Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Summarizing the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Plus' performance couldn't be any easier--it was the fastest, single graphics card we have ever tested. It outpaced the reference GeForce GTX 295 across the board and edged the Radeon HD 4870 X2 in almost every test, occasionally by a significant margin.
When we first took a look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 last month, we declared it the "fastest graphics card on the planet" in our conclusion. That still remains true today for the GeForce GTX 295 in general. More specifically though, that title belongs to the EVGA GeForce GTX 295, which is currently the highest clocked GTX 295 on the market. We shoud note that some other companies have announced GeForce GTX 295 products with higher memory clocks, but we have yet to see them for sale. Regardless, EVGA's offering is currently the cream of the crop.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Plus' status also means the card commands a hefty price premium and availability is limited. According to our price search engine, the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 can be had for about $529 - $539, a full $30 to $40 more expensive than reference GeForce GTX 295 cards. And it was only being offered by two retailers. If you don't plan to overclock on your own, the extra investment will yield some guaranteed increases in performance, and we can't forget EVGA's excellent lifetime warranty. However, for a card that's already pricey, an extra 40 bucks can be a tough pill to swallow.
Ultimately though, the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Plus offers killer performance and stands out in a sea of stock reference cards. If you've got the funds and are looking for a graphics card in its class, do yourself a favor and check out the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Plus.