Less than 24 hours ago, EVGA released its limited exclusive Geforce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition graphics card to the enthusiast public. Just as the company anticipates its first week sales, we are also interested in the success of the card due to its history-making GPU design.
As we mentioned two weeks ago, EVGA launched its exclusive card (012-P3-1178-AR) at the Nvidia Halloween Launch Party in Santa Clara, marking the first time in history that two distinct Nvidia GPUs have been implemented on a single-PCB design. The card effectively combines the power of an Nvidia 55nm GT200b for graphics rendering with the power of an Nvidia 55nm G92b for PhysX rendering, all enclosed within a single convenient model.
In terms of specifications, the 55nm GT200b graphics-rendering chip runs at a 633MHz core, 1296MHz shaders and 2268MHz with 896MB of GDDR3. In addition, the 55nm G92b PhysX-processing chip runs at a 738MHz core, 1836MHz shaders, and 2200MHz with 384MB of GDDR3. The total memory capacity of this card as described on the box comes out to be 1280MB. Our friend Jacob Freeman, Product Manager at EVGA explained to us during the Halloween launch party that the majority of Nvidia PhysX software developers and system hardware designers have decided that 384MB is plenty of memory for even the most demanding of today’s PhysX games.
Nvidia's answer may be sufficient for the common gamer, but there still exists a small number of enthusiasts, professionals and analysts who already understand this detail and seek to inquire about future hardware demands of Nvidia PhysX. While the degree of our answer is limited to external analysis of the question and brief discussions with Nvidia software developers, we are confident that 384MB of PhysX-dedicated memory will more than suffice for the next fourteen to sixteen months in the gaming world.
On another note, Jacob Freeman also explained that Nvidia limits the number of PhysX-rendering GPUs to just one, so any speculation regarding "PhysX-SLI modes" with two or three of these cards can be disregarded. However, the card is able to pair up with one or more standard Geforce GTX 275 cards in SLI mode, Tri-SLI mode and Quad-SLI mode with the additional benefit of discreet PhysX processing on the added G92b core of the first card.
The EVGA Geforce GTX 275 CO-OP Edition is now available exclusively at EVGA and priced at a moderate $349.99 for the upcoming holiday shopping season. It has been determined that it’s unique price point allows it to enter the market at $60 dollars less than a dual graphics-GPU + PhysX-GPU route with a discreet EVGA Geforce GTX 275 stock-clocked card (896-P3-1170-AR) and a discreet EVGA Geforce GTS 250 stock-clocked card (01G-P3-1158-TR).