As we wrote in an earlier article, the Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 series is not something really new and innovative, yet is a good combination of technical characteristics and price. The model with 1024 megabytes of graphics memory and a full-featured G92b core has a recommended price of $149. The higher-class product GeForce GTX 285 comes at an official recommended price of $399 and its retail price even starts from $340 now.
We know that Nvidia’s single-chip flagship can successfully oppose the ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 as well as a CrossFireX tandem consisting of two ordinary Radeon HD 4850 cards. Considering that two GeForce GTS 250 1GB cards cost about $300, we wonder how good this pair would be in SLI mode. Theoretically, this configuration has a chance to beat the GeForce GTX 285 because it has more shader processors (256 against 240) and more texture processors (128 against 80). Additionally, the G92b chip can be clocked at higher frequencies than the G200b.
So, it is going to be interesting to compare a GeForce GTS 250 SLI with a GeForce GTX 285. This comparison will make sense until the latter’s retail price declines to $300 and lower, which will not be quick due to the high manufacturing cost of the G200b chip. Of course, running two graphics cards in multi-GPU mode has its downsides and your mainboard must support the appropriate technology. Such a configuration will depend on software optimizations, but we guess that the opportunity of getting more speed in modern games than from a GeForce GTX 285 will appeal to many gamers. We are going to make this comparison in this review and see if building such a configuration makes any sense.
We will also tell you about two new and interesting GeForce GTS 250 1GB models, each with its particular highs and lows. These are EVGA GeForce GTS 250 Superclocked Edition and Gigabyte GV-N250OC-1GI.