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GeForce GTX 295 Performance: Previewed

Benchmark Results: Crysis

Our software contribution to this preview is Crysis running at 64-bit—still one of the most demanding games on the market. In all but one case, the GTX 295 is able to edge out AMD’s Radeon HD 4870 X2. At 2560x1600 with antialiasing (AA) and anisotropic filtering (AF) enabled, Nvidia admits that its beta driver has a bug affecting performance.

Interestingly, the 512 MB Radeon HD 4870 has come a long way and is able to hang close to the GTX 280 without AA or AF turned on. Flip on the eye candy, though, and you see the card’s half-sized frame buffer hammer its performance.

  • titdoctor
    wait until ATI updates their drivers again. 4870x2 FTW
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  • Tindytim
    First!?
    Why do I get the feeling AMD is already working on something to bust Nvidia again?
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  • cangelini
    8.12 was definitely a nice update!
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  • NarwhaleAu
    Your conclusion was, at best, poor.

    Nvidia's "fastest single card" is two 280s on a single PCB, selling at the price point that ATI is selling their 4870x2 at right now?

    It is a lot cheaper to produce the 4870 GPU, so I am sure you will see ATI cut their price down by at least $50, and maybe $100. Nvidia will then have the same problem - a monolithic GPU that is expensive to produce and not really any faster than the 4870.
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  • xsane
    I totally agree with him on the Physx and CUDA comment. It would be really nice to have a game like Tiger Woods support Physx.

    I have 2 x 4850 in crossfire, it kicks ass.
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  • trainreks
    good to see that nvidia whipped back into submission. Their prices were ridiculous when they were on the top for a long time.
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  • malveaux
    NarwhaleAU:

    You clearly need to re-read this article.
    And cutting prices $50? $100? Yea, born yesterday? Not happening.

    @Article

    Thanks for the preview! I've been looking out for the GTX295 to surface. Two GTX260's should perform right on par with the thing, and I was wondering what the price would turn out to be. You can get GTX260's for $219 from the Egg right now (or $440 for two). If the GTX295 is only a single card at $499 (likely to be 20 less at the Egg), it's right on the same price area as buying two 260's separately. And in that situation, I'd rather have a single card with the same power. As would most folk I wager. So looks like the 295 is gonna be a real winner in the enthusiast market.

    Very best,
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  • JAYDEEJOHN
    Thanks for being open and honest, and mentioning nVidias mandate. It looks as expected, and is a shame we dont have a larger picture of full performance, since nVidia hamstringed you guys. Good to see some competition at the highend
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  • sparky2010
    The problem with ATI is that they release good products but give them incomplete/unoptimized drivers.. to see games where the difference between the 4870 and the X2 is almost nil, but the GTX 295 is doing well in it, well, that's no excuse for ATI.. it's too bad though.. i really hope they could just give us good drivers from the beginning, instead of giving us "performance upgrade packages"..

    I hope that their next driver will see more optimization, and then a showdown! CROSSFIRE X vs. QUAD SLI!!!! MUAHAHAHA!

    Bets down please?
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  • drysocks
    I'll be impressed if it costs less than the Radeon HD 4870 X2. ~470 atm
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