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Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition review

£253 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Zotac

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition is an overclocked graphics card built around the GeForce 275 - nVidia's challenger to ATI's Radeon HD 4890 graphics chip.

The Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition is an overclocked graphics card built around the GeForce 275 - nVidia's challenger to ATI's Radeon HD 4890 graphics chip.

Update - the Zotac has dropped significantly in price since we reviewed it. We'll be updating our review shortly.

Graphics giants nVidia and ATI release a huge variety of chips these days, so it's just as well that they've finally sorted out their naming issues.

Time was when graphics cards came out with a bewildering mix of model numbers - often attaching a lower figure to the faster cards, just to keep consumers on their toes. Thankfully those days appear to be behind us, and even without looking at the specifications, we can divine that the 275 comes somewhere between the 265 and 285 graphics chips. But where exactly does that ‘somewhere' fall. And, more to the point, does it fall higher than that of the ATI Radeon HD 4890?

So the GeForce 275 is nVidia's swift riposte to ATI's Radeon HD 4890. In essence the 275 is a 285 with less memory. That doesn't just stretch to the capacity (although, with 896MB of GDDR3 RAM rather than 1GB in the 285, the 275 does fall behind there too).

The memory interface is smaller too, swapping the 285's meaty 512-bit architecture for a mere 448-bit. But, before you write off the 275, nVidia has tried to keep up the clock speeds to compensate. The standard 275 sees a core clock of 633MHz and a memory clock of 1134MHz (2,268MHz DDR effective). These trail only marginally those of the 285.

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Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition Expert Verdict »

nVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
896MB GDDR3
702MHz core clock
1260MHz memory clock (2520MHz DDR effective)
400MHz Ramdac
448-bit memory interface
240 stream processors
PCI-E Interface
2 x 6-pin power connectors
TV out
DirectX 10.0
DVI
5-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The 275 is good overall, but, even with Zotac’s superb execution, the Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition card isn’t so far ahead that it leaves the 4890 in the dust. More significantly, the ATI 4890 is considerably cheaper. It’s fallen further since last month and, at the time of writing, the Sapphire version is retailing for £210 – a massive £43 cheaper than the Zotac nVidia GeForce GTX 275 AMP! Edition. Should the gap come down to less than £20 then the Zotac will arguably be the better buy. Until that time, while this is a very viable card that offers strong performance around the £250 mark, we can’t recommend it as the first choice in the £200-£260 price bracket.

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