Remixing the G92 - NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250

The ASUS GeForce GTS 250

The ASUS GeForce GTS 250 1GB GDDR3

Our GeForce GTS 250 was provided by ASUS and when we contacted them for more information regarding it, they could only tell us that it was an early engineering sample. However, according to news around the Internet , our guess is that this is from the Dark Knight series of cards. Since we are unsure of the exact details of the card, save for what GPU-Z tells us, we will only give ratings for the new GeForce GTS 250 SKU and not this particular card.

Here's what we do know about the card: it comes clocked at NVIDIA's reference clock speeds, and it boasts a very elaborate looking custom cooler that looks like it means business. If all goes well, this should give us some impressive readings in our temperature test.

The shortness of the new GeForce GTS 250 becomes apparent when placed alongside a GeForce 9800 GTX. It is still a rather sizeable card though, so you can forget about trying to squeeze it into your HTPC.

The GeForce GTS 250 requires only a single 6-pin connector. Older GeForce 9800 GTX+ and GeForce 9800 GTX cards require two such connectors.

The GeForce GTS 250 is SLI compatible with GeForce 9800 GTX+ cards, but only if they are of the same memory size.

A 7-pin mini-DIN is conspicuously missing from the ASUS GeForce GTS 250. This engineering sample gets only two dual-link DVI outputs but expect to find the usual number of outputs on retail versions.

We suspect that this card is in fact from ASUS' Dark Knight series. The cooler looks incredibly fierce, thanks to its clearly visible fins and four thick heat pipes. Pity it's not copper though.

For those who are interested, the dual SLI connectors on the GTS 250 means that SLI is very much possible, though it's picky in the sense that the memory buffer size has to be similar to be paired up. You cannot match a 512MB version with the 1GB GTS 250.