Geforce GTS 250 2GB: Test of the Palit graphics card
With the Palit Geforce GTS 250 2GB PC Games Hardware Online presents a new format: the performance letter. That is a short test of a graphics card with all important details and a short benchmark part including selected comparisons.
Explanation: Performance letter
The performance letter enables us to put the comprehensive tests PC Games Hardware runs with graphics cards, CPUs and other hardware online for the short term. On a single page you get to know everything important about a product - in a brief overview. Of course, we do not miss out any measured data, but there are no benchmark orgies any more that you are used to with comprehensive chipset tests. We therefore offer selected comparisons with two other graphics cards that fit the tested product.
Palit Geforce GTS 250 2GB
The name of the Palit graphics card with Nvidia's G92b GPU and DirectX 10 support indicates that the Geforce GTS 250 stands out from the crowd through its 2 GiByte video memory. The memory is distributed in 16 chips on the front and back side of the graphics card and comes from Hynix. The 1 GBit GDDR3 chips from the N2C series are specified for 0.8 ns and 1,200 MHz.
The cooler of the 2 GiByte graphics card differs from the reference design thanks to its 76 millimeter radial fan. Two 6-pin ports of the power supply energize the card. Two SLI connectors allow the interconnection of up to three Palit graphics cards to 3-way SLI.
The card offers a Dual Link DVI port as well as a HDMI output for single cable connections for HD fans (the audio signal must be supplied internally via a separate cable) and a D-Sub 15 connector for analog monitors.
The most important technical data can be found in table below:
|Chip/Card||Palit GF GTS 250 2GB||GTS 250 'Fast'||GTS 250 'Slow'||GTS 250 '512'||9800 GTX+||HD 4870||HD 4850|
|Core frequency (MHz)||740||738||738||738||738||750||625|
|Shader ALU frequency (MHz)||1.836||1.836||1.836||1.836||1.836||750||625|
|Memory frequency (MHz)||1.102||1.100||1.000||1.100||1.100||1.800||1.000|
|Memory amount (MiByte)||2.048||1.024||1.024||512||512, 1.024||512, 1.024||512, 1.024|
|Memory bus (Bit)||256||256||256||256||256||256||256|
|MAD performance (GFLOPS)||470||470||470||470||470||1.200||1.000|
|Texture fillrate (MTex/s)||47.360||47.232||47.232||47.232||47.232||30.000||25.000|
|Memory bandwidth (MByte/s)||70.528||70.400||64.000||64.000||70.400||115.200||64.000|
|Multi GPU||SLI, 3-W.-SLI||SLI, 3-W.-SLI||SLI, 3-W.-SLI||SLI, 3-W.-SLI||SLI, 3-W.-SLI||Crossfire X||Crossfire X|
|PCI-E connector (6-Pin/8-Pin)||2 x/0 x||1 x/0 x||1 x/0 x||1 x/0 x||2 x/0 x||2 x/0 x||1 x/0 x|
|PCB length (mm, ca.)||228||228||228||228||267||228||228|
The equipment of the card is reduced to what is absolutely necessary: Concerning hardware the card comes with an additional HDMI-to-DVI adapter, a two-core cable for supplying HD audio data and transferring them via HDMI and a breakout cable which generates a 6-pin port for PCI Express cards from two 5.25'' ports. Apart from that only a driver CD and a Quick Install Guide are provided.
Loudness and cooling performance of the Palit card can be drawn from the following table:
|Results||Palit GF GTS 250 2GB|
|Idle (Sone/db(A))||1.4 / 32.5|
|Idle (Degrees Celsius)||44|
|3DMark 03 (Sone/db(A))||3.0 / 40.8|
|3DMark 03 (Degrees Celsius)||67|
|3DMark 03 (Watt)||146.4|
|Furmark (Sone/db(A))||4.7 / 47.4|
|Furmark (Degrees Celsius)||71|
Please note that the real power consumption of the graphics card was measured alone - with three different scenarios: Desktop operation under Windows XP as well as with the extreme stress test Furmark and with the 3DMark 03 which presents an average demand for the graphics card. The noise measurement was done at a distance of 50 centimeters and is therefore not comparable with our measurements from last year.
Benchmark tests of the Palit Geforce GTS 250 2GB
All important data in a short overview - that is the aim of the performance letter of PC Games Hardware Online. We tested the graphics card performance in four of the currently most important and most popular games. For comparison we offer the regular Geforce GTS 250 with 1 GiByte memory and the Radeon HD 4850 (also 1 GiByte) from a similar price segment. For more benchmarks please refer to our last chipset test of the Geforce GTS 250.