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EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:47 am

EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 combines the power of two GTX 200GPUs on a single graphics card. With a total of 480 processing cores and 1792 Mb of video memory, the GeForce GTX 295 might just be the fastest graphics card available on the market today. Read on as we compare the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 to the Radeon HD 4870 X2 in the latest and most popular game titles.

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"The EVGA GeForce GTX 295 graphics card has solid performance numbers and was hands down the faster card after the benchmark numbers were averaged out and the wins added up. If that wasn't enough the GeForce GTX 295 is also more energy efficient! Since the GeForce GTX 295 takes up the same number of slots, performs better and uses less power doing it there isn't really anything negative to say about the card. It comes into the market as the flagship card from NVIDIA and successfully took away the performance crown from ATI without a big fuss..."


Article Title: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby Gomeler » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:17 pm

Those 3DMark Vantage numbers are impressive. Would kill for a pair of them 8) Any chance you'll tear the cards apart? Really interested in the PCB design and the heatsink.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby skier » Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:21 pm

clearly ATI isn't out of the woods yet...
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby Gomeler » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:39 pm

We'll see if they'll enable SidePort on the HD4870X2 now. It's a link that has otherwise remained dormant. Don't know if it'll actually do anything though, guess we can only wait and see :)
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby InspectahACE » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:50 pm

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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby jnanster » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:40 pm

I didn't notice any measurement of how hot this card gets.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby turnsoutitwas » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:44 pm

Isn't this card almost vaporware?

I've read that there will be very limited supplies.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby aircommando13 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:14 pm

hdmi port? I though someone on these forums said it was going to be display port

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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:31 pm

Just to keep our community in the loop I got this card from EVGA on Saturday at 11am and the latest NVIDIA drivers on Friday night from their FTP. I woke up saturday and did this review from start to finish and it was posted on monday - http://legitreviews.com/article/862/1/

I then crashed at 12am and woke up and started benchmarking the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 and right when I got everything going smoothly the hard drive failed in the test system - about19310.html

This drive had 15 PC games on it that were all legit and registered online... Some of my copies were at their max for DRM and when I went to re-install everything and update it they wouldn't let me do it online. It took 7 hours to re-install the OS and games and I went to bed at 3am when that was setup again. I woke up Monday to finish the article and got stuck doing a marketing kit for CES (which is where I am at now) and to plan the over 45 meetings we have this week. That day I benchmarked the card till 2am and then left for a 7am flight that we missed due to ice: about19362.html

So, this review was completed in less than 24 hours time... My apologies that things like temperatures were not included, but I have all the GPU-Z screen shots and data at home. I'll post them up when I get back. For a review that was written while I was at CES in-between meetings I think this came out great, but everyone has my apologies as I don't think it is up to the level that I normally do.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby DaIceMan » Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:43 pm

Do Want!! If for nothing else, that matte black finish looks KILLER!
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby DX » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:12 am

I'm just glad you took the time to actually get it written. Most people would have said screw it and do when after CES.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby gwolfman » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:14 am

Thanks for the post! I'm surprised though that you didn't post GTX 280 #'s since this is essentially replacing it.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby vicaphit » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:19 pm

You work so hard for us, keep up the good work!... or else we will leave...

Sorry, that last part was only a partial truth...

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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby skier » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:21 pm

i would like to see performance numbers on this, dual GTX280's, a GTX280, dual GTX260's a GTX260, and a 9800GX2....
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby vicaphit » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:19 pm

I hadn't read the article before I posted, but now that I see the performance numbers, especially power consumption, it looks like nVidia has a killer here. Paying the extra premium for it hurts,though it isn't like what the 8800 ultra was when it came out.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby geokilla » Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:27 am

So...when are you gonna run folding? And why is the OP on January 8....o.O did I miss something?
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby gwolfman » Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:26 am

vicaphit wrote:I hadn't read the article before I posted, but now that I see the performance numbers, especially power consumption, it looks like nVidia has a killer here. Paying the extra premium for it hurts,though it isn't like what the 8800 ultra was when it came out.

good point
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:21 pm

jnanster wrote:I didn't notice any measurement of how hot this card gets.


Here are the CPU-Z slides that I left on my USB key at home when I was at CES:

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It shows the card to idle around 48C on one core and 41C on the other.
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Re: EVGA GeForce GTX 295 SLI Video Card Review

Postby InspectahACE » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:32 pm

temps are better than my 280 :)..not too bad considering what this beast holds
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