Inno3D iChill GTX275 ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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When looking for a video card that is capable of playing games well at high quality, users are bombarded with choices: brands, versions, overclocked and stock speeds, and many other variables. The recently released GTX 275 is intended to fill the price and performance gap between the GTX 260 and GTX 285/295, and also combat AMD’s new 4890, all the while still offering high-end performance. Up for review is Inno3D’s iChill GTX 275 with a non-reference cooler designed by Arctic Cooling. The card comes with 896MB of GDDR3 clocked at 2350MHz, the core running at 670MHz, and shaders at 1474MHz, all on a 55nm fabrication process with 240 stream processors. Overall, the card matches specifications of a GTX 280/285 and half of a GTX 295 on stream processors, and matches a GTX 260 and GTX 295 with 896MB of memory. Power usage and efficiency, along with overall clock speed and overclocking ability, should be improved over the older GTX 280, while the smaller memory bus (448-bit) and 128MB less memory may take a little away from the card compared to the 512-bit 1GB memory on the GTX 280/285s.
Inno3D is the graphics card division of the company InnoVISION Multimedia Limited. InnoVISION is a multimedia hardware products company that was founded in 1998 in Hong Kong, China, producing mostly Nvidia-based graphics cards, while the company also has produced some motherboards. Other brands include InnoDV digital video/capture cards, InnoAX high-end sound/audio cards, and EIO advanced peripherals. The company aims to bring the ultimate experience to users at an affordable price point.
When the box arrived, it was scuffed like it had done a lot of sliding. The front of the box has some perforated holes, which have a plastic liner behind them to keep dirt from getting in while still giving a sneak peek at the card inside. A label to the left indicates the overall basics like the Arctic Cooling Accelero XXX kit, core and memory speeds, and a 3 year warranty. To the right of the iChill logo, that appears on the bottom left, are two stickers for the free games Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, and Warmonger. The back side is glossy and has a partial snowflake in the upper-left corner, with the Inno3D and iChill logos abound. The bottom left corner has pictures with statements under them: Overclocking, Solid Cap (capacitors), and Cooling.
The side has another corner of the snowflake, again with iChill logo. Rotating it around, the other side has the remaining snowflake piece, and same logo along with a sticker with the barcode, model, memory, and cooler on it.
Opening the box reveals another box inside. This inner black box has a hole in it to show off the video card through the outer box. Opening this box shows the card protected by a layer of black foam, and a few layers of white foam.
After the first couple layers of protective foam, the extra peripherals are revealed in a cutout portion. Removing this layer and the layer that the card sits on shows the installation disk, manual, and free games. The video card comes with a Molex male and female to 6-pin power converter, DVI to VGA adapter, S-Video, and component outputs. Looks like HDMI with audio from the card will not be an option, since there is no plug or adapter, nor audio cable included.
With everything out of the box, let's take a peek at what’s on the disks and test the card out!