Trumping other NVIDIA partners on launch date, EVGA has announced its new single-PCBdual-GPU GTX 295 graphics cards.
The new NVIDIA card design joins both GPUs on the same PCB, saving some serious green on that almighty bill-of-materials. The redesigned dual-GPU card still packs the same punch in most aspects – it is still based on the GT200b chip but in this case EVGA opted not to go reference with the card cooling.
A quick reminder, the original GTX 295 came with 576MHz core clock, 1242MHz shader, 2000MHz memory and 2x896MB of GDDR3 (there is a difference between 2x896 and 1792, in case anyone is wondering). Now, the twist. EVGA’s single PCB colossus comes in two flavors, a standard air-cooled version and the “Hydro-Copper” edition, which adds – yes, you guessed it – liquid cooling.
The only downside to these cards right now is the asking price, a mere $519.99 for the standard air-cooled version and $699.99 for the Hydro-Copper (EVGA actually sells the waterblock separately for $159.99). No games are bundled with the card.
Expect other partners to make similar announcements in the forthcoming days.