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BFG GeForce GTS 250 OC 1GB Review

ccokeman    -   March 3, 2009
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Testing:

Now down to what we all have been waiting for. To test the BFG GTS 250 1GB OC, we will be putting it through a series of benchmarks designed to push the card to its limits. Then, to compare the performance of the GTS 250 to other current cards on the market, we will place those scores against them and see where it stands. All hardware will be run at stock speeds, timings and voltages to avoid any errors in the scores. The nVidia cards will be run using driver version 182.08 and the ATI cards will be running the 9.2 Catalyst release.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • BFG GTS 250 1GB OC 803/1204/1878

Pushing clock speeds upwards on a pre overclocked video card is always a challenge. Usually there is not a lot of head room left for the enthusiast without resorting to extreme cooling or voltage mods, neither of which I have done with this card. The lack of a second power connector means that the power consumption should be lower than the previous generation of this card, the 9800GTX+. This also concerned me when I started to push the clock speeds and promptly hit walls on the memory, shaders and core pretty quickly. 65MHz on the core, 84MHz on the memory, and 42MHz on the shaders were all that the GTS 250 would yield. Anything higher and it was corruption city. I have to wonder if the lack of that second power connector limited the overclock seeing how the 9800GTX card in this review was able to clock. Don't get me wrong, the card does overclock, it's just that simply being satisfied is not in my vocabulary and I always want more.

 

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Card)
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call Of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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