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Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 (GV-N250OC-1GI) review

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A Different Take - Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250

It seems that NVIDIA's partners share the same thought as we do, as they have allegedly banded and told NVIDIA that enough is enough. If reports on the web are to be believed, NVIDIA's board partners have stated their displeasure at NVIDIA's constant rebranding; and NVIDIA, in turn, have responded by putting on hold plans to repackage the old GeForce 9800 GT, which is actually already a rebadged GeForce 8800 GT, as the new GeForce GTS 240. Hopefully this will be the end of NVIDIA's confusing rebranding and rehashing ways.

In our review of NVIDIA's supposedly 'new' SKU, the GeForce GTS 250, we noted that it was pretty decent value for money given its performance and support for CUDA and PhysX. Today, we take a look at a full retail GeForce GTS 250 card from Gigabyte, who, instead of stamping fancy coolers and opting for sky-high factory-overclocks, have decided to transfer technologies, more commonly found on their motherboards, onto their version of the GeForce GTS 250.

To unsuspecting eyes, the Gigabyte GeForce GTS 250 (henceforth known as the Gigabyte GTS 250) looks very much like an ordinary GeForce GTS 250 card, except that it has a Zalman cooler stacked right on top of it. It also comes with reference clock speeds, so that you wouldn't think its anything special. However, it is underneath all that where the Gigabyte GTS 250 is truly special. But first, a quick look at the card and the packaging it comes in.