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GeForce GTX 275, Radeon HD 4890 Now Available

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It's April 2nd, and that means both ATI and Nvidia have released their highly-anticipated GPUs: the GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890!

This morning was a hot any heavy one, as both AMD and Nvidia announced that their highly anticipated GPUs are now officially on the market. Just to get those palms sweaty and the mouth watering, AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4890 (ATI RV790) packs a whopping 1.36 TeraFLOPS, GDDR5 memory using a 256-bit interface, 800 stream processors, and GPU clock speeds almost breaking the 1 GHz mark. Although AMD had gamers in mind when designing this new addition to the HD 4000 series, entertainment enthusiasts will enjoy equal performance via AMD's UVD 2.0 and HDMI support. The card even offers DVD upscaling and dynamic contrast.

“The ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card represents the AMD sweet spot strategy reloaded,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “With last year’s launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 products, we gave gamers great performance and an incredible value proposition. Today, we’re doing it again. ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics cards are incredible performers, priced to sell in all major markets worldwide.”

If Nvidia is the preferred flavor, the company released its new GeForce GTX 275 GPU. Based on the GT200 architecture, the GeForce GTX 275 features 240 processor cores operating at 1404 MHz, 80 texture processing units, a 448-bit memory interface, and an 896 MB framebuffer. Nvidia said that the new GPU is ready for Windows 7, and comes packed with the new GeForce Release 185 drivers. The launch also coincides with the availability of the new GeForce Power Pack #3, a package containing three new PhysX applications, and two new CUDA-accelerated applications. Unfortunately, the GeForce GTX 275 will not be available globally until April 14.

But within the last few days, three GeForce GTX 275 cards have surfaced. Palit claims to be the first in the market to ship the non-reference design GeForce GTX 275. "Palit GTX275 is already distributed to all local channels this week and gaming enthusiast are able to get their first GTX275 from Palit in the PC shops now," the company said. Palit's GTX 275 offering features 240 stream processors with a 633 MHz core clock, 1404 shader clock, and 896 MB of 448-bit, 2268 MHz GDDR3 memory. The card also features a cooling system utilizing two PWM fans and three heat-pipes.

InnoVISION also announced its GeForce GTX 275 card today, however it wasn't quite as bold as Palit. On the surface, the card basically offers the same hardware features: 633 MHz core frequency, a 448-bit memory bus, 240 stream processors and more. While the company provided a nice selection of closeup images--sporting the GPU and circuitry--the company offered no information in regards to cooling; the images display only one fan housed on the right end. What this card does offer in the cool-factor category is the blonde female warrior plastered on the left portion of the card. It's assumed that she has nothing to do with cooling.

Overseas, Twintech launched its plethora of GeForce GTX 275 cards, two of which feature 896 MB of memory and two that offer 1792 MB of memory. As usual, Twintech takes one from each, overclocks them with love (OC Editions), and throws in its AC Accelero XTREME 3 ultra-quiet 92mm PWM fan. These overclocked versions offer a core clock increased to 670 MHz and a memory clock increased to 2320 MHz. All four Twintech cards start with a pricetag of $329 USD. Unfortunately, cards don't look as impressive as what InnoVISION offers, with two green eyes staring back at consumers.

Of course, these Nvidia cards from Palit, InnoVISION and Twintech are merely samples of what's to come within the next few weeks. If Nvidia isn't the flavor of the month, then there are AMD vendors such as Club 3D, with its card offering a core clock speed of 850 MHz, a memory clock of 3900 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory using a 256-bit bandwidth. However, ASUS, GIGABYTE, XFX and others have already started appearing online. The ATI Radeon HD 4890 retails for $249 USD, and priced at select etailers as low as $229 after the mail-in rebate.

It will be exciting to see what other partners will offer within the next month. As it stands, both the GeForce GTX 275 and ATI Radeon HD 4890 look extremely tasty, and may be hard to choose between the two. While Newegg isn't currently listing GeForce GTX 275 cards, consumers can hit this link and pull up a great listing of ATI Radeon HD 4890 cards from vendors such as Diamond Multimedia, HIS, XFX, ASUS, Sapphire and more. Hopefully, the overall delay of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 275 won't hurt its competitive sales against AMD.

Happy shopping!

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    RiotSniperX , April 2, 2009 8:38 PM
    Nice, i saw benchmarks at pcgameshardware, and the 4890 beat the 275 in like every one i think, i WAS going to get a GTX 260, but ill probably get a 4890 then CF along the way.
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    crisisavatar , April 2, 2009 8:45 PM
    They aren't overpricing them on newegg, lets see how long that lasts.
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    crisisavatar , April 2, 2009 8:52 PM
    riot L2READ the gtx 275 pwned the 4890 while consuming less power if we go by Tom's benchmarks, I hope you are some sort of troll .......

    I want to wait a month or so to see how they do with new drivers, either way both cards are great.
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    eklipz330 , April 2, 2009 9:11 PM
    the gtx 275 was better than the 4890 in most tests, and even beat the gtx 280 in some tests under and incluiding 1920*1200
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    crisisavatar , April 2, 2009 9:22 PM
    eklipz actually I read other reviews on the cards and they gave the win to the 4890 and the person who wrote the articles for this site seems to be influenced by NVIDIA to say the least.

    I'll go with my wait and see approach but I have noticed that tomshardware does tend to make nvidia look better by reviewing a regular 4870 card for example and then reviewing an oc'd gtx 260. Maybe i am just tripping but ya there is the possibility, at least we get a part of the picture here.
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    RiotSniperX , April 2, 2009 9:24 PM
    crisisavatarriot L2READ the gtx 275 pwned the 4890 while consuming less power if we go by Tom's benchmarks, I hope you are some sort of troll .......I want to wait a month or so to see how they do with new drivers, either way both cards are great.


    No, i can read, im not a troll, i even said i was going to get a GTX 260, anyway the GTX 275 is going to cost more then the 4890 according to toms, maybe you can learn how not to be a jackass,

    http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,680543/Review-Ati-Radeon-HD-4890-versus-Nvidia-Geforce-GTX-275/Reviews/?page=9
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    ravenware , April 2, 2009 9:51 PM
    eklipz330the gtx 275 was better than the 4890 in most tests, and even beat the gtx 280 in some tests under and incluiding 1920*1200


    I am seeing varying reviews from multiple sites.
    The 4890 shows as slightly faster on some and the 275 shows as slightly faster on others.

    I would say their about even.
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    RiotSniperX , April 2, 2009 10:02 PM
    ravenwareI am seeing varying reviews from multiple sites.The 4890 shows as slightly faster on some and the 275 shows as slightly faster on others.I would say their about even.


    Defenitly, right now Newegg prices the GTX 275 at $260, While the 4890 is at $250 with an OC'd version at $265, +Rebate. Also, FAIL at HIS for pricing their OC'd 4890 at $300 while the XFX Xtreme is $265 and only 25mhz slower. This is gonna be pure Price/Performance, but im going to assume the 4890 can handle xAA and xAF a little LITTLE, bit better. (limit 99 per customer -.-)
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    lire210 , April 2, 2009 10:04 PM
    uh it's on sale the 275gtx cost more at most 40
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    vaskodogama , April 2, 2009 10:31 PM
    i would go with 4890, much cheaper and equal performance to gtx275
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    kyeana , April 2, 2009 10:42 PM
    Quote:
    The ATI Radeon HD 4890 retails for $249 USD, and priced at select etailers as low as $229 after the mail-in rebate.


    etailers eh?
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    Greatwalrus , April 2, 2009 11:09 PM
    kyeanaetailers eh?

    yeah? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-tailer
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    Anonymous , April 2, 2009 11:51 PM
    I trust guru3d for their reveiws and overall it looks like a tiny win for the 275GTX, both are very very good cards and neither will dissapoint you if you get one, but it looks like the 4890 will be the cheaper one here in the UK by at least $40 which puts it in the win for me :) 
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    NuclearShadow , April 3, 2009 1:24 AM
    I have to admit both cards are looking very tempting at this moment. If I end up buying one I might just have to flip a coin to choose.
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    cdmansk , April 3, 2009 10:01 AM
    Starting yesterday /thursday/ Nvidia GTX 275 is already available in Czech Republic, Europe, in large quantities in retail stores. Especialy Gainward 0292-Bliss GTX 275 896MB with price 246 EUR including VAT.