Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 896MB Review

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     April 2, 2009

Nvidia GTX 275 896MB Specifications

We mentioned in the introduction that the GTX 275 is nothing more than single GPU version of the popular GTX 295. To a certain extent that is true considering it uses the same frambuffer size, bus width and 55nm core that is found on each individual PCB of the GTX 295. On the other hand, the actual clock speeds are increased since Nvidia didn’t have to worry about the thermal load of two GPUs as they did with the GTX 295. When seen in relation to the GTX 260 216, it is pretty evident that the GTX 275’s performance should greatly outstrip even overclocked versions of that card.

However, the more interesting aspect about the specifications is how they relate to the GTX 280 and GTX 285. With the same number of Stream Processors as the higher-end cards plus higher speeds than the outgoing GTX 280, the potential for class-leading performance definitely seems to be there in spades. The only minor details that could hold this card back are its memory bus, number of ROPs and framebuffer size. It should be interesting to see if these aspects show performance differences across the entire spectrum or only at the higher end of the IQ settings we use in our testing.

Honestly, the GTX 275’s placement is a bit odd and it looks like Nvidia may have outdone themselves when it came to competing with the HD 4890. If you look closely at the specifications, it is pretty apparent that this card is within spitting distance of the GTX 285 1GB yet far out in front of the GTX 260 216. This could mean some overlap when it comes to performance but more importantly, will this card mean the GTX 285 will suffer in the long run? Don’t get me wrong, if the GTX 275 can keep up with the GTX 285 then customers will benefit in the short term but where does that leave the rest of Nvidia’s lineup? Only time will tell but we will have to wait a bit until we get to the benchmarks for the real low-down.

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