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Old 16th January 2009, 17:37   #1
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Icon17 Geforce GTX 295 and Geforce GTX 285 Reviews ~2nd Wave

The GeForce GTX 285 spent much of its time in our tests being hounded by less expensive multi-GPU solutions, including the GeForce 9800 GX2 and especially the Radeon HD 4850 X2, which has enough memory to really present a challenge. Still, the GTX 285 is the fastest single-GPU video card on the planet, and that counts for a fair bit. When multi-GPU solutions stumble, as they sometimes inescapably do, the GTX 285 should still perform as expected. Impressively, the GTX 285 has the lowest power draw at idle of any card in the field, and its acoustics and power consumption under load are both quite acceptable for this class of graphics card. The GTX 285's status as the fastest single GPU card makes it an ideal building block for a fast SLI setup, too—the dual GTX 285 config outstripped everything else we tested.
Speaking of performance crowns, if there's a dual-slot, dual-GPU, single-card performance crown, then the GeForce GTX 295 has snagged that one. The GTX 295 is an even more extreme solution than the 285, obviously, but it's the class of the exotics. You really shouldn't even consider buying one of these right now unless you plan on forking out for a 30" monitor, as well. But if you're going to go all out, the GTX 295 isn't a bad way to go. Its noise levels are a little high compared to that freakish triple-slot Palit 4870 X2, but no worse under load than a pair of GTX 285s.
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