|EVGA Geforce GTX275 CO-OP PhysX Edition|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by David Ramsey - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 07 February 2010|
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EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP Conclusion
Normally, Benchmark Reviews rates performance against other, similar products. However, the unique design of this card makes it difficult to compare. It's priced between standard GTX 275 and GTX 285 cards, and is much cheaper than separate GTS 250 and GTX 275 cards, so on a bang-for-the-buck basis, it really has no competition...as long as this particular combination of GPUs fits your needs.
If you're an NVIDIA fan, an extra $50 or so over the cost of this card buys a GTX 285, which will provide 15%-20% better frame rates at high resolutions in games where PhysX is not used (which, it must be admitted, are most games), but would not perform as well when PhysX was involved. The least expensive solution that would provide better overall performance would be separate GTX 285 and GTS 250 cards, which would still cost much more than this card. The GTX 275 GPU provides enough performance to play most modern games at high settings and resolutions, and there's always the option of adding one or two more standard GTX 275 cards for an SLI system if you need more performance down the road. You could even use one or more GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition cards in SLI, but note that CUDA processes like PhysX cannot be split across multiple GPUs as rendering can, so such a configuration would not improve PhysX performance.
As NVIDIA's partners struggle to compete with the ATI juggernaut, it's nice to see this kind of "out of the box" thinking in video card design. Still, this card would have been a more compelling solution, and a better value, before the introduction of ATI's DirectX 11 cards, which offer substantial performance and feature benefits, as long as you're willing to live without PhysX. But this card's designed for and marketed to people for whom PhysX is a major consideration, and in that limited market, it's without peer.
Like most components inside your computer, this card will be all but invisible; even a windowed case will show only the top edge. Still, I'm glad the garish "Joker" sticker that adorned the coolers of the early cards has given way to a more restrained design. The radiator fins visible through the front of the card's cooling shroud give it a businesslike, "technical" appearance.
The build quality of the card is excellent, with little touches like a back plate covering the memory chips near the front of the card. The custom-designed cooling solution, with its weighty heat-pipe radiators, is especially nice. The only design improvement I could suggest would be to move the GTX 275 GPU to the rear of the card, so that its hot air is expelled from the case, with the lower-power GTS 250's exhaust towards the front.
With a $70 savings for the combined 012-P3-1178-TR Co-Op model as compared to buying separate GTS 250 and GTX 275-based cards, the EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition is a good value selling for $349.99 at NewEgg ($329 after rebate). It's hard to find real bargains in high-end video cards these days, with most manufacturer partners selling similar cards at similar prices, but this card certainly qualifies. This card's unique design and market positioning, along with its performance and price, earn it the Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval.
+ Unique NVIDIA-based design aimed directly at serious gamers
- Card design exhausts hot air from the GTX 275 inside the case
Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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