Next-gen GeForce peeks head out at Computex

— 2:20 PM on June 4, 2008

With so much hardware lurking around Computex, some unannounced products are bound to slip through the cracks. Indeed, the guys at VR-Zone have gotten a few good glimpses of Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 280 graphics card, both inside a running system and outside of it.

The card in the shots is very long and almost completely enclosed in a black plastic shroud, much like the dual-GPU GeForce 9800 GX2. Only the PCI Express slot, dual PCIe power connectors, and dual SLI bridge connectors poke out—and even the latter sit beneath a removable cap. Speaking of which, the presence of two SLI connectors hints that the GTX 280 can function in three-way SLI mode. Considering recent rumors peg the GTX 280's thermal envelope at 236W, though, few folks may choose to take Nvidia up on the offer.

Of course, like any good graphics card, the GTX 280 is more interesting when sitting inside a running PC. VR-Zone's second set of pictures includes a shot of the GPU-Z utility displaying all kinds of details about the card. The tool claims the GPU has 240 stream processors, 1GB of GDDR3 RAM, a 512-bit memory bus, and a 600MHz core clock speed. VR-Zone apparently didn't get to run any benchmarks, though.

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