You might recall that Nvidia axed support for HybridPower with its GT200-based graphics cards as soon as the new architecture was able to reign in idle power consumption. No longer was it necessary to buy a motherboard with integrated graphics just to keep consumption under control.
Nvidia has made no comment on supporting that quickly-killed feature with the GTS 250. However, last year’s shift to 55 nm manufacturing seemingly made HybridPower irrelevant. As you can see here, all three Nvidia cards use less power at idle than any of the AMD boards we tested.
Under load, consumption jumps by quite a bit. But the two G92-based offerings both dip in under AMD’s Radeon HD 4850—a card that they both also outperform in a majority of tests.
As far as power consumption is concerned, Nvidia has an upper hand.
...which (in the context it has been applied) is the same as saying we don't mind nVidia renaming an 8800GT to a 9800GT and then a 9800GT to a whatever 2xx series...and so on and so forth. My point is simple: nVidia is pulling an extremely sleazy marketing scheme on consumers by renaming existing models. If you goof admit it and get on with life; that's why I appreciated the fact that when the first generation of Phenoms were botched AMD gracefully renamed unaffected quads with a 50 (IE 9650 instead of 9600). Trying to remember all the different names of the exact same model is like dealing with someone who IM's you from five different screen names, eventually you just end up blocking them out.
Cherry picked? It's a retail product.
And there are MASSIVE rumours saying that Nvidia is hand-picking the review models sent to reviewers, even confirmed by HardOCP. Addressing that in this article would have been great.
thepinkpantherwhen the GTX4xx series i guess nvidia will launch the g92 refresh yet again, this time as an entry level graphics card.I Agree!