Asus Delivers GTX 275 / HD 4890-Based GPUs

With the introduction of NVIDIA's GTX 275 and ATI's Radeon HD 4890 yesterday, almost everyone in the graphics card business has pushed out a variant of their own. Asus, however, is making sure to make its versions a good bit different than the rest, and we'd argue these two are unique enough to possibly sway you from whatever card you were just about to buy.

Starting on the NVIDIA side, Asus has launched the ENGTX275 Series Graphics Cards, which features Fuse Protection Technology. More specifically, the ENGTX275/HTDI/896MD3 (boy, what a mouthful!) comes equipped with three sets of Fuse Protection devices to guarantee doubled defense against over-current for risk-free computing. Furthermore, there's the inclusion of the EMI Shield, covered chokes and solid capacitors. Oh, and you're into gaming and saving money, you'll be glad to know the card comes bundled with a coupon to obtain up to $25 or 10% off on a total of five games or CUDA applications at the NZONEwebpage. No word on pricing of availability, but the full specifications breakdown is below.

Model ENGTX275/HTDI/896MD3
Graphics Engine GeForce GTX275
Bus Standard PCI Express 2.0
Video Memory 896MB DDR3
Engine Clock 633MHz
Shader Clock 1404MHz
Memory Clock 2.322GHz (1.161GHz DDR3)
Memory Interface 448-bit
DVI Max. Resolution 2560 x 1600
D-Sub Output Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1 )
DVI Output Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDTV Output(YPbPr) Yes, via HDTV Out cable
HDCP compliant Yes
HDMI Output Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor
Adaptor/Cable Bundled 1 x DVI-to-D-Sub adapter
1 x HDTV-out cable
1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
1 x Power Cable
Software Bundled ASUS utilities and drivers
Note The card size is 4.376 inches x 10.5 inches

Now, onto the AMD/ATI side, which is where it really gets interesting. The EAH4890 Series -- obviously based on the HD 4890 -- is described as the world's first GPU to utilize Voltage Tweak technology. What's that, you ask? It's a feature that adds up to 15% in performance via tweaks and overclocking, mostly from raising the GPU voltage from 1.312V to 1.4V, allowing GPU and memory clock performances to be boosted from 850MHz to 950MHz and 3900MHz to 4600MHz, respectively. Also of note, the new EAH4890 TOP can exhibit up to an 8% performance boost.

Model EAH4890 TOP/HTDI/1GD5 EAH4890/HTDI/1GD5
Graphics Engine ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics ATI Radeon™ HD 4890 graphics
Video Memory 1GB GDDR5 1GB GDDR5
Engine Clock 900MHz 850MHz
Memory Clock 4000MHz (1000MHz GDDR5) 3900MHz (975MHz GDDR5)
Memory Interface 256 bit 256 bit
DVI Max. Resolution 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Bus Standard PCI Express® 2.0 PCI Express® 2.0
DVI Output DVI-I (Dual Link) X2 DVI-I (Dual Link) X2
HDCP compliant YES YES
HDMI Output YES (via adapter) YES (via adapter)
D-Sub Output YES (via adapter) YES (via adapter)
Software Bundled ASUS utilities and drivers ASUS utilities and drivers