Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Video Card Review

Introduction

GeForce GTX 295 is based on two GPUs running at the same clock specs as GeForce GTX 260, but having more processing cores (240 against 216 or 192, depending on the version). Zotac’s model (ZT-295E3MA-FSP) runs with the default clocks set by NVIDIA. Let’s see what kind performance you can expect from this beast.

Before talking the technical details from GeForce GTX 295, let’s take a look at Zotac’s product. As you can see on Figures 1 and 2, it is based on NVIDIA’s reference design, which uses a black rubber cover. What is new on this design compared to the previous one used by GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 is the fan, which is now opened on both sides.

Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 1: Zotac GeForce GTX 295, front view.

Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 2: Zotac GeForce GTX 295, back view.

Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 3: Fan.

In Figure 4, you can see the top from the reviewed card. It requires two auxiliary power cables, one with a 6-pin connector and one with an 8-pin connector.

Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 4: Top view.

This video card comes with two DVI outputs and one HDMI output. You can have digital audio routed to this HDMI output if you connect the available SPDIF In connector to your motherboard SPDIF out connector, as described in our How to Use The SPDIF Connector Available on GeForce Video Cards tutorial.

 Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 5: Connectors.

The reviewed card from Zotac comes one HDMI cable, one power adapter to convert the 6-pin auxiliary power plug into two standard peripheral power plugs, one power adapter to convert the 8-pin auxiliary power plug into two standard peripheral power plugs, the SPDIF cable, two DVI-to-VGA adapters and three discs, one with drivers, one with 3DMark Vantage and one with the game Racedriver: Grid.

Zotac GeForce GTX 295 Figure 6: Accessories.

Now let’s discuss the technical details regarding Zotac GeForce GTX 295.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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