|EVGA Geforce GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 08 February 2010|
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EVGA GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition Review
NVIDIA and ATI dominate the market for gaming-oriented video cards. But neither company sells video cards directly to the consumer; rather, they produce "reference designs" that are manufactured by a number of "partners". Most partners simply produce the reference design and slap an identifying sticker on the card's cooler; although some might replace the reference design cooler with a quieter or more powerful solution, with few exceptions there's little to distinguish one partner's version of a specific card from another partner's version of the same card. EVGA breaks out of this rut with their EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition, model 012-P3-1178-TR, which combines NVIDIA GTS250 and GTX275 GPUs on the same card, and Benchmark Reviews takes it around the block to see what it's got.
Dual-GPU graphics cards are nothing new: the long-defunct Voodoo prototyped two and four-GPU cards (that never made it to market), and ATI introduced the Rage Fury Maxx twin-GPU card in 1999 (but poor driver support doomed it). NVIDIA's first successful foray into the dual-GPU market came in 2006 with the 7900GX2, and since then both ATI and NVIDIA have produced a number of dual-GPU cards. But what makes the EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition different is that it comprises two different GPUs: a GTX250 and a GTX275. Rather than working together in an SLI configuration, the duties of the GPUs are separate: the GTX 275 is used for rendering, while the GTS 250 is used for PhysX.
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