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AMD Radeon HD 4890 RV790 and GeForce GTX 275 Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: AMD
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Introducing the GeForce GTX 275 896MB

A surprise entry into the GPU market in this price range is the GeForce GTX 275 896MB we received at the 11th hour.  The GTX 275 is not a new GPU at all – rather this is an architecture we are intimately familiar with seen in a different way.  Do you remember the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 1792MB graphics card?  Take one, cut it in half, and there you have it, a GTX 275 from NVIDIA.


There are some changes of course compared to the GTX 295 GPUs including a higher core clock speed (633 MHz over 576 MHz), a higher shader clock (1404 MHz against 1242 MHz) and a higher memory clock (1134 MHz against 1000 MHz).  With the full 240 shader processors included on the GeForce GTX 285<LINK> you can see that the GTX 275 will likely will perform very well and close to that of the GTX 285.  In fact, the results are going to be VERY close. 


The physical features of the GTX 275 also look very familiar as you can see: it’s a two-slot cooler design with the now common GT200-series cooling configuration.


The card sports two dual-link DVI outputs.

And like the GTX 285 and HD 4890 from AMD it still requires a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connections.

Both standard and 3-Way SLI are support on the GTX 275.

The chip on the GTX 275 is hidden behind the girth of the heat spreader NVIDIA adopted on the GT200 design; and it is still huge.

The target price of the GTX 275 is a little more fluid than that of the HD 4890: I was told that it would be in the $260 price range as well, but depending on performance results, it might be a little bit more than the new AMD RV790.  It all depends on what NVIDIA and its partners finally decide but it will likely be sometime into mid to late April until we see GTX 275s available for purchase.

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