NVIDIA GTX 275 Reviewccokeman - April 2, 2009
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It looks like nVidia brought a gun to a knife fight when you compare the performance of the latest cards from both ATI and nVidia. The GTX 275 just outperformed the HD 4890 at every turn, with the exception being Crysis Warhead where the GTX 275 was beaten in all four resolutions. In the GTX 275 you have what equates to half of a GTX 295. You get the 240 shader processor cores of the GTX280/285 with the memory subsystem from the GTX 260. Surprisingly, this combination offers exceptional performance across just about every game tested with this card. In fact, out of 36 tests run, the GTX 275 outright won the resolution in 30 out of 36 tests and was equal to or better than the HD 4890 in 32 out of 36 tests. Pretty much a big win for the GTX 275. The cooling on the GTX 275 is the reference cooler from nVidia. It does an admirable job of keeping the big GT200 core relatively cool when the drivers are controlling the cooling with load temperatures of 88 degrees Celsius under load. Turn the fan speeds up and you are welcomed with some noise to let you know the fan is there but it isn't nearly as loud as the ATI cooling solution. When the fan is spooled up the load temperatures take a drop down to 64 degrees Celsius. Easily a zone I am comfortable with. If you adjust the fan speed to 60% the fan noise almost disappears while still keeping the GPU in the mid 60's Celsius.
There is more to the GTX 275 than just the gaming uses for the card, There are the CUDA based applications that increase productivity by decreasing the time it takes to complete tasks we do frequently such as video editing and encoding, cleaning up photos and video with programs such as Motion DSP's vReveal software that really is amazing to watch at work. Additionally, you have applications like Badaboom that allow you to convert video to formats usable on portable media devices like iPhones, iPods and even the Blackberry (look for reviews on both of these applications shortly). You can use the GPU acceleration features in Photoshop CS4 to help speed up your photo editing. You can use the GTX 275 to help search for a cure for cancer and other devastating diseases with Folding@Home or go on a search for aliens with Seti@Home. Getting back to the gaming uses for the GTX 275, it can be used with nVidia's Geforce 3D Vision 3D goggles to give you a complete 3D experience. Then you add PhysX effects and now the ambient occlusion effect on top of the 3D gaming and you get closer to a more realistic experience with the whole family of technologies. So where does pricing put the GTX 275? As you might imagine, it falls right between the GTX260-216 core in the 170 to 300 dollar range and the GTX 285 in the 340 to 360 dollar range and is going to be offered at $249 at launch. This compares favorably with the pricing on the HD 4890, which will also launch with the $249 price tag. When you look at price vs. performance, the GTX 275 is the winner hands down when it comes to decision time. Performance that comes close to the GTX 280 for the price of an overclocked 260 puts this card as the one to get if a single GPU card is in your future. If looking to upgrade from a GTX 260, you could save some money and go with the GTX 275 instead of the higher end 285. The price is right, the performance is right, how could you go wrong with the GTX 275? Easy, you can't!
- Excellent performance
- Cool running
- CUDA enabled applications
- GeForce 3DVision