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Palit Mashes 2 GB GDDR3 onto GTS 250

Palit has announced its new custom designed addition to the GT200 series, the GTS 250 2 GB, 1 GB and 512 MB.

The new card from Palit feature higher than regular cores speeds, clocking in at 745 MHz with 0.8ns GDDR3 memory and 256-bit interface. Cooling is handled by a two-ball bearing Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) fan, heat-pipes, and a copper base plating. The Palit cards also have 4-phase power supply.

The Nvidia GTS 250 is essentially the 9800GTX+ with a name change to fit with new naming conventions. However, Palit decided to go the extra mile and change more than just a little bit. The Palit GTS 250 uses a different PCB, custom cooler and is the first card to utilize 2 GB of GDDR3 onboard memory.


The custom cooler that sits atop Palits red PCB design is unique in that it uses a more forward mounted 90mm PWM fan and the casing that covers the entire card is vented on all four corners as well. We can see that the Palit used a standard dual-slot mounting bracket which is also vented, though it may not serve much purpose since there is no use of Nvidia’s standard tunnel casing around the cooling assembly to divert the air outside the rear of your case.

Another interesting feature is the rear ports, HDMI, VGA and DVI. This will give users of the Palit GTS 250 2 GB a choice between older to newer generation displays. The card packaging includes an HDMI to DVI dongle as well, so you still have DUAL DVI capability with this card.

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  • A Stoner
    More memory is always good in a PC chassis. I wish they would do this with the GTX 285. Or maybe if they did do this with the GTX 285 I will regret having already purchased mine.... such a dilema!!!
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  • So some no-name company puts 2 gigabytes of cheapo memory on a mid-range card from last year? And this is front page news? Really now.
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  • @ "A Stoner":

    Sorry but a 2GB 285 is already out.
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  • rooket
    Dynamite card for being midrange.. I read reviews again and see clearly why I bought a 9800 GTX+. I figure I'd only be more impressed by going to 285 or beyond on nvidia. Pretty bargain priced for the speed too, I paid $135 after rebate.
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  • Zenthar
    2GB on a single GPU card is ridiculous. Right now you have to use very high resolutions like 1920x1200 and add AA+AF to reach 1GB and guess what the performance will be on a 9800GTX+ when you reach that.
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  • vgdarkstar
    Palit isn't a no-name company, they've been around for quite a while and always offered cards with great features. Also, 2GB on this beast would be great on a multimonitor setup for SupCom, or even a dual, or triplehead2go. It'd really shine when it was pushing 4-5 Megapixels.
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  • curnel_D
    So this marks the second article this week to state "and is the first card to utilize 2 GB of GDDR3 onboard memory.", and both about two different cards? lol. What a joke.

    And iDog, palit isnt a no-name brand. But when your best-buy shopping spree only shows you XFX and BFG, I could understand why you think so. Do your homework.
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  • shabodah
    While I'm all for more options, why haven't I seen a 1GB GDDR5 card yet? Even in the GTX285 flavor?!?
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  • The point is; there are companies that get the top silicon from the OEMs, like BFG, XFX, eVGA, HiS, Sapphire and Gainward, and then there are others. So about the "no-name" part; my apologies if the sarcasm was too subtle for you. I own a 9800 GTX+ and I love it for the performance/$ (especially after moving up from a 6800 Ultra :D), but I'm well aware of it's capabilities and putting even 1GB on it would be a bit of a waste (as proven by benches available here at Tom's of the 1GB BFG 250 OC). I personally simply see it as a "relatively" small-time company trying to make it's mark with silly gimmicks (which some poor SOB is going to end up paying for). So yeah sure, companies pull guff like this all the time, but the point is; they shouldn't. Yet getting front page space on a well-trusted site like Tom's only gives such practices undeserved legitimacy, which was the original point of protest.
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  • rooket
    Would be nice to see benchmarks of this card in high resolution versus the 512mb model and 1gb model ->at the same clock speeds
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