|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 GTX275 CO-OP First Look
The EVGA GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition is a largish double-slot card. Its 10.5" length is standard for higher-end video cards and it will fit in most mid-tower cases.
Rather than the squirrel-cage fan used by most video cards in this xxx, EVGA opts instead for a larger, bladed fan in the center of the card. The GTS250 GPU is near the rear of the card and the GTX275 GPU is near the front of the card. The card's cooler exhausts air from both the front and rear of the card.
At the rear of the card we see the twin HDMI connectors. Unlike many other higher-end NVIDIA-based cards, the GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition does not include an S-VHS video connector. The small "dot" above the DVI connectors is a power LED that glows green when the card's power cables are connected. The exhaust vents next to the connectors service the GTS 250 side of the card.
On the back of the card we see the 16 screws securing parts of the cooling system and shroud. The black panel at the front of the card covers additional memory chips for the GTX 275 GPU.
The card requires both 8-pin and 6-pin PCI-E power connectors, not surprising given the two GPUs and more than a gigabyte of memory.
The card's accessory bundle includes a quick start pamphlet, DVI-to-VGA and DVI-to-HDMI connectors, a Molex-to-6-pin PCI-E power adapter cable, a two-6-pin-to-one-8-pin PCI-E power adapter cable, a generic installation manual, a driver CD, a case badge, and a SPDIF cable. Until March 22, 2010, EVGA offers buyers of this card a free download of the Cryostasis first-person shooter game. Neither the printed manual, on-disk manual, or quick start pamphlet discuss the proper configuration of the card to make the best use of its PhysX capabilities. In fact, aside from a "Dedicated GTS 250 GPU for PhysX!" callout on the box, it's not mentioned at all. Apparently the target audience for this card already knows this stuff.
Join me in the next section as I take a detailed look at the hardware on this card.