The Quadro NVS 290 was a mid-range professional graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in October 2007. Built on the 80 nm process, and based on the G86 graphics processor, the card supports DirectX 11.1. Even though it supports DirectX 11, the feature level is only 10_0, which can be problematic with many DirectX 11 & DirectX 12 titles. The G86 graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 127 mm² and 210 million transistors. It features 16 shading units, 8 texture mapping units, and 4 ROPs. NVIDIA has paired 256 MB DDR2 memory with the Quadro NVS 290, which are connected using a 64-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 459 MHz, memory is running at 400 MHz.
Being a single-slot card, the NVIDIA Quadro NVS 290 does not require any additional power connector, its power draw is rated at 21 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DMS-59. Quadro NVS 290 is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 1.0 x16 interface. The card measures 168 mm in length, and features a single-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 149 US Dollars.
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