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GeForce GTS 250: Nvidia's G92 Strikes Again

Benchmark Results: Crysis

This notoriously demanding benchmark shows no difference between either of the two G92-based graphics cards, despite their varied clock speeds and frame buffers. Both cards land smack dab in between AMD’s Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870

The pair is also outclassed by the overclocked GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 board, which also bests AMD’s Radeon HD 4870 512 MB at all three tested resolutions.

Finally, the extra 512 MB on BFG’s GeForce GTS 250 demonstrates its value. At all three tested resolutions—but especially at 1920x1200—1 GB of onboard GDDR3 helps the GTS 250 almost double the frame rate of the GTX 9800+. Unfortunately, performance at that setting is too slow to be considered anywhere near playable.

The extra memory does help the GTS 250 perform more like a Radeon HD 4870 than a Radeon HD 4850, both of which do remarkably well considering their smaller 512 MB frame buffers.

Even the GTX 260 Core 216 at 1280x1024 is too slow for fluid frame rates.

Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • i wonder what would be the stand of 4850 and 4870 with 1gb frame buffer
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  • thepinkpanther
    when the GTX4xx series i guess nvidia will launch the g92 refresh yet again, this time as an entry level graphics card.
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  • xx12amanxx
    Hmm no mention of the slower model's Nvidia is going to push instead of these cherry picked Oced model's.I heard these Oced model's were just for reviewers and that most of these cards will actually be slower model's with even less performance.
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  • johnbilicki
    "so long as performance goes up or sideways as price goes down, we don’t see an issue with the reintroduction of proven technology"

    ...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.
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  • Good review, but i missed the noise and heat comparative
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  • cangelini
    xx12amanxxHmm no mention of the slower model's Nvidia is going to push instead of these cherry picked Oced model's.I heard these Oced model's were just for reviewers and that most of these cards will actually be slower model's with even less performance.
    Cherry picked? It's a retail product.
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  • curnel_D
    Chris, it's a decent article, but why in the world would you use 512mb models in everyting aside from the 250 and 260. If you would have shown the 1gb 4870, along with a 1gb 9800+, it would have showed a clearer picture of how the 250 is identical to the 9800+/9800/8800GT.

    Meh.

    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.
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  • If I'm not mistaken didn't the 9 series and the HD4XXX series launch at about the same time effectively putting them into the same class? So why does everyone love to compare the 2XX series to the 4XXX cards and on top of that usually giving the ram advantage to nvidia i.e. comparing 1GB cards to 512MB cards?
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  • sohei
    i think Nvidia want's to marry this card with us ...love with force is not possible ...we need a new "woman" from nvidia not other clothes ...Nvidia has enough experience with clothes ...they should enter in fashion business like Microsoft
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  • vaskodogama
    huh, anyway, I don't like the naming of GT200 cards anyway! AMD's got better price, and naming scheme!
    thepinkpantherwhen the GTX4xx series i guess nvidia will launch the g92 refresh yet again, this time as an entry level graphics card.I Agree!
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