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Old 27-05-09, 06:47 PM
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OC3D: Review Zotac GTS250 'AMP' 1GB PCIe Graphics card

Just another rehash of the tried and tested G92? Can a sprinkling of Zotac overclocking and 1GB of GDDR3 make this card a 4850/70 killer? Read our latest review to find out...



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Old 27-05-09, 06:54 PM
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Gah! You should've also compared it too a 9800GT (or whatever it's successor was )

Blue PCB? Sucketh to the max!
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Old 27-05-09, 07:06 PM
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dont think i'l be buyin 1 of these
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Old 27-05-09, 07:07 PM
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Gah! You should've also compared it too a 9800GT (or whatever it's successor was )

Blue PCB? Sucketh to the max!
Sure, I'll just nip into my own personal GPU warehouse.....

Damn sorry m8, I only have an MX440 and a Voodoo, will those do?

Contrary to popular belief I don't get to keep equipment from previous reviews to draw on when needed, I can only go on results that have the same base setup. Sadly the 9800 reviews were done on an inferior setup and thus cannot be compared.
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Old 27-05-09, 07:12 PM
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Such an awkward card to find into the mash.

I was quite alarmed when u said the cooler was quiet ! (although not too effective)

That's a first isn't it ? A quiet stock cooler in the GT200 range ?

As to the 'AMP' release - honestly, 12mhz ? why ?

Great reviewage.
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Old 27-05-09, 07:20 PM
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Cheers Rasta.

When i say 'not effective', it is, it's just not as effective as the ATI coolers. Then again it isn't anywhere near as loud so I guess thats the trade off!

The overclock, is minor because there is very little headroom to begin with I guess.
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Old 27-05-09, 07:21 PM
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Publish price - £145.99 but the novatech link says otherwise - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...e.html?ZOT-250

Blue PCB is win!

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Old 27-05-09, 07:34 PM
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Publish price - £145.99 but the novatech link says otherwise - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...e.html?ZOT-250

Blue PCB is win!

seems odd
That's the 512mb version I'm afraid. You can actually find GTS 250 512mb cards with reference clocks for as little as £85. I personally feel that £145 is a lot for the 1GB version, even with an overclock applied from factory. Looking at the novatech website itself, it's possible to buy a ref clock 1GB GTS 250 for £105. Plus, the HD 4870 1GB has been appearing for around £130 these days and should have a higher margin for an overclock.

Great review w3bbo.
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Old 27-05-09, 07:51 PM
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That's the 512mb version I'm afraid. You can actually find GTS 250 512mb cards with reference clocks for as little as £85. I personally feel that £145 is a lot for the 1GB version, even with an overclock applied from factory. Looking at the novatech website itself, it's possible to buy a ref clock 1GB GTS 250 for £105. Plus, the HD 4870 1GB has been appearing for around £130 these days and should have a higher margin for an overclock.

Great review w3bbo.
My bad, I just assume the link would be correct.

The 512mb cards are good for £90ish, I've used one and they are very good performers.
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Old 27-05-09, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by name='PeterStoba'
Publish price - £145.99 but the novatech link says otherwise - http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/s...e.html?ZOT-250

Blue PCB is win!

seems odd
Sorted, that'll teach me to C&P the test bed.

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Originally Posted by name='Mul.'
That's the 512mb version I'm afraid. You can actually find GTS 250 512mb cards with reference clocks for as little as £85. I personally feel that £145 is a lot for the 1GB version, even with an overclock applied from factory. Looking at the novatech website itself, it's possible to buy a ref clock 1GB GTS 250 for £105. Plus, the HD 4870 1GB has been appearing for around £130 these days and should have a higher margin for an overclock.

Great review w3bbo.
Yeah the pricing does need looking at imo.

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My bad, I just assume the link would be correct.

The 512mb cards are good for £90ish, I've used one and they are very good performers.
Crap at high res with filters though. Thats when the added memory comes into it's own.
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