Asus ENGTX275 896MB PCIe Graphics Card


I had high expectation of the GTX275, especially as it was from Asus, one of the leading brands in PC components. The card was extremely well packaged with a very smart looking box and I seriously doubt any Asus GTX275 could be damaged accidently during transit thanks to the amount of padding the GPU has.
I have mixed feelings over the cards performance. On the one hand I believe it is safe to assume that the GTX275 is clearly the better card than an ATI 4890 given the results we obtained today - more so considering that the 4890's included in our results were both overclocked editions. Job done then? Well not quite.
The problem, and this is a serious one if all GTX275's behave the same, is that the card runs hot. Hotter than I would like. So much so that it affected both overclocking and even normal gameplay when running the card, especially at extreme resolutions. I would like to think that this was simply a result of this card being a one off, a sample with poor paste application. It happens I guess and when I re-applyed the paste the temperatures did improve and thus prevented thermal throttling. Looking around the net there are few cases of GTX275's overheating so I can only assume the sample I recieved was a one off but it is certainly worth mentioning.
Aside from the temperature problems, the card breezed through the benchmarks, beating it's main rival with ease in the majority of games and benchmarks. So how do the prices compare? Historically, NVidia cards have held a premium over their ATI counterpartsbut that is not the case here. The overclocked ATI 4890's retail for around the £165 mark with stock versions available for a little under £150. The Asus ENGTX275 is available for £150 on the dot. Aggressively priced it is clear NVidia are hoping the GTX275 steals some sales from ATI who up until recently have had much better results from the enthusiast market.
To summarise, the GTX275 is a fantastic card for the money. It's packaged very well, it certainly looks the business and can hold it's own against any card on the market. While I was slightly concerned by the poor temps our sample emmited, I do feel that this is a one off and despite this short coming, even if you do not intend to overclock the card, it's performanc is right up there with the best cards available and for a miserly £150, there is no better card on the market today at this price point.
The Good
- The price
- The packaging
- The performance
The Mediocre
- No game included
- Thermal Paste was dry
The Bad
- The temperature
Thanks to Asus for providing the ENGTX275 for todays review. Discuss in our forums.  
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Most Recent Comments

15-07-2009, 15:10:12

Funny what was said about the temps, but that was the first thing I thought about when I saw the pic.

Good review Webbo Quote

15-07-2009, 16:08:27

I never understand why ATI cards have reasonably varied thermal solutions, but NVIDIA suppliers stick stubbornly to the rather average stock one.

I'd be very interested to know if the twin-fan Gainward provides more usable temperatures.

I'd also love to see a SLI 275 report. Rumour has it that a good clocked 275 can equal a 285, so 285 SLI performance for £300 would be exemplary.

Great review as always W3bbo.Quote

15-07-2009, 16:21:08

Ducky Spud
Bought one of these about a week and half ago now and Im impressed with its performance. Mine runs pretty hot too (around mid 80's) which is limiting my overclocking but reassured as my limit is similar to what webbo was stuck at with it stock (i start getting artifacts when my cores at 690Mhz). Will try sticking some new thermal paste on there... will eventually be watercooling it tho Quote

15-07-2009, 18:29:51

Surely it's a sign of the times, where the cards heat sink is possibly designed with half an eye on limiting the overclocking potential of the card, thus swaying users to spend that little extra on the next model up for guaranteed clock speeds.

Either that or it is some very lazy work from both ATI and Nvidia to stick with fairly rubbish/loud stock heat sinks and even lazier work from their partners not to design and fit something better.

Very good review, and to be fair to Asus it's at exactly the right price point, dodgy cooler or not.Quote

15-07-2009, 22:41:46

Great review, good card, bad cooler for even the timid enthusiast.

nVidia would be well charged to put a fair bit of rnd into a better cooling solution when they release GT300.

Even since the 8800GT, the cards have been decent enough in their various guises, but very let down imo by the performance of the coolers. (even tho I personally like the look of them as a full-on black shroud) - and the sound levels are horrendous.

Another great write-up w3bbo.

I prefer these cards as a supposed mid-range+ purchase for people, throw in PhysX and Cuda.

I wonder if it's worth doing quality comparisons for cards these days as opposed to fps. Something along the lines of setting an fps level - if the card passes it it's 'passes', then add to that how many quality processing levels u can goto whilst still staying over an fps level. e.g. if ur card does 100+ fps in COD4, another card doing 110+ fps doesn't mean anything, but being able to stay there with 16aa++ (or whatever).

Wonder if the days of fps are coming to an end, unless Dx11's coding brings it back into the picture.

Quality over performance differences u'll never notice ?Quote

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