NVIDIA GeForce GTX295 Review - Conclusions

Submitted by skipclarke on 21 January, 2009 - 23:51

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Quick conclusion - the GTX 295 does wonders for a number of titles, as well it should. The 9800GX2 (or most any GTX 200 series) should be good enough to play whatever you want in TripleHead and Wide TripleHead. I'd like to get a pair of GTX 285s to test, before I make a final recommendation. But you don't need to mortgage the farm to game at 5040x1050. You just may not be able to do it at max settings.

Honestly, I don't get the need to run Crysis at high settings. I guess it's bragging rights. I certainly don't understand the need to drop hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on GFX cards (and probably a new power supply) when Medium with 4x/16x looks and plays great.

  • HL2: Lost Coast is averaging 200fps across the board, even pulling 180+ at 5040x1050. Time to retire this one.
  • World in Conflict now hits the 50s (and the magical 60 at all but 5040x01050). The GTX 295 didn't do much for anything under 1920x1200.
  • LOTRO: In looking at my settings, I'm not sure I ran the i7-9800GX2 benchmarks with 4xAA, so take that line with a grain of salt. But, the GTX 295 benchmark line is solid. Bottom line is that you don't need a top-end system to play this gorgeous game - even at 5.3MP.
  • Overlord does not like the GTX 295. Not sure why, but scores fell.
  • Crysis Warhead is unplayable on High with a 9800GX2. I couldn't get the game to load the test level on the 9800GX2 with any AA, so I left it turned off for consistency. It does hit 30fps on Medium with 4xAA/16xAF - and still looks damn good. The GTX 295 brings the High scores up to 30fps at full Wide Surround. Medium is 60fps or greater at all but 5040x1050 (where it is still almost 50fps).
  • Far Cry 2: The "Optimal" settings that the game chose under the 9800GX2 were right between "Very High" and "Ultra." Funny that when I made the same selection under the GTX, it put everything as low. I guess it doesn't recognize the GTX 295. The game runs fine at these settings under both the 9800 GX2 and the GTX 295. Drop it down to "Very High" and the game screams. If Far Cry 2 is your game, you can play it at 5040x1050 without breaking the bank.

What's Next?

Forum members interested in TH and WTH are always asking what hardware they need to game effectively. Hopefully this will start to answer that question. I would like to get a pair of GTX 285s to try them solo an SLI. You might get damn good results for $100 less than the GTX, and the extra memory and bandwidth will certainly help at the top resolutions. I will now be writing up my full review of the new Widemodes on the TripleHead2Go, and capturing comparison videos from the benchmarking.

I'd still like to find a good racing or flight sim game as well. So, if anyone has any suggestions let me know. Finally, I'd like to run new games through this round of testing when they launch.

Racer_S has gotten Mirror's Edge to run in TH and WTH. I'll be picking that up to see how it runs, and how it handles the GTX 295 with and without PhysX.