sound and video out to your TV. Just gotta make sure you use this.
And most people don’t know what this is. But this is an audio loop cable. And what
this does is this goes into your S/PDIF on your motherboard,
and this goes into a tiny, little slot that I’ll show you in a moment.
And what that does is it transfers the audio from your motherboard, or your
sound card through the S/PDIF to this. And once you have this, you go
audio out of there and then audio into here. And then you have audio over your HDMI
which is incredible. One cable to your TV. Now, just so that you
know what else is included in the box, you have this 8-pin to 6-pin connector,
which you may or may not need. You also have a two molex to 6-pin PCI
Express connector, which you may or may not need,
depending on how old your power supply. And, in case you have an older monitor,
you have a dual-link DVI to VGA 15-pin D-Sub connector
as well, included in the box. Now, let’s talk about frequencies,
because this is a 55NM, and one of the things they did do
is increase the frequencies. Now, you’re gonna notice
it’s got that same cooler single fan. It blows out hot air through
there but it also blows it out into the case. So negative case pressure is going
to work well on these cards. Let’s talk about those specs. Core Clock
738 MHz, which is a little bit faster than 9800 GTX+.
Your shaders are significantly faster, at 1836 MHz. There is 128 of those in total,
just like in the 9800 GTX+. Your memory, which is 512 MB of GDDR3,
is clocked at 2200 MHz effectively, which is 1100 MHz base.
It is double pumped because it’s DDR3. You get 512 MB of frame buffer,
as you can see right there. It says it right there on the box.
And memory interface is 256-bits wide. So, very, very nice system.
It does support SLI in two and three way. It supports CUDA, it supports PhysX,
DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0, the PureVideo HD with HDCP,
so you can stream out those Blu-rays. And, as I mentioned earlier,
that is where you plug in that little audio loop cable so that you get
7.1 channel lossless audio, through your HDMI cable,
which is extremely, extremely cool. If you want to hook up your graphics
card to play some games on your really, really large HDTV, which is
very, very, very cool. And that is pretty much it, my friends. This is the GTS 250, there are places with
a 9800 GTX+, and it is a PCI Express 2.0
video card. You can stick it in a PCI Express 2.0 X16,
or you can fit it in an X16 long, but X8 electronically, as long as it’s
PCI Express 2.0. Or, you can also fit it in the
traditional PCI Express x16 slot. So, this card is good for everybody.
And, NVIDIA has dropped the prices. They are ready to sell.
This is an awesome, awesome, awesome, mid to high-end card, depending
on how big your monitor is. Really, really, really good stuff.
If you have any questions on it, Email me. And I’ll see you guys next time.
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