Single PCB Zotac Geforce GTX 295 pictured
Nvidia's Geforce GTX 295 Revision 2.0, aka the single PCB design, just arrived at the PC Games Hardware office in form of a Zotac graphics card.
Today PC Games Hardware received a sample of the Geforce GTX 295 Revision 2.0 from Zotac. At the moment we can only offer pictures of the graphics card, but we are already running benchmarks. The "new” GTX 295 which we tagged Revision 2.0 in order to prevent confusion, doesn't deliver many technical differences compared to the original version: The two GT200b GPUs are still running at 576 MHz and the Shader ALUs at 1,242 MHz. The memory frequency is increased by 9 MHz to 1,008 MHz. Amount of memory (896 MiByte) and the interface (448 Bit) don't change, too.
The biggest differences affect the board itself: Instead of two opposed PCBs, each carrying a GPU and the associated VRAM, the new GTX 295 has both chips and all the memory on one board. The heatsink is not a single block anymore but is separated into two parts which are cooled by an 80 millimeter fan in the middle of the card. In the review we are preparing we will test if this new cooling solution is more effective than the one used in the dual PCB GTX 295.
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