Zotac GTX295 PCIe Graphics card
It was both difficult and frustrating trying to present this review in a different light to the XFX GTX295 product we reviewed earlier as this card is, apart from the branding and package, exactly the same. Same results, speed, power consumption and temperature. Even the overclock, while being slightly less than the XFX was most likely down to the Core quality and nothing to do with the manufacturer.
So then why should you choose this product over any other? Price certainly doesn't factor into the equation as both the Zotac and XFX model cost exactly the same. I wouldn't use the overclocking results to distinguish one over another either as that side of things is pot luck whether you get a good core or bad core. In this case both cards overclocked well. So all there really is to choose between the two is the packaging.
The Zotac card was very well packaged and included every accessory you need to get you going, including both 6 and 8 pin adaptors should your PSU not carry those. The Zotac package also included an HDMI cable which seemed to be an oversight on the XFX version. Both cards give you a great game, Zotac - GRID and XFX - Far Cry 2, to help sway your decision and both cards include a copy of 3DMark Vantage.
While both cards approach packing the cards in different ways, both cards are very well packed. XFX however, still hold all the aces as there is much more protection surrounded the card than in the Zotac version. This isn't to say the Zotac's packaging is bad, it's just XFX go that 'extra mile' to ensure you not only receive the package in perfect condition but also feel like you have purchased a top end product. Finishing off the overall package, I should note that Zotac offer an extended warranty of up to 5 years (3 years over the standard warranty) should you register within 14 days of purchase which is an amazing deal and gives the end user piece of mind. XFX at present 'only' offer the standard 2 year warranty.
When all is said and done, these two cards are pretty much identical. Each has minor differences in the overall package but under the skin, both cards are exactly the same and which ever card you decide to pour your money into, I can assure that you will not be disappointed.
- Unrivalled Performance
- Great Packaging
- Fantastic looks
- Good overclocking
- HDMI Connector.
- Watercooling might be problematic
- Audible when idle
- Price could be cheaper
Thanks to Zotac for providing the GTX295 for todays review. Discuss in our forums.