AMD, Nvidia launch new mid-range GPUs priced at $250

By on April 2, 2009, 12:31 PM
Nvidia and AMD have both taken the wraps off their latest GPUs this morning. With a price tag of around $250, the GeForce GTX 275 and Radeon HD 4890 are aimed squarely at one another offering similar performance and filling the gap between the $150 and $300 price points covered a while back.

The first is basically a cut-down version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285, with slightly lower clocks and less memory bandwidth, while AMD’s Radeon HD 4890 sports a few simple changes designed mostly to juice-up clock speeds. Both feature a two-slot PCI Express design and support their respective multi-GPU technology – Crossfire for AMD and SLI for Nvidia. We’ve already covered some of the specifics for each card before, but their simultaneous launch sure makes it easier for users to compare and plan out their next mid-range GPU purchase. You can find some benchmarks over at AnandTech, PC Perspective and Legit Reviews – expect ours soon.

All in all, both cards appear to perform very similarly, perhaps with a slight lead to Nvidia’s card in a few games. We should note however that AMD parts can be bought starting today, while Nvidia is only promising limited availability for now, with the GeForce GTX 275 expected to become widely available on April 14.

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captain828 said:
[quote]The first is basically a clocked down version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 [...][/quote]I don't know where you got that info from, but it's slightly misleading: The GTX 285 has the same 240SP's as the 275, but has a 512-bit bus, whereas the 275 has a 448-bit bus and slightly lower clocks (633/1404/1134 vs. 648/1476/1242 - Core/SP/Mem).The GTX 275 is essentially half a GTX 295, since it has two such 448-bit GPU's. In contrast to the GTX 275, the GTX 260 has only 216SP's (the old one had 192) and the same 448-bit bus.Also, it's ATI not AMD, since AMD kept their name after purcahse. You could use DAAMIT (a coined Inquirer term for their merger) instead ;) .
JosVilches said:
I see your point. I didn't want to go into specifics comparing the two cards since I was already linking to a previous story that says: "the [GTX 275] is going to have the same amount of stream processors as the GTX 280 and GTX 285 (240) but it will have 896MB GDDR3 on a 448-bit memory interface."However, using the term "cut-down" or something similar instead of "clocked-down" would be more accurate to reference changes not only in clock speeds but also in the amount of memory and bus width as well. So I'll change that, thanks for the input.
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