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Conclusion

Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 family looks pretty good at first glance and even though it is based on not very new architecture, it can very well compete against an extremely popular “people’s solution” – ATI Radeon HD 4850. However, to do so, it need to be selling at a comparable retail price that is way below $149, because this is where the official price of a much faster ATI Radeon HD 4870 1GB cards is right now. And this solution is already beyond the depth of GeForce GTS 250. Everything depends on Nvidia’s strategy now, and if they lower GeForce GTS 250 prices quickly enough, these solutions may become pretty popular among gamers with limited budget. Otherwise, ATI will have a serious advantage.

Palit GeForce GTS 250 1GB Summary

As for the specific graphics accelerator we discussed today, Palit GeForce GTS 250 1GB, it seems to be a pretty attractive purchase with good performance, low noise and very efficient cooling solution. It does have a few drawbacks, such as the need for two power connectors, for instance. But the crucial factor that will determine the future of this product is definitely its retail price. If it is comparable with that of Radeon HD 4850, then Palit GeForce GTS 250 1GB may become a very good choice. Otherwise, you might want to wait for the Radeon HD 4870 512MB to start retailing for less than $150.

Highs:

  • Comparatively high  performance;
  • Outperforms ATI Radeon HD 4850 in some tests;
  • 1GB of local video memory onboard;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Minimal effect of enabled FSAA on performance;
  • Excellent quality of anisotropic filtering;
  • Hardware HD video decoding;
  • S/PDIF sound over HDMI;
  • Low power consumption;
  • Low noise;
  • Individual HDMI port.

 Lows:

  • Graphics memory frequency below nominal level;
  • No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
  • Incomplete VC-1 decoding support;
  • No built-in sound core;
  • Requires two power connectors.
 
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