Nvidia introduces GTX 200 series graphics cards

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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
Processor Cores 240 192
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.

Nvidia Press Release

Nvidia GTX 280 Product Page

Nvidia GTX 260 Product Page

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