BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC 1GB Reviewccokeman - March 3, 2009
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The GTS 250 is designed to be used in an x16 PCI-E slot and is PCI-E 2.0 compliant. The GTS 250 uses a dual slot cooling solution, much like its predecessor. This means you will need two slots worth of space while only occupying one physical x16 slot. The GTS 250 OC 1GB from BFG ships with clock speeds on the G92 GPU of 750MHz, shader clocks of 1863MHz and memory speeds of 1120Mhz. These are all slight increases above the factory speeds, hence the Overclocked designation on this card. One big change to the GTS 250 is the size of the card. While the 9800GTX comes in at ten inches in length, the GTS 250 comes in at nine inches long. This should make it a better fit in those smaller cases.
The front of the GTS 250 contains the connectivity option. This card is limited to two dual-link capable DVI ports. Additional connectivity is available if an adapter is used. If HDMI is your chosen connection method, the GTS 250 OC is able to accommodate this method of connectivity with an HDMI to DVI adapter. The rear end of the card is a bit more open than the 9800 series, so hopefully this translates into better thermal performance.
One big difference that is noticeable right away is the lack of a second 6-pin power connector on the GTS 250 OC. Kind of odd when the specifications show the 9800GTX+ having a lower power requirement than the GTS 250 (141 versus 150watts). Up near the SLI bridge connection is an S/PDIF connection for use with high definition sound to be output via a DVI to HDMI connector. Like the 9800GTX+, the GTS 250 is Tri-SLI capable and the GTS 250 can be used in conjunction with a 9800GTX+ in an SLI configuration.