EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Review :: Introduction

06-18-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

Video cards are constantly evolving with new chips released by both NVIDIA and ATI reaching different people with different price points and performance expectations. ATI has evolved their chips with the idea of mainstream pricing with high performance then combining two chips to offer the high-end performance that the high-end enthusiast wants in the form of the x2 series. NVIDIA on the other hand, has released larger chips with higher performance than the single ATI chips but generally at a higher price point.

A little over three years ago, NVIDIA released their first multiple-GPU card, the 7900GX2 which was based on the G70 chip. This solution featured two PCBs on a single board design. This card was soon overtaken by the release of the GeForce 8800GTX which offered DirectX 10.0 support, and generally outperformed the 7900GX2 in most situations. NVIDIA skipped releasing a dual-GPU 8 series card with the release of the 8800GTX but released the 9800GX2 which combined two of the 9800GTXs on one board in 2008. A year later and NVIDIA released the successor to the 9800GX2, the GeForce GTX 295 which combines two of the GeForce GTX 280 cores on one card. EVGA has released many cards based upon NVIDIA chips over the years including every card I've mentioned. Today's review is on the EVGA GeForce GTX295 which should provide the highest performance on a single video card on the market until the next generation arrives.