NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 Unleashed
Retail Cards From EVGA and ASUS
As we begun working on this article, some of NVIDIA's partners contacted us to let us know that they were ready with cards in full retail trim, just in time for today's hard launch.
The first card you see pictured here is EVGA's GeForce GTX 295+. As you probably suspect, the EVGA GeForce GTX 295 is a straight-up reference design, save for the custom decals affixed to the fan shroud. Included in the box, EVGA thrown is a pair of PCI Express power adapters (one 6-pin, one 8-pin), a DVI-to-VGA adapter, an S/PDIF digital audio pass-through cable to compliment the card's HDMI output, a driver CD, case badge, and a user's manual.
Unfortunately, due to time constraints leading up to CES, we weren't able to fully test EVGA's offering in time for this article. We will be following up with a full review and evaluation ASAP, however. So stay tuned.
We also received Asus' aptly named ENGTX295. Asus was able to get us their sample a few days earlier than EVGA, so we were able to put this card through a full round of testing. We have included the results alongside those of NVIDIA's reference card throughout the benchmarking segment.
Like EVGA, Asus didn't modify NVIDIA's reference design with their ENGTX295. The card is essentially identical to NVIDIA's reference design, but for the custom Asus decals installed on the fan shroud. Asus' ENGTX295 accessory bundle is similar to EVGA's as well. Included with the card we found a pair of PCI Express power adapters (one 6-pin, one 8-pin), a DVI-to-VGA adapter, an S/PDIF digital audio pass-through cable, a driver CD, and couple of user's manuals. But Asus also throws in a pleather CD wallet and a couple to receive a 10% discount on some games that are part of NVIDIA's "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" program.