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GeForce 200 Series
Release date 2008-2009
Codename G92a/b, GT200a/b, GT215, GT216, GT218
Models GeForce Series
  • GeForce GT Series
  • GeForce GTS Series
  • GeForce GTX Series
Fabrication process and transistors 505M 55nm (G94B)
  • 754M 55nm (G92B)
  • 260M 40nm (GT218)
  • 486M 40nm (GT216)
  • 727M 40nm (GT215)
  • 1,400M 65nm (GT200A)
  • 1,400M 55nm (GT200B)
Cards
Entry-level 205, 210, GT 220, GT 230
Mid-range GT 240, GTS 250
High-end GTX 260, GTX 275, GTX 280, GTX 285, GTX 295
Rendering support
Direct3D Direct3D 10.0
Shader Model 4.0
(GTS250, GTX 260-295)
Direct3D 10.1
Shader Model 4.1
(210/G210, GT 220, GT 240)
OpenGL OpenGL 3.3
History
Predecessor GeForce 9 Series
Variant GeForce 300 Series
Successor GeForce 400 Series

The GeForce 200 Series is the 10th generation of Nvidia's GeForce graphics processing units, still based on the Tesla (microarchitecture) (GT-codenamed chips), named after the inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla.

Architecture[edit]

The Geforce 200 Series introduces Nvidia's second generation of Tesla (microarchitecture), Nvidia's unified shader architecture; the first major update to it since introduced with the GeForce 8 Series.

The GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 are based on the same processor core. During the manufacturing process, GTX chips are binned and separated through defect testing of the core's logic functionality. Those that fail to meet the GTX 280 hardware specification are re-tested and binned as GTX 260 (which is specified with fewer stream processors, less ROPs and a narrower memory bus).

In late 2008, Nvidia re-released the GTX 260 with 216 stream processors, up from 192. Effectively, there were two GTX 260 cards in production with non-trivial performance differences.

The GeForce 200 series GPUs (GT200a/b GPU), excluding GeForce GTS 250, GTS 240 GPUs (these are older G92b GPUs), have double precision support for use in GPGPU applications. GT200 GPUs also have improved performance in geometry shading.

As of June 2008, the GT200 was the largest commercial GPU ever constructed. It consists of 1.4 billion transistors covering a 576 mm2 die surface area built on a 65 nm process. To date, the GT200 is the largest CMOS-logic chip that has been fabricated at the TSMC foundry. The GeForce 400 Series have since superseded the GT200 chips in transistor count, but the original GT200 dies still exceed the GF100 die size.

Nvidia officially announced and released the retail version of the previously OEM only GeForce 210 (GT218 GPU) and GeForce GT 220 (GT216 GPU) on October 12, 2009. Nvidia officially announced and released the GeForce GT 240 (GT215 GPU) on November 17, 2009. The new 40nm GPUs feature the new PureVideo HD VP4 decoder hardware in them, the older GeForce 8 and 9 GPUs only have PureVideo HD VP2 or VP3(G98). They also support Compute Capability 1.2, whereas older GeForce 8 and 9 GPUs only supported Compute Capability 1.1. All GT21x GPUs also contain an audio processor inside and support 8 channel LPCM output through HDMI.

Chipset table[edit]

GeForce 200 Series[edit]

All models support Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, Angle-Independent Anisotropic Filtering, 240-bit OpenEXR HDR

Model Launch Code name Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Die Count Bus interface Memory (MiB) Core config 1 Clock rate Fillrate Memory Configuration API support (version) Processing Power GFLOPS TDP (watts) GFLOPS/W Comments
Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s) Texture (GT/s) Bandwidth (GB/s) DRAM type Bus width (bit) DirectX OpenGL
GeForce 205 November 26, 2009 GT218 40 260 57 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512 8:4:4 589 1402 1000 2.356 2.356 8 DDR2 64 10.1 3.3 33.4 30.5 1.06 OEM only
GeForce 210 October 12, 2009 GT218 40 260 57 1 PCIe 2.0 x16
PCIe x1
PCI
512
1024
16:8:4 520
589
1230
1402
1000–1600 2.356 4.712 4.0
8.0
12.8
DDR2
DDR3
32
64
10.1 3.3 67.296 30.5 2.21
GeForce GT 220 October 12, 2009 GT216 40 486 100 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512
1024
48:16:8 615(OEM)
625
1335(OEM)
1360
1000
1580
5 10 16.0
25.3
DDR2
DDR3
128 10.1 3.3 192(OEM)
196
58 3.31(OEM)
3.38
GeForce GT 230 v.1 2009 G94b 55 505 196?[citation needed] 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512
1024
48:24:16 650 1625 1800 10.4 15.6 57.6 GDDR3 256 10 3.3 234 75 3.12 OEM only
GeForce GT 230 v.2 2009 G92b 55 754 260 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 1536 96:48:12 500 1242 1000 6 24 24 DDR2 192 10 3.3 357.69 75 4.77 OEM only
GeForce GT 240 November 17, 2009 GT215 40 727 139 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512
1024
96:32:8 550 1340 1800
2000
3400(GDDR5)
4.4 17.6 28.8(OEM)
32
54.4(GDDR5)
DDR3
GDDR3
GDDR5
128 10.1 3.3 385.9 69 5.59
GeForce GTS 240 Q4 2009 G92a
G92b
65
55
754 324
260
1 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 112:56:16 675 1620 2200 10.8 37.8 70.4 GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 554.32 120 4.62 OEM only
GeForce GTS 250 Green 2009 G92b 65
55
754 260 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512
1024
128:64:16 702 1512 2000 11.2 44.9 64.0 GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 581 130 4.47
GeForce GTS 250 March 3, 2009 G92-428-B1 65
55
754 260 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 512
1024
128:64:16 738 1836 2000
2200
11.808 47.232 64.0
70.4
GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 705.024 150 4.86 Some cards are rebranded GeForce 9800 GTX+
GeForce GTX 260 June 16, 2008 GT200-100-A2 65 1400 576 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 896 192:64:28 576 1242 1998 16.128 36.864 111.9 GDDR3 448 10.0 3.3 715.392 202 3.54 Replaced by GTX 260 Core 216
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 September 16, 2008 GT200-103-A2
GT200-105-B3
65
55
1400 576
470
1 PCIe 2.0 x16 896 (1792) 216:72:28 576 1242 1998 16.128 41.472 111.9 GDDR3 448 10.0 3.3 804.816
874.8
182
171
4.42
4.71
GeForce GTX 275 April 9, 2009 GT200-400-B3 55 1400 470 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 896 240:80:28 633 1404 2268 17.724 50.6 127.0 GDDR3 448 10.0 3.3 1010.880 219 4.62 Effectively one-half of the GTX 295
GeForce GTX 280 June 17, 2008 GT200-300-A2 65 1400 576 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 240:80:32 602 1296 2214 19.264 48.16 141.7 GDDR3 512 10.0 3.3 933.120 236 3.95 Replaced by GTX 285
GeForce GTX 285 January 15, 2009 GT200-350-B3 55 1400 470 1 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 (2048*) 240:80:32 648 1476 2484 20.736 51.84 159.0 GDDR3 512 10.0 3.3 1062.72 204 5.24 Palit and EVGA launched 2GB versions. EVGA GTX285 Classified can support 4-way SLI
GeForce GTX 295 January 8, 2009 GT200-400-B3 55 2x 1400 2x 470 2 PCIe 2.0 x16 2x 896 2x 240:80:28 576 1242 1998 2x 16.128 2x 46.08 2x 111.9 GDDR3 2x 448 10.0 3.3 1788.480 289 6.19 Dual PCB models were phased out in favor of a single PCB model with 2 GPUs
Model Launch Code name Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Die Count Bus interface Memory (MiB) Core config 1 Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s) Texture (GT/s) Bandwidth (GB/s) DRAM type Bus width (bit) DirectX OpenGL GFLOPS (MADD+MUL) TDP (Watts) GFLOPS/W Comments
Clock rate Fillrate Memory Configuration API support (version)

Features[edit]

Compute Capability: 1.1 (G92 [GTS250] GPU)
Compute Capability: 1.2 (GT215, GT216, GT218 GPUs)
Compute Capability: 1.3 has double precision support for use in GPGPU applications. (GT200a/b GPUs only)

Model Features
Scalable Link Interface (SLI) PureVideo 2 with VP2

Engine: (BSP and 240 AES)

PureVideo 4 with VP4 Engine
GeForce 210 No No Yes
GeForce GT 220
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GTS 250 Yes
3-Way (4-way for EVGA 285 Classified)
Yes No
GeForce GTX 260
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216
GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 (55 nm)
GeForce GTX 275
GeForce GTX 280
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 295 Yes

GeForce 200M (2xxM) Series[edit]

The GeForce 200M Series is a graphics processor architecture for notebooks.

Model Launch Code name Fab (nm) Bus interface Memory (MiB) Core config1 Clock speed Fillrate Memory API support (version) Processing Power (GFLOPS) TDP (watts) GFLOPS/W Notes
Core (MHz) Shader (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s) Texture (GT/s) Bandwidth (GB/s) Bus type Bus width (bit) DirectX OpenGL
GeForce G210M June 15, 2009 GT218 40 PCIe 2.0 x16 512 16:8:4 625 1500 1600 2.5 5 12.8 GDDR3 64 10.1 3.3 72 14 5.14 Lower clocked versions of the GT218 core is also known as Nvidia ION 2
GeForce GT 220M 2009 G96b 55 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 32:16:8 500 1250 1000
1600
4 8 16
25.6
DDR2
GDDR3
128 10.0 3.3 120 14 8.57 rebranded 9600M GT @55 nm node shrink
GeForce GT 230M June 15, 2009 GT216 40 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 48:16:8 500 1100 1600 4 8 25.6 GDDR3 128 10.1 3.3 158 23 6.87
GeForce GT 240M June 15, 2009 GT216 40 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 48:16:8 550 1210 1600 4.4 8.8 25.6 GDDR3 128 10.1 3.3 174 23 7.57
GeForce GTS 250M June 15, 2009 GT215 40 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 96:32:8 500 1250 3200 4 16 51.2 GDDR5 128 10.1 3.3 360 28 12.86
GeForce GTS 260M June 15, 2009 GT215 40 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 96:32:8 550 1375 3600 4.4 17.6 57.6 GDDR5 128 10.1 3.3 396 38 10.42
GeForce GTX 260M March 3, 2009 G92b 55 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 112:56:16 550 1375 1900 8.8 30.8 60.8 GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 462 65 7.11
GeForce GTX 280M March 3, 2009 G92b 55 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 128:64:16 585 1463 1900 9.36 37.44 60.8 GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 562 75 7.49
GeForce GTX 285M February, 2010 G92b 55 PCIe 2.0 x16 1024 128:64:16 600 1500 2000 9.6 38.4 64.0 GDDR3 256 10.0 3.3 576 75 7.68 Higher Clocked Version of GTX280M with new memory

Discontinued support[edit]

NVIDIA will cease driver support for GeForce 200 series on April 1 2016.[1]

  • Windows XP 32-bit & Media Center Edition: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download
  • Windows XP 64-bit: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8 32-bit: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8 64-bit: version 340.52 (WHQL) released on July 29, 2014; Download

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