| Video Cards
| May 31, 2010 at 5:30 am CDT
Many of you would have heard about this one coming for a while now. NVIDIA has just introduced a third member into its GTX 400 series which nestled in at the bottom, giving users all the same technologies (DX11, PhysX, CUDA, 3D Vision Surround etc.) at a more easily reachable sub $300 price point.
Where the card differs to the GTX 470 is five less streaming multiprocessors, a 352 CUDA core count and 256-bit memory bus. It also has less GDDR5 memory at a rounded 1GB. The core and shader clock remains the same as the GTX 470 at 608MHz and 1215MHz, respectively. The memory speed is clocked slower, however; sitting at 3208MHz QDR vs. the 470's 3348MHz clock speed.
So, it's easy to see already that performance will dip a noticable amount lower than the GTX 470, but at the sub-300$ price point this is expected and still promises strong performance that many users will be satisfied with. It also means a cheaper SLI setup that should really get those frame rates moving.