by Anton Shilov
06/17/2009 | 12:32 PM
Suppliers of graphics cards are rolling-out new Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards that are based on a single print-circuit board (PCB). The new design will allow graphics cards producers to make manufacturing more affordable and thus will improve their profit margins.
At present numerous such companies like BFG Technologies, EVGA Corp., Gainward, Innovision Multimedia and some others have already announced single-deck GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards and it is a matter of weeks before the rest partners of Nvidia Corp. start shipping newly-designed top-of-the-line graphics solutions.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 graphics card is powered by two code-named G200b chips each featuring 240 shader processors (SPs), 80 texture units (TUs), 30 render back ends (RBEs) and 448-bit memory interface. Nvidia recommends its partners to clock the GPU at 576MHz with stream processing operating at 1242MHz and also set the memory’s frequency to 1998MHz. The graphics cards are equipped with 1792MB of GDDR3 memory (896MB per GPU).
Previously Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 featured two PCBs, but in order to make the GeForce GTX 295 less expensive, Nvidia is has designed a new version of the product with two GPUs with 448-bit memory buses located on a single print circuit board. The new GeForce GTX 295 retains its clock-speeds, 6-pin + 8-pin power connectors, 266.7mm length and so on. Potentially, such graphics card should be cheaper to manufacture, but the complexity of a PCB with two 448-bit buses and complex power supply circuitry should be much higher than that of ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 graphics card that carries two chips with 256-bit memory buses.
At present Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 can be acquired for around $530 in the USA.