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More Details on Galaxy's Dual-GPU GTS 250

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

3DMark Vantage reveals that card's core and shader clock speeds.

A few weeks ago, we reported that Galaxy is working on a dual-core graphics card that uses two 55nm G92 GPUs (each sporting 128 processing cores) on a single PCB. Each GPU is backed by a dedicated 1 GB of DDR3 memory and a 256-bit memory interface. Without SLI fingers for expansion, the Quad-SLI capable GPUs are locked into its current form.

Now more details have been released on Galaxy's dual-GPU GTS 250. Apparently the company has released additional images, showing the board with a second layer of three cooling fans mounted above. With that said, it's easy to assume that Galaxy's card will consume at least three motherboard slots. The card looks really cool when installed however, lighting up the interior of the rig using a blue LED mounted in each fan.

On a performance level, the card performs slightly higher in 3DMark Vantage than the older single GPU GTX 280 according to ShaneBaxtor.com. The card is overclocked to 675 MHz on the core front, and the shader clock is cranked up to 1696 MHz. Galaxy's Xtreme Tuner HD overclocking software even reported a GU temp of 45c, however that temp is probably due to sitting idle..

As we previously reported, it's unknown if Galaxy plans to push this dual-GPU design into mass production. The product images provided by Galaxy could lean towards a possible production, and we might even see the card in action at a future event. Still, we question why the company is using two-year-old GPUs in the first place. Perhaps this will be an "economy SLI combo card," or perhaps this is just a way to clear out old technology.

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    fumanchu , February 3, 2010 6:58 PM
    folding@home card imo, although I am sure it will be decent for other stuff, I fold a lot and if this will be cheapish then im buying.
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    fumanchu , February 3, 2010 6:58 PM
    folding@home card imo, although I am sure it will be decent for other stuff, I fold a lot and if this will be cheapish then im buying.
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    jrharbort , February 3, 2010 7:11 PM
    A GTS 250 goes for around $130 USD, while a GTX 280 goes for over $300.

    The only way the dual GTS 250 will sell is if it sells for well under $300.
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    evolve60 , February 3, 2010 7:11 PM
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    The card is overclocked to 675 MHz on the core front, and the shader clock is cranked up to 1696 MHz.
     wouldn't that be an underclock? even a stock 9800 gtx is clocked at that speed, and a 9800gtx+ (even a gts250) is clocked at 738 MHz/1836 MHz.
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    eklipz330 , February 3, 2010 7:12 PM
    can someone enlighten me on the difference between this and the 9800gx2?
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2010 7:21 PM
    single pcb 9800gx2
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    Shadow703793 , February 3, 2010 7:22 PM
    jrharbortA GTS 250 goes for around $130 USD, while a GTX 280 goes for over $300.The only way the dual GTS 250 will sell is if it sells for well under $300.

    Agreed. If it's in the $220-250 range it should sell decently.
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    warezme , February 3, 2010 7:24 PM
    Its made by Galaxy!
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    cinergy , February 3, 2010 7:28 PM
    Why should anyone care about this card?
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    tamick88 , February 3, 2010 7:30 PM
    Huh, I've been wondering for a while now if dual core gpus were ever going to be used. Hopefully it'll catch on
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    notsleep , February 3, 2010 7:32 PM
    why would anyone want to buy a non-dx11 card nowadays when there is a wide range of dx11 cards available? it's 2010 folks. it's the year of dx11. :) 
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    tacoslave , February 3, 2010 7:45 PM
    cinergyWhy should anyone care about this card?

    If its 200 bucks a lot of people care.
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    werfu , February 3, 2010 7:49 PM
    That's sad it doesn't come with a SLI connector, I could have done some tripple SLI with my 9800GTX+ LOL. No seriously, I don't think this is such a great idea, except if they intend to sell it for real cheap (like -200$).
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    touchdowntexas13 , February 3, 2010 7:52 PM
    notsleepwhy would anyone want to buy a non-dx11 card nowadays when there is a wide range of dx11 cards available? it's 2010 folks. it's the year of dx11.


    Well there aren't hardly any dx11 titles out there to take advantage of the hardware. But I would say it would be a better move to grab two 5770's or 5750's instead of two gts 250's...

    Nvidia needs to come out with their new cards already so we can see a price cut from ATI
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    killerclick , February 3, 2010 7:54 PM
    notsleepwhy would anyone want to buy a non-dx11 card nowadays when there is a wide range of dx11 cards available? it's 2010 folks. it's the year of dx11.


    Because dx11 like dx10 simply doesn't mean anything. New version with new features that 95% of games aren't going to use in a meaningful way because they need to move a million copies to break even and they need dx9 customers too...
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    Anonymous , February 3, 2010 7:55 PM
    Dual GTS250?? it is a copy of the 9800gx2
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    seantm , February 3, 2010 7:55 PM
    Just wait for Fermi! or buy Ati.
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    m-manla , February 3, 2010 8:01 PM
    Three slots? too many slots taken up. I will only use two at the max. I'll see how Fermi will do and price before I will look at this again.
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    rambo117 , February 3, 2010 8:16 PM
    good lord, look at all the -1 comments... Trolls are lurking...
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    nforce4max , February 3, 2010 8:29 PM
    I wish that it had a SLI connector either wise I would buy it when it got down to around the $150 range but then again I already have two 9800gt 1GB editions in sli and they hold up well when gaming. My cpu how ever I feel SHAME.....A puny e7200 that was modded to run at 3.6ghz. Long story short I removed the IHS and cleaned up the Cheaptel crap and used AS5.
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    sabot00 , February 3, 2010 8:42 PM
    $209 - 4850X2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809&Tpk=4850x2
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