Alright guys, you're looking at a new one, the XFX GTX 285.
And there's been a lot of, you know, excitement over
the GTX 295, and everybody kinda forgot about the GTX 285,
they don't think it's much, but you know what? This thing is absolutely incredible.
One of the best things about it is that it is extremely overclocked.
Lots of head room for overclocking. The overclock I got on this card
I'm unsure if they sent me like some freak model that they had,
but it went so high. I mean, it overclocked so far.
So let's talk about the GTX 285, so basically what it is is the GTX 280,
they shrunk it down to 55 NM. So they made it smaller.
It was 576 mm squared before, now it's 470 squared mm.
So, it's much smaller, but everything else is the same.
So, they packed the same amount of transistors and dies
and all sorts of stuff into that architecture and just made it smaller.
That's going to make it more efficient, it's going to be able to overclock faster
and use less power. Now, speaking of power,
you will notice, right off the bat, one of the things you will notice,
right there, take a look at the power adaptors, see that?
A little something different there, huh?
Before it was 6 and 8, and that 8's kind of a pain sometimes.
Not everybody's got one. But this is six, two sixes.
And that's pretty good for one of their top line, top of the line cards.
Actually, this is their top of the line single GPU card, and it's only...
There's no 8 at all. There's no 8. That's great.
Really cool stuff, now, power according to FXS went from 236 to 183 watts,
which is a very increase in efficiency on a card like this.
Combined with the two power connectors, that's actually kind good.
It's green, and of course, it will overclock faster.
Now, this is the reference model, there's also the triple x
and a bunch of other overclocked versions of it.
But, dealing with factory frequencies, and compared to the GTX 280,
let's go over the specs. I'm gonna kinda tell you a little bit of both.
First of all, GPU core 602 on the 280,
this is 648, which is very, very nice increase. 50 hertz increase, very good.
Shaders went from 1296 to 1476, which again, is a good jump, okay?
It still has 1 GB of DDR3 memory,
GDDR3, if you wanna be very particular.
It was originally clocked at 1107 on the GTX 280, and now it's at 1242,
which is fantastic.
Also, 512 MB bus, 32 ROPS, everything else pretty much stayed the same.
Now, what you will notice is that this thing does overclock better.
I got the torque on this to over 775 MHz.
That's like 100, more than 100 hertz of overclock, which is ridiculous.
I got the shaders to 1680 and the memory to 1315, which is huge.
Now, a 10% increase of frequencies on the regular GTX 285 versus the 280
is gonna give you about 10% increase in performance,
usually in bench marks. But I saw something more
about 13 to 15% increase, and when you're overclocking another 10%
you're talking about almost a quarter more performance on a nasty
overclock GTX 85 versus a factory clocked GTX 280.
Alright, so let's take a look at some of these quick bench marks I've got.
Now, I did this against the GTX 280 because I wanted to know the difference
between the regular 280 and the 55 NM 285.
I wanted to see how overclocking affected it and I wanted to see, you know,
how the added frequency helped.
So, first game, it's called Quality 4 Maxed Out
1920 x 1200 highest settings you can possibly do.
The GTX 280 pulled 85 frames per second,
we saw a 16% increase on the GTX 285 to 99 frames per second.
So, 10% increase in frequencies, 16% gain in performance.
That's very impressive. The next game was Crisis.
Now, this is not Crisis War Head, it's the original Crisis.
Again, high settings, 19 by 1200, two times anti aliasing,
to times anthroscopic filtering. We saw 37 frames per second on the GTX 280
and we saw 41 on the 285, which is a 10% increase.
Again, that's about right, frequencies performance increase
is about right. Now, let's go to the next game,
those were things changed a little bit more.
This is incredible. Unreal Tournament 3, again, 19 by 12,
4XAA, 4XAF. 202 on the GTX 480, which is a very high number,
the game is not particularly taxing on your GPU,
but look at this ridiculous increase, 278 frames per second on the GTX 285.
That's an increase of 37%. And again, they didn't really change much.
They just increased those frequencies. So, very impressive bench marks.
So, the GTX 285 is definitely an awesome card. It's here to stay.
You saw over 7.6% of GPU frequency increase. 13.9 % shader increase,
and 12.2% memory increase, but you're seeing up to 20 and 25%
increases in performance for those slight increases in frequency.
Now also, the card runs cooler. It's still very, very quiet.
The solution on here for cooling is very similar to GTX280.
You will notice though, on the back panel, there is no back panel anymore,
how there used to be. There was that black plate that was here.
That's gone. Right there is where your core goes obviously, boom, right there.
And everything else is about the same. You will notice that it does have the 6 pins.
Again, right there. So, it's a little bit different to have 6 pins versus an 8 and a 6,
but that's actually a very welcome change, because it's going to make the board
a lot easier for a lot of people to use without having to get an adaptor,
which if you did need, you know, usually would come in the box
but it was still a pain. It made your case management look ugly.
And besides that, everything else is pretty much the same. You will notice, right over here,
you do have the same type of DVIs with the S-Video,
and you do get one of these little dongles to go with it.
A breakaway dongle, it goes from s-video to component,
so you can do 1081, you also get DVI to VGA,
for your 15 pin, in case you have an older monitor.
And, you get the 6 pin. The 2, 4 pin molex connectors
which are nice, too, in case you even don't have that second PCI Express 6 pin
you can get an extra one from here using your molexes.
So, excellent card. By far I will say that it's one of the best cards
I've ever overclocked. If you don't need to have the dual GPUs,
you don't want to go crazy, it's amazing. If you have a high res monitor,
this thing loves to be run at 1920 by 1200
and 2160 by 1600, it loves filters. All the margins of performance
of increases got just that much bigger. They opened the gap even further
when you turn on filters. So, it was really good.
And it overclocked like crazy, and the performance increases when you overclocked,
were again, even if it's 10% factory overclock versus a GTX 280,
it got even faster than that when you overclocked it past that.
So, it was really impressive to overclock, huge numbers on GPU core clock,
as well as the shader clock, you know, it was absolutely absurd.
So, if you want a single GPU card, this is awesome.
The GTX 285 from XFX, go get it.
For more information on the XFX GeForce GTX 285 Video Card,
type in P450-0285
into the search engine of any of these major retailers.
For Computer TV, I'm Albert.
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