Got $500 burning a hole in your pocket?


— 10:26 AM on August 14, 2000

Well, if you do, then you're in luck. NVIDIA will be announcing a new incarnation of their GeForce 2 GTS today, dubbed the GeForce 2 GTS Ultra. (Sound familiar?) This new variation on the original GeForce 2 GTS is being manufactured using TSMC's .18-micron GX process, and will come running at a stock GPU core speed of 250MHz. The card will also be equipped with 64MB of DDR running at an amazing 460MHz. So how does this card stack up to other current offerings? Well, being as NVIDIA didn't seem think we needed one to review ;) , I'll dig up the numbers from Damage's 3dfx vs. NVIDIA: Doing the math article.

 

Core clock

Pixel pipelines

Fill rate Mpixels/sec

Textures per pixel

Fill rate Mtexels/sec

GeForce DDR

120MHz

4

480

1

480

GeForce 2 GTS

200MHz

4

800

2

1600

GeForce 2 GTS Ultra

250MHz

4

1000

2

2000

Voodoo 5 5500

166MHz

2 * 2

667

1

667

Voodoo 5 6000

166MHz

2 * 4

1333

1

1333

As you can see, the extra clock speed -- and more importantly, the extra memory bandwidth -- really give the GeForce 2 GTS Ultra a boost in it's overall "on paper" specs. Let's take a closer look at the GeForce 2 GTS Ultra's improved memory bandwidth..

 

Memory clock

Bus width

Memory

Memory bandwidth

GeForce DDR

300MHz (150MHz DDR)

128 bits

32MB

4.8GB/sec

GeForce 2 GTS

333MHz (166Mhz DDR)

128 bits

32MB

5.2GB/sec

GeForce 2 GTS Ultra

460MHz (230Mhz DDR)

128 bits

64MB

7.4GB/sec

Voodoo 5 5500

166MHz

128 bits * 2

32MB * 2

5.2GB/sec

Voodoo 5 6000

166MHz

128 bits * 4

32MB * 4

10.4GB/sec

So the GeForce 2 GTS gets a pretty big bump up in memory bandwidth with the Ultra line, an area where the original GeForce 2 GTS was really lacking. What does all this really mean for us as far as real-world performance? The bottom line is, most reviewers only really saw great speed improvements at hi-res settings (1280x1024 and 1600x1200). So, for those of you who just went out and bought a shiny new GeForce 2 GTS or Voodoo5 5500, don't feel to bad. After all, the GeForce 2 GTS Ultra does have one major drawback -- that super-hefty $499 MSRP price tag.

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