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Zotac GeForce GTX 295

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Zotac's GeForce GTX 295 comes with two NVIDIA GT200b GPUs sandwiched together in one graphics card. The card can successfully defeat ATI's HD 4870 X2 in our benchmarks and offers plenty of overclocking headroom beyond that. Thanks to the 55 nm GPU design and clever power saving methods the card even delivers in the performance per Watt segment.

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Woot Core i7 test-bed.
 

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Very nice. Overclocking potential is great considering it is a dual-GPU card. Price needs to come down a little though, I think $450 would be more enticing.
 
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Excellent review. Very thorough.

Looks like a 4830x2 or crossfire would hit a sweet-spot on all the charts. Hmm... interesting.
 

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I just noticed that on all the charts the GTX 285 is marked as having 768MB of RAM, shouldn't that be 1024?
 

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I just noticed that on all the charts the GTX 285 is marked as having 768MB of RAM, shouldn't that be 1024?
You're right...

You have a monitor that does 1900x1200 or better? No? Then you may be better off improving your display first. Also don't forget to pair this monster with a proper CPU. This is the first review that we did on our new Core i7 based VGA testing setup, the older E8400 was just too slow to let the GTX 295 show its full potential in many benchmarks.
That was just the 'icy-cold shower' I needed.
Thanks for knocking some sense into my mind!:laugh:
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Nice review! :toast:
 
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Nice review and thank you for adding STALKER Clear Sky to the benching list :respect:
 

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I just noticed that on all the charts the GTX 285 is marked as having 768MB of RAM, shouldn't that be 1024?
you are correct .. sorry .. i'll see if i can fix that
 

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No sorry needed, you're human, not a benchmarking machine. Mistakes make you human. The simply amazing quality of your reviews more than makes up for any minor mistake.
 

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excellent review as always Wiz, and good so see such fruitful gains from overclocking!

especially since with the new voltage tuner, over 700 core is pretty easy.
 
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Very nice review! Also thanks for adding clear sky.

Curious though, so clear sky tests were without AA and they were stressed that much? o_O
 
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Very nice review! Also thanks for adding clear sky.

Curious though, so clear sky tests were without AA and they were stressed that much? o_O
And did you use DX10.1 on the ATi cards? Because that will KILL anything lower than a 4870X2!
 

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1 FPS more then my card... :laugh:
 

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yeah, i didn't know stalker was more resource hog than vista
 
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Was the crysis test on high or very high?
 

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Might I make a suggestion for future reviews: Throw an 8800GTS 640 or 8800GTX in the benchmark mix.

I only say that because I know there are a lot of people still using this class of cards, and it would be nice to see where they stack up, and see how much of a benefit they stand by upgrading to one of the modern cards.

Just a suggestion, I know it is a lot of work to do these reviews, and this would just add more.
 

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i think the early adopters of the 8800 series are getting benefit now due to amt of ram the cards have. Ill admit its a nice card but it doesnt slaughter the competition like everyone said it would, I still say the 285,4870,260,4850 are better buys.
 
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No sorry needed, you're human, not a benchmarking machine. Mistakes make you human. The simply amazing quality of your reviews more than makes up for any minor mistake.
Originally Posted by newtekie1
"not a benchmarking machine."

i'm not ? :rockout:
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i think the early adopters of the 8800 series are getting benefit now due to amt of ram the cards have. Ill admit its a nice card but it doesnt slaughter the competition like everyone said it would, I still say the 285,4870,260,4850 are better buys.
Those cards are always better buys for 99% of the people, but the GTX295 is indeed much better than the X2, it's direct competition. It doesn't slaughter the X2 in this review's overall results, but if you look at individual benchmarks, you'll see a enormous difference in most modern engines. The only exception are Clear Sky and UT3, but on those, there's still an evident lack of driver support, just look at how the 295 is faster at one resolution, then slower in the next and then faster again in the next one. There's no coherence (but there is coherence in Nvidia's single GPUs) and doesn't picture the real power of the card. Also there are a lot of old engines there, that are bottlenecked, this works against all fastest cards, not only the 295, but it evens out the results, making faster cards be closer to the slower ones. What's worse, Enemy Territory is not using the second GPU.

All those factors make fastest cards look slower and specially the 295, because it's the fastest one.

Oh, and BTW, what's wrong with Crysis?? This is the first time I see the GTX260 behind the HD4870 (it's way behind here BTW). I've seen 100+ reviews using Crysis, with Core2 and i7, OCed and not, XP and Vista, High and Very high, AA and not, and a long list of variations, and this is the VERY FIRST time I see Nvidia's architecture behind. IMHO there's something wrong there. Dunno what, but something isn't working properly there...
 
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Gr8 review man...

I saw it on the front page and thought - WOW this thing is going to be some major beast. But reading thru the review finds it only about 2-3% faster than the 4870x2. I don't mind being an ATI fan myself but for some reason I was expecting a good 10% min over the x2.

Still a wickedly fast card!!!
 
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thorough review as always, w1zz
thanks

very enticing card here...