GeForce GTX 275 Roundup (Gigabyte, EVGA, MSI, Sparkle, BFG)

by Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig     |     May 24, 2009

GTX 275 Cards Galore! The Specifications

As we mentioned in the introduction, Nvidia’s board partners may have gotten off to a slow start with their GTX 275 models but they have now gone at the market like gangbusters. As such, they have bridged the gap between the GTX 260 216 and the higher-end GTX 285 with a myriad of cards that touch upon nearly every price point.

Of the cards we have here today, the lone stock core speed card is the one from Gigabyte but looks can be deceiving. We chose to bring in this card because Gigabyte promises that with their Ultra Durable VGA initiative (basically fabricating a custom PCB and beefing up the components), their card will not only overclock better but also consume less power than its competitors. Those are some pretty lofty goals but if anyone can achieve them, its Gigabyte. In addition, this card has its memory overclocked to pretty high levels but the core sticks to reference speeds so it will be interesting to see how overclocking only one parameter will increase performance.

In the slightly overclocked category we have the BFG GTX 275 OC along with the Sparkle GTX 275 PLUS which ironically have the exact same clock speeds. While the minor overclocks may not account for much in the way of actual performance, every little bit counts. BFG was supposed to send us one of their OCX models but unfortunately they couldn’t get one ready in time as they were still determining final clock speeds.

MSI’s GTX 275 Twin Frozr OC is not only overclocked but it is also the only card in this roundup that makes use of a custom heatsink design. This is supposed to allow the card to operate at lower than stock temperatures while maintaining faster than stock speeds. The final core clock speed is definitely interesting in a creepy sort of way but it makes this card the second highest clocked one here.

EVGA’s FTW (For The Win) cards are usually among the best of the best and judging from the speeds their GTX 275 shows, this isn’t an idle boast. The core speed reaches an incredible 713Mhz. That speed is all the more amazing when you realize that the highest we were able to overclock our reference GTX 275 was 731Mhz core. There is some serious binning going on here considering we have it from reliable sources that many GTX 275 cards are having issues with stability at around 700Mhz. If there is one card here that has the potential to best a GTX 285, it is this one.

A latecomer (and you have no idea how late) to the roundup is the EVGA GTX 275 1792MB. This card uses stock speeds on both the memory and the core but is decked out with one seriously large framebuffer. Will nearly 2GB make any difference at higher resolutions with IQ turned up to stratospheric levels? We’ll just have to find out.

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