As we reported last week EVGA launched a weird hybrid card yesterday in the Santa Clara nVidia campus although Nvidia had nothing to do with the creation of the card.
EVGA basically removed one GPU from a GTX 295 and built in a GTS 250 to handle physX – in my article a while ago I found the GTS250 to be the best value long term physX card for nVidia owners – so technically it was a good decision from EVGA.
This card is known as the GeForce GTX 275 Co-Op PhysX (not the most catchy name) and features a GTX 275 clocked at 633mhz – slightly slower than the 648mhz reference figures. The GTS 250 element is clocked at 738mhz. The 240 cores from the GTX275 operate at 1.30ghz and the 128 cores on the GTS function at 1.84ghz. The memory element of the card is split into two seperate banks, with the 275 side featuring 896MB of frame buffer memory at 1136mhz (2.27 GT/s) and 384MB at 1.1ghz DDR. This gives an overall bandwitch of 127 + 52.8 GB/s.
The remainder of the board has an identical cooler to the GTX 295 with one less PCI express bridge. For you SLI freaks this is compatible with pairing in 2 way and 3 way SLI but not with another Coop board. eVGA recommend mixing it with a 275 or 295 GTX.
The price is around the $350 mark and you get Batman: Arkham Asylum bundled.
It is an interesting product but it feels to me more a ‘stop gap’ for the upcoming fermi architecture than anything really exciting and new, especially when you take into consideration the lack of any really good PhysX titles (apart from the bundled game obviously).
Allan Campbell: Heaven Media