So What's Different?
As well as using a converted GTX 285 PCB, Palit has also unified the components across the board to keep costs down. Using the same Sanyo capacitors throughout and switching from low profile chokes to standard height sealed chokes shouldn’t have any effect on power consumption however, and but only sometimes in the past with Palit cards, have we seen improved power efficiency.
While the power circuitry has been revised the GPU itself is still the same 240 shader GT200 core, based on TSMC’s latest 55nm manufacturing process - the same as any other GTX 275. The card's memory remains unchanged too, and is still spread across 14, 64MB Samsung memory modules.
The redesigned cooler is a variant of that used on the Revolution 700, with twin 80mm fans mounted onto a plastic shroud and blowing air directly onto the card’s custom triple heatpipe heatsink underneath. With the heatsink dedicated solely to cooling the GPU, Palit has used a low profile aluminium plate to afford cooling to the memory and a third separate black aluminium heatsink used to cool the MOSFETs at the back.
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While this design does improve airflow over the card by focussing it directly onto the heatsinks, and thus allowing for lower fan RPMs affording less noise. The hot air is then exhausted from all sides of the card not just out the rear as is the case like stock Nvidia models: this solution is therefore far from ideal if you’re using a smaller or low airflow case.
With both fans spinning at 1,200RPM regardless of temperature
though, there's no arguing that this card is extremely quiet under normal operation. This inevitably comes at a cost and Palit chooses to ship the GeForce GTX 275 without an overclock leaving it at stock clock speeds across the board, so despite the flashy appearance, don’t expect any extra performance out of the box.
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As far the Palit GeForce GTX 275’s bundle goes there’s a half decent selection of extras including a DVI to HMDI adapter, Composite and Component breakout cable and a dual Molex to 6-pin PCI-E adapter, as well as the mandatory driver disc (although we’d recommend grabbing the latest drivers from Nvidia directly). While it isn’t the most generous bundle ever it’s certainly more than you’d get with a white box OEM card, with the DVI to HDMI adapter of particular use.
Palit's GeForce GTX 275 comes complete with a two-year warranty that includes cover for parts and labour. The warranty is a fairly standard in just about every respect and it's the same regardless of where you are in the world. In the first year, you'll need to talk direct to the retailer if you're having problems and in the second year your direct point of contact will be Palit's own support team, but even then it’s a little stingy compared to the much longer warranties available elsewhere from Nvidia board partners – both EVGA and BFG offer up to 10 years Warranty in Europe and BFG offers a Lifetime warranty in the USA and Canada.