YABMC - Yet Another Big Memory Card. And certainly an abbreviation to take heed of provided that you are in the mood for purchasing one or more video cards for all your game-craving needs.
Regardless, Zotac International Ltd. today joined the crowd - including players such as Galaxy, Sparkle, Gainward, and EVGA - through its launch of the GeForce GTX 275 armed with a massive 1,792 MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory under the hood. We cannot but feel that Zotac is little late to the party, with companies under the Palit brand [Gainward, Galaxy, Palit] launching the 1.7GB card months ago.
Zotac is trying to compensate for being late by offering a more affordable price and the overclocked version of the card, belonging to the venerable AMP! series. In terms of sheer performance, such video cards with overly amounts of graphics memory aren’t always worth their weight in gold to put it bluntly. Can a card that already smacks nearly a gigabyte of graphics memory on the table really benefit from an additional 896 MB?
Essentially, differences are likely to become apparent if excessive resolutions such as 2560x1600 or higher are effectuated, and if history has taught us anything it’s that future games will benefit from a larger frame buffer. But who would purchase a (possibly!) expensive and overly memory-equipped GTX 275 in order to stick with it through the next 1-2 years - with DirectX 11, the next upgrade to Microsoft’s graphics API, becoming more real for end users by the day? We’ll leave the question unanswered and quietly suggest at least considering the purchase of a GTX 275 with higher-than-normal clock frequencies since these are expected to have a greater impact on performance.
It all comes down to pricing, really, and at the time of writing we are seeing street prices in the vicinity of $330. Comparatively, Zotac AMP! costs approximately $307 and the standard-flavored 275 can be purchased for as little as about $283 [prices obtained through geizhals.at, Europe's largest price comparison engine]. Considering the gigantic frame buffer, Zotac might just have made the price appealing enough to ensure its attractiveness for higher-res gamers.
The Zotac GeForce GTX 275 1792 MB offers a 633 MHz core clock, 240 cores clocked of 1404 MHz, and a 2268 MHz memory clock working on a 448-bit memory interface. Retail bundles include the highly acclaimed Race Driver: GRID and 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition.