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GeForce GTX 295 Performance: Previewed
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Our system setup for this preview reflects what an enthusiast in the market for a $500 video card will likely run—either a full-blown i7 965-based system or an i7 920 overclocked to those levels. In either case, the platform does a good job letting all four of our tested graphics setups breathe in most situations. Naturally, if you sprang for four-way SLI (which the GTX 295 does support) or four-way CrossFireX, you’d need to worry more about processing horsepower.

But for now, we’re worrying about the fastest single card moving into 2009.

                                                     Hardware Configuration                                                    
Processor
Intel Core i7 965 Extreme (3.2 GHz)
Motherboard
Asus Rampage II Extreme
Memory
6 GB DDR3-1333 7-7-7 (triple-channel)
Storage
Seagate 250 GB Barracuda 7200.10 7200 RPM
Optical
Lite-On DH-4O1S BD-ROM
Power
Cooler Master UCP 1100 W
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 1.8 GB

Nvidia GeForce GTX 280 1 GB

AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 2 GB

AMD Radeon HD 4870 512 MB


We're again relying on the 64-bit version of Vista in this setup with 6 GB of system memory.

                                                     Software Configuration                                                    
Operating System
Windows Vista x64 w/ Service Pack 1
Graphics Drivers
AMD: Catalyst 8.12 / Nvidia: GeForce 180.87 Beta
Platform Drivers
Intel X58: 9.1.0.1007


Our benchmark suite for this one, as follows:

Benchmark Configuration
Crysis
Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1900x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool

Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1900x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Call of Duty: World at War
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.1, FRAPS/saved game

Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.1, FRAPS/saved game
Dead Space
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF forced in drivers, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, FRAPS/saved game

Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF forced in drivers, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, FRAPS/saved game
Fallout 3
Ultra Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.0.0.15, FRAPS/saved game

Ultra Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Patch 1.0.0.15, FRAPS/saved game
Far Cry 2
Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark

Very High Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark
Left 4 Dead
Highest Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, timedemo

Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 8x AF, vsync off, 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, timedemo
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