A week and a half ago, news hit the internet that Nvidia had launched its first Geforce 300-series desktop card, which garnered hopes from its massive consumer base that it was preparing to unveil the full next-generation series over the next few months. Unfortunately, the unveiling of the “behemoth” Geforce G 310 was overhyped too quickly, as prospective consumers and media analysts alike soon realized it to be a simple rebranded, refreshed version of the Geforce G 210 marketed for OEM distributors.
Today, our friends at Turkish site DonanimHaber have recently uncovered news on HP’s site about a Geforce 315 next-generation desktop card surfacing in the OEM channel. Information about the card was revealed within the company’s product specifications page for the HP Pro 2000 Microtower PC. The system comes factory-equipped with an Intel G41-based motherboard with integrated GMA X4500 graphics. However, HP lists an optional discreet graphics processor variety to choose from, including the Nvidia Geforce 315 1GB ATX PCI-E x16.
While complete information about this newly discovered GPU remains speculative at best, we do know that it is based on the 40nm GT216 core (GT216-200-A2), carries the codename “D10M2-20,” supports DirectX 10.1 and is supposedly the OEM version of the recently launched Geforce GT 220. In specific, the Geforce 315 runs at identically the same speeds with a 625MHz core, 1360MHz shaders, and 1800MHz DDR3 memory. However, the memory has been doubled on this OEM card to 1GB of 128-bit DDR3, up from 512MB of 128-bit DDR3 on the stock version of the Geforce GT 220 (although several manufacturers supply 512MB and 1GB variants).
Additional specifications remain the same with 48 stream processors, 8 ROPs, HDMI output, a maximum power draw of 52W, and the same physical dimensions. Pricing and availability are the only two undetermined variables within the information pool, but we will have updates on them as we learn more.
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