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EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Review - Page 1 of 9

INTRODUCTION

Having recently upgraded to the Intel X58 chipset and Windows Vista, I was especially looking forward to checking out EVGA's top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 295 graphics card.

The GeForce GTX 295 is NVIDIA's latest and most powerful Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), which is comprised of two GPUs in a single graphics card configuration. NVIDIA has plenty of experience with this type of product as the configuration was featured in their GeForce 9800 GX2 and GeForce 7950 GX2.

EVGA GeForce GTX 295
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The GeForce GTX 285 and GeForce GTX 295 are NVIDIA's first consumer-based GPUs manufactured at a 55nm fabrication process. This was likely a requirment for the GeForce GTX 295 as its specifications are derived from the 65nm fabricated GeForce GTX 280 and GeForce GTX 260.

GPUs manufactured at lower fabrication processes typically contain more transistors, have higher clock speeds, consume less energy and generate less heat.

SPECIFICATIONS

The GeForce GTX 295 looks to be a hybrid GPU designed to provide a balance between performance and power efficiency. Similar to the GeForce GTX 280 are the 480 (2x240) stream processors and 160 (2x80) texture filtering units while the 448-bit memory interface and 896MB of memory per GPU core are from the GeForce GTX 260.

Specifications Comparison

READINGS

The following information is provided by GPU-Z, which is a free utility from TechPowerUp that reports a GPUs characteristics.

GPU-Z Report

GPU-Z also reports on various sensor readings, which includes GPU and circuit board temperatures, fan speed and internal core voltage.

FEATURES

The GeForce GTX 200 Series features a number of architectural improvements over NVIDIA's previous generation of GPUs.

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


  • Quad SLI Technology: Industry leading Quad NVIDIA SLI technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing 4-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world’s premier gaming solution under Windows Vista with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.


  • DirectX 10 Support: Microsoft 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.


  • CUDA Technology: NVIDIA CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks - such as video transcoding - delivering up to 20x performance over traditional CPUs.


  • NVIDIA PhysX-Ready: GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA PhysX technology, enabling a totally new class of physical gaming interaction for a more dynamic and realistic experience with GeForce.


  • PCI Express 2.0 Support: Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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).


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


  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology: 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: PureVideo is a discrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that provides superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with 100% offload of H.264 video decoding from the CPU and significantly reduced power consumption.

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Last Updated on September 27, 2009


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