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ECS GeForce GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card - The Card

ECS is the latest company to mix it up with the GTS 250. We take a closer look at exactly what they've done with their variant.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 16, 2009 6:59 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ECS

The Card

 

Moving on to the graphics card we can see that ECS has decided to mix it up in the cooling department. This is the main change we see companies offer. Like most companies we can see it's a pretty big cooler that covers almost the whole card with just a bit of PCB being seen down the right side.

 

ECS GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card

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We can of course see that ECS has added a big sticker to the cooler which lets us know the model and brand. In the center we have a fan that sits over the core and behind it we can see a number of aluminum fins that help move the heat off the core.

 

ECS GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card

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Looking around the card some more, we see a single 6-pin PCI-E connector at the back of the card, which is a bit interesting since we found ECS included two convertors in the bundle. Here we can also see that ECS is using the tension plate across the top of the card which prevents it bending. While no doubt useful, the best feature of it is the look because it makes the card look meaner and better designed, especially when you have a window in your case.

 

ECS GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card

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Closer to the front of the card we have our two SLI connectors which means we can run up to three of these cards together. Next to this we also have the white plug that is used for the loop back cable, which as we've mentioned let's you get sound through the HDMI convertor along with video.

 

ECS GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card

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Here we can see that there's nothing too out of the ordinary; we have two Dual-Link DVI connectors along with a single TV-Out port. As you may have guessed as well, the cooler does make the card a dual slot one which isn't uncommon for mid to high models these days.

 

Specifications

 

Since ECS went to the effort to change the cooler on the model, it was a bit disappointing to see that they didn't do anything with the clocks. Of course that doesn't mean you can't overclock yourself, but it's always nice to see companies give us a bit of a bump in both the core and memory department out of the box.

 

ECS GTS 250 1GB Graphics Card

 

The default clocks mean we've got a 740MHz core, 1836MHz shader clock and the 1GB of GDDR3 memory coming in at 2000MHz DDR.

 

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