ONCE AGAIN the Chinese beat world+dog to the prize. The IT168.com site was showing off the benchmarks for the unreleased Geforce GTX 295 late last night, but the whole site has since collapsed under the weight of fanboi rush hour.
TechpowerUp managed to grab the pics before they went under.
A word to the wise, the benchmarks don't look like independent lab tests but rather the kind of marketing show that company's put on for partners and media, pre-launch. So we'd take these numbers with a huge grain of salt. There are PhysX (whaaa?), power consumption and those famous "Top 5" game tests from Nvidia's vault.
So what do the numbers show? The Geforce GTX 295 bloodying ATI's nose somewhat, delivering as far as 100 per cent more performance in Dead Space or as little as some 15 per cent in Far Cry 2. Of course there's little to no detail on configs and drivers. We'd also like to understand what kind of PhysX benchmarking went on here, as ATI officially doesn't do PhysX. In power terms, we somehow find it hard to believe a dual PCB configuration with two 1.4 billion-tranny GPUs on them will draw less power than an HD 4870 X2... but if it does. Wow.
In the end, will these numbers make enthusiasts refrain from blowing their Christmas wad until the card reaches the market?
Not likely. µ
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