All the benchmarks were run with the same setup. The processor was overclocked to 4.05 GHz just to make sure that the CPU isn't the bottleneck on the benchmarks. One must remember that the results that we achieved cannot be directly compared to other systems and the achieved overclocks depend greatly on the card. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I'm still working on rerunning some of the benchmarks on the newer drivers, this card is going to be compared with results that were gotten with older drivers. Some of the results may be a little bit different with the newest drivers, but the differences aren't that drastic in most cases.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 E8500 (9 x 450 MHz)
- Motherboard: Foxconn Black Ops (Intel X48)
- Memory: Patriot 1800LLK (1800 MHz 7-7-7-20)
- Video: Being tested....
- Sound: Onboard Audio
- Storage: Western Digital 200 GB
- Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP-HC1201
- Chassis: Antec Skeleton (Modded)
- Cooling: Corsair Nautilus (Modded)
- Operating system: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
- Drivers: Catalyst 8.9, Catalyst 8.12, GeForce Release 178.4
I was actually surprised on how well the AMD competitors fared against the behemoth from Nvidia. At stock frequencies the 295GTX was beat by the HD4870 512MB Crossfire and it just barely beats the pair of HD4850s. After overclocking the card, the results improve only barely and then it beats the stock clocked competitors. At higher clocks the HD4870s would still beat the overclocked 295GTX.
3DMark Vantage 1.0.1
3DMark is a computer benchmark suite by Futuremark Corporation designed to determine the DirectX performance of graphics cards. The full range of 3DMark products ranges are 3DMark99, 3Dmark99 MAX, 3DMark2000, 3DMark2001, 3Dmark2001 SE, 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage. Every new edition of 3DMark uses the latest in 3D technology to deliver objective and forward-looking measurements for real world performance.
This time we have chosen to run both the performance- and extreme-settings with the cards, to find out how well the cards cope with higher resolutions and more demanding graphics.
After being given a run for its money, it was interesting to see how well the 295GTX would do in the newer DX10 based 3DMark Vantage. Here the card really starts showing its true power as it beats all other competitors clearly, and the results scale a lot better with higher frequencies than with the older 3DMark06 benchmark.
Moving onto the higher, extreme-setting in 3DMark Vantage, we can see the 295GTX beating all of the other cards in our database. Again the 295GTX scales a lot better in this benchmark with higher frequencies than what we saw in 3DMark06.
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