Final Words and Conclusion
When analysing the performance of the hardware there are occasions when it can be outperformed by the GTX 275, however Asus do provide us with additional flexibility courtesy of SmartDoctor. This software allows us to increase the core voltage of the graphics card and as a result achieve excellent overclocking results which bring increased performance. This voltage increase is covered by the fantastic Asus warranty.
Sapphire Radeon 4890 1GB
Sapphire are also offering a faster clocked version of the reference 4890 we received today for testing, we unfortunately didn’t have one for review but we are positive it will be around the same performance as the XFX model.
GeForce GTX 275
It is clear from the performance figures achieved by the GTX 275 that it is a very desirable product. Throughout our testing the card was often leading the pack and regularly produced higher minimum framerates than the competition. CUDA/GPU computing continues to impress us and new additions such as vReveal detail just how useful and flexible the GeForce GPU can be. The one issue we found with the card was a reasonably high load temperature but we expect this to be resolved with retail cards.
Providing Nvidia and their partners can bring this card to market in a timely manner and at the price level indicated to us they should have a very popular product on their hands and one that it is hard not to recommend.
EDIT: After publication Nvidia have informed us the 275 cards are already available.