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Hurray!  My prize arrived via FedEx today.  It's a PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card, which costs about $225 retail, according to NewEgg. It's a shame that they have to define the prizes so early, because this was probably a stellar video card when they made the contest rules, but now it's a bit outdated since a new generation of cards is now coming out.  So this is only second tier now, but it's still a good card.

  • Brand: PNY
  • Model: VCGGTX275XPB
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 275
  • Stream Processors: 240 Processor Cores
  • Memory Size: 896MB
  • Memory Interface: 448-bit
  • Memory Type: DDR3
  • DirectX: DirectX 10
  • OpenGL: OpenGL 3.0
  • HDMI: 1 (via Adapter)
  • DVI: 2
  • Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
  • SLI Supported: Yes
  • Cooler: With Fan
  • Dual-Link DVI Supported: Yes
  • HDCP Ready: Yes

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The GeForce GTX 275 GPU with CUDA™ technology not only provides astonishing gaming performance, but it also delivers incredible GPU computing performance for everything from video transcoding to video and photo editing. Whether it’s transcoding (converting) HD videos in minutes to your portable video player using Badaboom, helping discover a cure for cancer via folding@home, or rapidly editing digital photos using Adobe CS4, the GeForce GTX 275 GPU does it all with outstanding performance.

Product Specifications

Core Clock: 633 MHz
Processor Cores: 240
Processor Clock: 1404 MHz
Texture Fill Rate: 50.64 Billion/sec.
On-board Frame Buffer: 896MB GDDR3
Memory Data Rate, effective: 2268 MHz
Memory Interface: 448-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 127 GB/sec.
On-board Outputs: DVI-I and DVI-I
Additional Outputs Supported: HDMI, VGA
Bus Type: PCI Express 2.0

Key Features
2nd Generation NVIDIA® Unified Architecture
Full Microsoft DirectX 10 support
NVIDIA CUDA™ technology support
NVIDIA PhysX™ technology support
NVIDIA 3-Way SLI® technology support
NVIDIA PureVideo® HD technology support
Dual-link HDCP Capable
OpenGL 3.0 support

Minimum System Requirements
PCI Express® or PCI Express 2.0-compliant motherboard with one dual-width x16 graphics slot
Two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors
A minimum 550W or greater system power supply (with a minimum 12V current rating of 40A)
Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP class processor or higher
100MB of available hard disk space
1GB system memory (2GB recommended)
Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows XP Operating System (32-bit or 64-bit)
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive for installation
DVI or VGA compatible

Included in the box
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card
Quick Installation Guide
Installation CD, which includes:
- Detailed installation guide
- Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
- NVIDIA Graphics Drivers
- PhysX System Software
DVI-to-HDMI adapter
HDMI audio cable
DVI-to-VGA adapter
6-pin PCIe to Molex® power adapter
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 275 GPUs Details
Whether it’s ripping through DirectX 10 games at blazing fast frame rates, experiencing a new world of realistic physical motion and massively destructible environments, transcoding HD videos to you portable video player, or helping discover a cure for cancer via Folding@home, you can put your PC to work for you with the power of the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 200 GPUs.

2ndGeneration NVIDIA® Unified Architecture
Second generation architecture delivers 50% more gaming performance over the first generation through enhanced processor cores that provide incredible shading horsepower.

3-way NVIDIA SLI® Technologyi
Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling y implementing 3-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world’s premier gaming solution under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.

Microsoft DirectX 10 Support
DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for today’s hottest games

NVIDIA CUDA™ Technologyii
CUDA Technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks – such as video converting – delivering up to 20x performance over traditional CPUs

NVIDIA SLI® Multi-Monitor support
Switch seamlessly between multi-display desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming with SLI. And enjoy full multi-GPU support for dual-display capable 3D games such as World in Conflict, Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, and Flight Simulator X.

GigaThread™ Technology
Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next-generation shader programs.

NVIDIA Lumenex™ Engine
DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for today’s hottest games

16x Anti-aliasing Technology
Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.

128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting
Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.

OpenGL 3.0 Optimization and Support
Provides top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.

Dual Dual-link DVI Support
Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)iii.

HDMI Outputiv

Support for HDMI output enables sending both high-definition video and audio signals to an HDTV via a single cable

NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technologyv
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.

Discrete, Programmable Video Processor
NVIDIA PureVideo is a secrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that provide superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with 100% offload of H.264 video decoding from the GPU and significantly reduced power consumption.

Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray movie experience

Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch
Dynamically provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies for spectacular picture clarity.

i NVIDIA SLI certified versions of GeForce PCI Express GPUs only. A GeForce GTX 275 GPU must be paired with another GeForce GTX 275 GPU (graphics card manufacturer can be different). SLI requires sufficient system cooling and a compatible power supply. Visit www.slizone.com for more information and a listing of SLI-Certified components.
ii Requires application support for CUDA technology.
iii Playback of HDCP protected content requires other HDCP-compatible components
iv Requires DVI-to-HDMI dongle and SPDIF audio cable from motherboard to graphics card
v Feature requires supported video software. Features may vary by product.