EVGA Releases Single-PCB GTX 295 Videocard

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jcollins

Any info in re. power useage and performance yet in comparison to 2 PCB 295's?  I'd like to see if there's a difference in order to judge which card would be the better one to go for.  I'm assuming the performance/etc would be the same or better, but it's always good to verify the numbers.

At the least, I'm guessing the 1 PCB one would be better for overclocking since you'll be able to get the waterblock for better cooling.  My 9800GX2 is probably the hottest thing in my case now that I've got my Q6600 watercooled...

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alanmc76

 I don't usually pay too much attention to the high end cards, mainly because I can't afford them, but I've always wondered how much they wiegh.  That looks like an awful lot of copper to be hanging by one PCI-E slot.

So, has anyone had any problems with the mobo warping, or worse yet snapping a board or slot?  Just wondering.

 

-- "What am I, MacGyver? Fix it with what?"--

 

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jcollins

For comparison, I've got a 9800GX2. It's a big honking card, but I haven't had any problems with snapping slots/boards/etc.  I'm not carting this computer around or anything, but if I was, I'd make sure the case was motherboard side down in the car.  Driving around with the case standing up like normal is just begging for problems (I can see it breaking things with normal driving over bumps).

The biggest problem I've had is with the length of the card and routing misc cables around it in the case.  I imagine the 295 is similar.

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Dynotaku

Probably because I usually don't pay attention to the ultra high end stuff, but this article makes it sound like the card is an SLI on a card solution, but it's the same proce as all the other 295s. So are all 295's SLI on a card like how the 9800's were? And if so, what chip is actually on there? 2 285's or something?

And what does single PCB mean exactly? Both chips are on the same board, right? But they're all like that as far as I can tell. 

I guess I just need a good article breaking down the 295s to get me up to speed.

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Paul_Lilly

Nvidia's dual-GPU solutions -- including the GeForce GTX 295 -- consist of essentially sandwiching two videocards together into a single package. The new single-PCB version will put both GPUs on a single PCB, similar to what AMD has been doing with its ATI 4870 X2.

As for the GPUs on the GTX 295, they're basically the same as the semi-recently released GTX 275 (55nm, 240 stream processors).

-Paul Lilly

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myfarmertan

So will the computer see this as SLI or will it see it as a single very powerfull GPU?

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Paul_Lilly

It will act like a two-card setup allowing you to enable SLI, regardless of your motherboard's chipset.

-Paul Lilly

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jcollins

If it is working like the other 295's, it sees 2 cards in Windows, and you would choose whether or not you want it in SLI.

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