04-12-2009 #1Takavach Guest
EVGA Releases GTX 275 FTW Edition, Faster Than GTX 280 FTW
EVGA released its fresh new Geforce GTX 275 FTW Edition 896-P3-1173-AR graphics card, which marks a significant achievement in the competitive GTX 275 lineup from various manufacturers for its superior clock speeds and its relatively competitive pricing.
Not surprisingly, the EVGA Geforce GTX 275 For The Win is officially the fastest GTX 275 card to date, with clock speeds of a 713MHz core, 1512MHz shaders, and 896MB of 512-bit GDDR3 memory at 2520MHz.
Unfortunately, this model does not come with double memory chips for a 1792MB configuration, but the frequencies of its GPU do bring up an interesting observation. When compared with the Geforce GTX 280 FTW Edition that launched in June 2008 at 670/1458/2430, the new GTX 275 FTW with the lower model number actually has faster overall clock speeds.
In terms of theoretical performance at factory overclocked memory speeds, the 55nm GTX 275 FTW gives roughly 141.12GB/s of memory bandwidth on a 448-bit interface, while the 65nm GTX 280 FTW gives 155.52GB/s on a 512-bit interface. It is also important to note that the 55nm GTX 285 FTW Edition expectedly still tops both models with roughly 177.4GB/s on a 512-bit interface.
Overall, it seems apparent that memory performance of remains linearly consistent throughout Nvidia's GTX 200-series naming scheme on these maximum factory-overclocked cards. However, the GPU core and shader clock speeds still play a critical factor in overall performance, and with the apparent number inconsistencies, we are eager to compare these three top notch cards side by side to resolve any confusion that may be brought up between the GTX 275 FTW and GTX 280 FTW.
We do realize that the GTX 280 is not listed on Nvidia's product lineup anymore as it has gone end-of-life and off the shelf, but it should still be recognized that many consumers still own and operate this particular GPU.
Nevertheless, the EVGA Geforce GTX 275 For The Win is currently available directly from EVGA for $299 and is expected to make its way to other retailers very shortly.
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