Zotac GTX295 PCIe Graphics card

Introduction

Introduction

"It's time to play". So say Zotac. So say we all.

Well if the XFX card, bearing the same product title is anything to go by, it most certainly is time to play. Being from the same stable as the XFX card we reviewed recently, the Zotac GTX295 is the flagship model from the green team which has put paid to the ATI 4870x2 and reclaimed the performance crown. Zotac have put there own spin on the reference model with their latest release, unoriginally named Zotac GeForce GTX295.

With both the XFX and Zotac versions costing exactly the same at £419.98, it will be interesting to see what differences, if any, Zotac have in their presentation of the product as judging by the specification below there is no difference in any of the main numbers.

Here's what Zotac had to say about their product:

Experience jaw-dropping realism and unparallelled performance at extreme high-definition resolutions with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295 packs the raw power of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 graphics processors on a single card for unmatched 3D processing power.

Graphics Plus technology enhances your gaming experience with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295. NVIDIA PhysX technology enables realistic gaming effects in PhysX-enabled games while Stereoscopic 3D technology surrounds you with in-game objects and effects for an absolutely immersive gaming experience with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295.

Features:

CUDA

NVIDIA GeForce series graphics processors are the epitome of graphics performance, and deliver phenomenal frame rates with stunning visuals in the latest 3D games and applications.





NVIDIA SLI technology enables up to Two ZOTAC GeForce-series GTX295 graphics cards in one system for up to 280-percent performance gains.





NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology empowers ZOTAC GeForce-series graphics cards with HD playback capabilities for vivid visuals and hardware decoding of Blu-ray disk formats.




ZOTAC Firestorm allows users to fine tune their graphics card to extract maximum performance from ZOTAC GeForce 8, 9 and GTX series graphics cards by enabling users to overclock GPU engine, memory and shader clock speeds and GPU fan-speed.





NVIDIA® GeForce® GPUs with CUDA™ technology enable hyper-realistic GPU accelerated PhysX™ gaming effects such as explosions that cause dust and debris, amazing natural water and fluid effects, characters with life-like motion or cloth that drapes and tears naturally


Specification
Model: Model ZT-295E3MA-FSP
Interface: Interface PCI Express x16
Chipset: Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA®
GPU: GeForce® GTX 295
Core clock: 576MHz
Stream Processors: 480
Shader Clock: 1242 MHz
Memory Clock: 1998MHz
Memory Size: 1792MB
Memory Interface: 589-bit
Memory Type: GDDR3
3D API: DirectX DirectX 10, OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Ports: DVI 2, HDMI 1, TV-Out No, VGA No
RAMDAC: 400 MHz
Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600
RoHS Compliant: Yes
SLI Supported: Yes(2-way)
Dual-Link DVI: Supported Yes
Weight: 2.7 lbs - 1,2 kg
Dimensions 4.376“ X 10.5“, 111.15mm X 266.70mm
Package Contents: ZT-295E3MA-FSP, Driver Disk, User Manual, 2 x DVI-to-VGA Adapter, S/PDIF Audio cable, Grid .

As already stated, the difference between this card can the XFX version are pretty much non existent barring the extras each package provides. Going by the specification of the card itself then it appears that both cards are indeed identical. Let's move on to see how Zotac have approached the packaging of the GTX295...

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Most Recent Comments

23-02-2009, 11:21:40

w3bbo
Experience jaw-dropping realism and unparallelled performance at extreme high-definition resolutions with the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295. The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 295 packs the raw power of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 graphics processors on a single card for unmatched 3D processing power.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...125222849s.jpg

Read the full review HERE.

23-02-2009, 11:27:36

Rastalovich
Those 295 cards look pretty set to reference.

I'm kinda confused as to why/if the 4870x2 lacks at high resolutions or cos of the quality/AA settings ? Any1 know ?

I was lead to believe the 4870x2 was a champion at very high resolutions, so maybe it is the quality settings ?

420 is astonishing lol

23-02-2009, 12:24:45

w3bbo
The 4870x2 was the champ at high res + AA. Not anymore as it appears the 295 handles high res better.

23-02-2009, 12:53:26

Rastalovich
I'm with u now.

Gonna get much push on that 576mhz with same/different cooling ? 576 seems to me it'd hit 600 without squealing too much. Temps worry me tho. Although a very nice idle power.

Great stuff btw.

23-02-2009, 13:14:36

zak4994
The XFX model is 20 cheaper but features the same things.

Except for the game bundle which could easily make you sway towards either card.

Want GRID then go for Zotac. Want Far Cry 2 then go for XFX.

23-02-2009, 13:34:08

Rastalovich
Is it also a sign of the times that we don't hold too much difference between the cards from manufacturer to manufacturer.

I mean in the past I would personally have prompted for a Gigabyte silent card, then was quite taken by XFX and have bought them out of habit ever since.

But being honest, eVGA/Zotac/BFG/XFX/whatever, I wouldn't shun any of them - I know they'll all go for the same reference and same dodgy cooler. I can see it's a dodgy loud one just by looking at it. Different stickers perhaps.

As time goes by, different speeds appear on the shelf, but from what I've seen so far, they are the same cards and coolers, just factory clocked. Says to me what the basic one can achieve.

Be nice if one of them stepped out of the darkness with a really good cooler. Kinda like some of the ati variants u see.

Do-not like the nVidia 2 slot reference cooler one bit tbh.

Oh, yeah the bundles are the draw - bet ur arse XFX won't give u an 8pin cable

23-02-2009, 14:16:20

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
The XFX model is 20 cheaper but features the same things.

Except for the game bundle which could easily make you sway towards either card.

Want GRID then go for Zotac. Want Far Cry 2 then go for XFX.
At the time of writing both the Zotac and XFX were priced the same from 'reputable' e-tailors.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Is it also a sign of the times that we don't hold too much difference between the cards from manufacturer to manufacturer.

I mean in the past I would personally have prompted for a Gigabyte silent card, then was quite taken by XFX and have bought them out of habit ever since.

But being honest, eVGA/Zotac/BFG/XFX/whatever, I wouldn't shun any of them - I know they'll all go for the same reference and same dodgy cooler. I can see it's a dodgy loud one just by looking at it. Different stickers perhaps.

As time goes by, different speeds appear on the shelf, but from what I've seen so far, they are the same cards and coolers, just factory clocked. Says to me what the basic one can achieve.

Be nice if one of them stepped out of the darkness with a really good cooler. Kinda like some of the ati variants u see.

Do-not like the nVidia 2 slot reference cooler one bit tbh.

Oh, yeah the bundles are the draw - bet ur arse XFX won't give u an 8pin cable
True:

Package Contents: GX-295N-HHFF, DVI Adapter, S-Video Component Adapter, 6 Pin Y Power Cable, SPDIF Cable

Why they included an S-video cable is beyond me though considering there isn't an S-video port on GTX295

23-02-2009, 14:17:52

zak4994
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Why they included an S-video cable is beyond me though considering there isn't an S-video port on GTX295
They threw it in while thinking "meh. Might as well."

23-02-2009, 14:25:17

Rastalovich
Isn't it a DV-out, even tho u got an svhs cable ?

23-02-2009, 14:35:41

Bungral
Nice review Rich.

My 2nd 295 went back was tested and found faulty today. Going back to an X2 and saving 100. Can't be dealing with any more dodgy 295s. Was a very good overclocker too comparing it to others around.

23-02-2009, 14:54:24

w3bbo
Rasta: Nope it was a standard S-Video component cable. It's even listed as such on the XFX spec list. Seems to be an oversight on their part unless I'm missing something.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...202720829l.jpg

Bungral: What was wrong with it m8? Heard reports of a few going faulty.

23-02-2009, 16:37:13

Bungral
Same as the first one... giving me weird blue lines every so often across my desktop and artifacting hard in crysis. I tested beyond doubt in a million different ways in two pc's including fresh installs. Just couldn't believe two cards had exactly the same issue. That said.. When it came to RMAing the 2nd one, I noticed that it was exactly one digit less in the serial numbers on like a nine digit number. It was it's brother, so could have been dodgy batch.

23-02-2009, 16:46:33

w3bbo
Damn m8, sorry to here that.

24-02-2009, 08:06:20

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Rasta: Nope it was a standard S-Video component cable. It's even listed as such on the XFX spec list. Seems to be an oversight on their part unless I'm missing something.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...202720829l.jpg

Bungral: What was wrong with it m8? Heard reports of a few going faulty.
I see the connection u got there m8y.

I meant is the DV-out the connector on the actual card ? It's like 4 pins over 5 or summit, a 4 pin svhs cable will fit in it, but usually the remaining pins are for composit output for HD. They don't always supply u with that cable tho.

EDIT: Actually that XFX lead in the bundle looks like a HD component adapter - are the colors rgb ?
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