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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Nvidia Geforce GTX 200 GPUs Are Here

Nvidia today finally introduced its new family of GeForce GTX 200 graphics processors (GPUs) - which includes the GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260 GPUs, promising to take graphics beyond gaming and gaming beyond anything that's ever been possible before on a consumer computing platform.

Nvidia claims that the architecture of the new GPU offers twice the power GeForce 8800 GTX, improves power efficiency and provide enhanced CUDA performance. With CUDA technology and the new CUDA runtime for Windows Vista, programmers can offload the most intensive processing tasks from the CPU to the Nvidia GPUs, putting the power of up to 240 multi-threaded processor cores to work.

The company also talks about teraflops of computational power from the GTX 200 line, enhanced graphics powered by PhysX and suppport for 3-way SLI.

The GTX 280 is built on a 65nm process and has 1.4 billion transistors. The cards have a native graphics clock of 602MHz, processor clock of 1,296 MHz, and a memory clock of 2,214 MHz. The GTX 280 has 1GB of GDDR3 and 240 processing cores and 32 ROPs.

The GTX 260 is also built on the 65 nm process and has 1.4 billion transistors. The graphics clock for the GTX 260 is 576 MHz, the processor clock is 1,242 MHz, and the memory clock is 1,998 MHz. The memory interface on the GTX 260 is 448-bit and it has 896MB of GDDR3 memory. The GTX 260 has 192 processing cores and 28 ROPs. The maximum board power is 182W.

Below you can see a comparison among Nvidia's latest video cards.

  GTX 280 GTX 260 9800 GX2 9800 GTX 8800 GTS 512 8800 GT
Stream Processors 240 192 256 128 128 112
Texture Address / Filtering 80 / 80 64 / 64 128 / 128 64 / 64 56 / 56 56 / 56
ROPs 32 28 32 16 16 16
Core Clock 602MHz 576MHz 600MHz 675MHz 650MHz 600MHz
Shader Clock 1296MHz 1242MHz 1500MHz 1690MHz 1625MHz 1500MHz
Memory Clock 1107MHz 999MHz 1000MHz 1100MHz 970MHz 900MHz
Memory Bus Width 512-bit 448-bit 256-bit x 2 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit
Frame Buffer 1GB 896MB 1GB 512MB 512MB 512MB
Number of Transistors 1.4B 1.4B 1.5B 754M 754M 754M
Manufacturing Process TSMC 65nm TSMC 65nm TSMC 65nm TSMC 65nm TSMC 65nm TSMC 65nm

Graphics cards featuring GeForce GTX 280 GPUs will be available starting today from add-in card manufacturers. Graphics cards featuring GeForce GTX 260 GPUs will be available starting on Thursday, June 26, 2008. Suggested retail pricing for the GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260 GPUs are $649 and $399, respectively.

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