It looks like theres a new speed king in town, with the launch of a new flagship desktop graphics card from Nvidia, the GeForce GTX 295. This is the successor to the 9800 GX2 in the dual GPU video card segment and aims to deliver a crushing performance blow to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 with a pair of 55nm GT200B GPUs in a single-card, dual-slot configuration.
The GTX 295 features 480 stream processors and 1792MB of GDDR3 memory in total, with core and memory clocks of 576MHz and 1998MHz, respectively, and a 448-bit memory bus. Essentially, the GeForce GTX 295 looks like a pair of GeForce GTX 280s on a single card but using the GTX 260 core clock and memory speeds, as well as the GTX 260s narrower memory interface. The new card is already available through multiple third-party board makers and should retail for an estimated retail price of $499. Check out some reviews over at HotHardware, PC Perspective and Legit Reviews expect our own take in the coming days.
In related news, Nvidia also announced that the GTX 285 should arrive later this month for $399 to compete with the Radeon HD 4870 X2 (?), along with a pair of mobile chipsets in the GeForce 100M series for both mid-range and budget notebooks.