updated 12:10 pm EST, Thu December 18, 2008
GeForce GTX 295 Specs Show
Full specifications for the leaked GeForce GTX 295 have surfaced today through an Internet-wide release of information greenlit by NVIDIA to Anandtech and similar sites. The dual chip card is now known to be slightly faster than two GTX 260s and shares the same 576MHz core and 1GHz memory clock speeds as a single chip, but gets a boost from the 216 effects cores of the original to 240. The combination of two chips boosts the total number of cores to 480 and gives the card nearly 1.8GB of memory.
The advancements in memory space and shaders should give the card a particular boost for games running at very high resolutions or with multiple visual effects active, such as antialiasing or anisotropic filtering. As hinted at in past leaks, the GTX 295 will support quad SLI by using two distinct cards; new is word that it will also have an HDMI port for direct use with HDTVs.
NVIDIA's move comes three weeks ahead of a largely expected ship date for the card of January 8th, the start of the CES expo in Las Vegas, and is believed to be both an attempt to undermine the relative success of AMD's ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 as well as an effort to keep buyers interested in NVIDIA hardware through the holidays. The cost of the card unknown and likely to remain changeable until launch.