Nvidia has released their long-awaited GeForce GTX 200 series graphics cards, including the GTX 260 and GTX 280. Nvidia claims a 50% performance increase in games versus the 8800 Ultra.
The GTX 200 series GPUs have up to 240 stream processors, which allow for gaming at resolutions up to 2560×1600 pixels. They can use Nvidia 3-way SLI technology and decode HD video. In addition, the Nvidia GPUs support PhysX technology, a physics engine that helps bring realism to games.
The GeForce GTX 280 and 260 have the following specifications:
|GTX 280||GTX 260|
|Graphics Clock (MHz)||602MHz||576MHz|
|Processor Clock (MHz)||1296MHz||1242MHz|
|Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)||48.2||36.9|
|Memory Clock (MHz)||1107MHz||999MHz|
|Standard Memory Config||1GB GDDR3||896MB GDDR3|
|Memory Bus Width||512-bit||448-bit|
|Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)||141.7||111.9|
The GeForce GTX 280 GPU will be available tomorrow, June 16, from leading partners for $649. The GTX 260 will be available Thursday, June 26 for $399.