Zotac GTX295 PCIe Graphics cardIntroduction
"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:
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.
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
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...