Early Dual GTS250 Card Performance Revealed

"Expreview has gotten their hands on Galaxy's dual GTS250 card and released early performance numbers."

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A couple weeks ago, Galaxy revealed plans for a dual GTS250 graphics card.  Featuring a pair of low power G92-426 GPUs linked by a BR04 bridge chip combined with 1GB 0.8ns memory,  this would be the first and only card of its kind.  Expreview has gotten their hands on the first test sample and has released early performance numbers.

We can see that this test card comes bearing a fairly large heatsink, with air being supplied by Galaxy's extra fan card with three PWM fans.  Clocking in at 675MHz/2000MHz/1696MHz (core/memory/shader), the dual GTS250 scores a respectable 17493 in 3DMark06.  Looking at this screenshot, we can see the test platform consisted of a Core i7 920 clocked at 3.6GHz and 6GB RAM running Windows 7 Ultimate.

Expreview also took the time to run 3DMark Vantage, yielding a GPU score of 11355 at performance settings.  As a comparison, they also ran the test with a GTX280, which managed a score of 10840.

Various companies have released dual Nvidia GPU, single PCB cards in the past.  Of particular note is ASUS with their dual 6800GT and 7800GT attempts.  Unfortunately, none of them really caught on at the time, suffering from impractical designs and limited availability/higher prices.  However, Galaxy's card seems to have a clean, if a bit large, design, so should it be priced right, it may avoid the fate of its predecessors.

Currently there is no word on pricing or availability.

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21-01-2010, 11:28:26

TSMC, one of the world's major semiconductor foundries, said that it has resolved all issues pertaining to proper yields of chips built on the 40 nanometre node. During a company event on the 19th, Mark Liu, Senior VP of Operations, said that the quality of production on the 40 nm node is almost on par with the 65 nm one. Liu stated that the chamber matching problems that had impacted yield rates for the company's 40nm node have been resolved.

TSMC caters to graphics processor giants NVIDIA and AMD, with both having designs of 40 nm performance graphics processors with multi-billion transistor counts. AMD has been selling 40 nm GPUs made by TSMC since its previous generation ATI Radeon HD 4770, it currently makes all its Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs on the node. NVIDIA is poised to release its first billion transistor 40 nm GPU, the GF100, in its consumer GeForce brand later this quarter.

In addition to this, TSMC has just finished building a new factory at the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Taiwan, part of its Fab 12. The new facility will be able to commence volume production of 28 nm products as early as by Q3 2010.

Source: www.techpowerup.com (and their source is DigiTimes:p)

25-01-2010, 15:31:58

Good news, now we just have to wait for Nvidia's release of Fermi, and hope the prices will drop a bit.

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