Looks like Nvidia's upcoming GeForce GTX 275 is peeking out of its cage, gracing online retail shops... or at least, that was originally the case.
There's nothing like a good, healthy fight to drive business sales, especially when it involves Nvidia and Intel, and Nvidia and AMD. While the former aspect is more of a legal matter, Nvidia and AMD are looking to cash in on consumer desire by releasing two new cards next month: Nvidia's GeForce GTX 275 and ATI's Radeon HD 4890. Naturally, when a company does something to keep one step ahead, the competitor is certainly going to call them out and maybe even raise the ante. Now it looks as if Nvidia is doing just that by pushing up the GTX 275 street date.
According to Expreview, Nvidia will release the GeForce GTX 275 on April 2nd. Naturally, without some kind of source, such a date would be chalked up as simply rumor. However, that may not be the case, as DollarShops actually had the card listed for around $327 USD (€249) and promised to have the card in stock by April 4. Manufactured by Sparkle, the GeForce GTX 275 offers the 55nm GT200 GPU clocking in at 633 MHz and a 1164 MHz memory clock, 896 MB of DDR3 (448-bit), 240 stream processors, 2 DVI outputs and HDCP. However, now the card is gone, ripped from the online retail shop altogether.
To stay competitive however, it would make sense that Nvidia release the card this week. As reported a few weeks ago, the Radeon HD 4890 will give the GeForce GTX 275 a run for its money. With a core clock of 850 MHz and 1 GB of GDDR5 memory, the meatier AMD offering will more than likely be the dominant card if the price isn't set too high. Originally we said that the price would be $249 in the US, and €249 in Europe, however if the Euros-to-USD conversion is correct (1.00 Euro = 1.31 U.S. Dollars), the North American version should cost $327 instead.
Hopefully the GeForce GTX 275 will reappear online with a solid price tag and ship date within the next few days.