Zotac GeForce GTX295

By on April 29, 2009
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Card Layout The bottom of the card, besides being fairly good looking, is fairly functional. The PCB is encased in a mesh-style shield, allowing for ample airflow, and has a texture similar to that of soft rubber. A Zotac sticker covers up a good portion of the mesh. It looks rather out of place and [...]

Card Layout

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The bottom of the card, besides being fairly good looking, is fairly functional. The PCB is encased in a mesh-style shield, allowing for ample airflow, and has a texture similar to that of soft rubber. A Zotac sticker covers up a good portion of the mesh. It looks rather out of place and lazily applied, and we suspect that the card could benefit from a little more airflow if it were not present or at least perforated.

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The top of the card is exposed, and interestingly, there’s a gap in the PCB which exposes a good fraction of the cooling fan. It’s a rather interesting design and we wonder how well it’ll keep this beast cooled.

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Along the PCI bracket, we can find two DVI ports and an HDMI port next to the exhaust vent. Notice that the side of the card exposes the heatsink, which should allow it to exhaust its’ heat further. An SLI connector is also present, allowing for a Quad SLI setup with another GTX295.

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As you would expect from such a monster of a card, the GTX295 requires a single 6-pin PCI-E power cable and a single 8-pin power cable to bring it to life.

Under the Hood

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We had to go through 36 screws, just so we could see what the card truly looks like. What we ended up with were two boards and one aluminum heatsink sandwiched between them.

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The GPU looks massive on the PCB. We can see “G200-400-B3” imprinted onto it, which means it is the same GPU used in the GTX260 cards clocking out at 576MHz. This core, however, is from the new 55nm fabrication process.

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Around each GPU, sixteen Hynix H5RS5223CFR RAM modules (GDDR3) are located on each board and they are clocked at 1998MHz with a total memory of 1792MB.

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Shader processor is clocked at 1242MHz.

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