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XFX 285 GTX 1GB Review - NVIDIA GTX 285 1GB tested Print E-mail
Written by Dimitar Dinchev a.k.a. Veseliq   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
 

Recently NVIDIA released their new core named GT200 and the GeForce GTX 260 and GeFroce GTX 280 cards based on it. The core is manufactured by the 65nm process unlike AMD ones that are for quite a while now made by the 55nm process. Now NVIDIA released GT200b, or in other words the old GT200 core only with smaller size, that generates less heat, consuming less power and capable of higher frequencies. Withe it there are two cards available - GeForce GTX 295 1792MB and GeForce GTX 285 1024MB, and while the first one is more or less just two GTX 260 with slight upgrades on a single board in SLI mode, the second - GTX 285 is the improved variant of the former NVIDIA top model - GTX 280. And now we must find is the GTX 285 worth its price, by testing the XFX GTX 285 1024MB.


As we cleared it up in the MSI N295GTX - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB review, GT200b is nothing more than GT200 with smaller transistors. So this is where we say that in essentially GeForce GTX 285 is GeForce GTX 280 with roughly 10% frequency raise, altered PCB and and slightly altered cooler. That of course in no way prevents manufacturers from attempting to make you think you're buying the newest revolutionary PC gaming product, by using използвайки alluring boxes with appealing black and green colours as proof of this! Oh, wait... that's how XFX cards always look like. :)

Specifications if the last video card generation from AMD and NVIDIA
Model GeForce
9800 GT
Radeon
HD 4850
GeForce
9800 GTX
GeForce
8800 GTX
GeForce
GTX 260
Radeon
HD 4870
GeForce
GTX 280
Radeon
HD 4870 X2
GeForce
GTX 285
XFX
GTX 285
GeForce
GTX 295
Shaders 112 800 128 128 192 800 240 2x 800 240 240 2x 240
Rasterizing operators (ROPs) 16 16 16 24 28 16 32 2x 16 32 32 2x 28
Core model G92 RV770 G92 G80 GT200 RV770 GT200 2x RV770 GT200b GT200b 2x GT200b
Transistors in the core (millions) 754M 956M 754M 681M 1400M 956M 1400M 2x 956M 1400M 1400M 2x 1400M
Memory capacity 512 MB 512 MB 512 MB 768 MB 896 MB 512 MB 1024 MB 2x 1024 MB 1024 MB 1024 MB 2x 896 MB
Memory bus width 256 bit 256 bit 256 bit 384 bit 448 bit 256 bit 512 bit 2x 256 bit 512 bit 512 bit 2x 448 bit
Core frequency 600 MHz 625 MHz 675 MHz 575 MHz 576 MHz 750 MHz 602 MHz 750 MHz 648 MHz 648 MHz 576 MHz 576 MHz
Memory frequency 900 MHz 993 MHz 1100 MHz 900 MHz 999 MHz 900 MHz 1107 MHz 900 MHz 1242 MHz 1242 MHz 999 MHz
Price $120 $140 $160 $220 $240 $200 $330 $430 $400 $380 $500

As you can see from the table, XFX GTX 285 is identical to the referent NVIDIA model in each and every way. The price of the referent GTX 285 however is not one directly provided by NVIDIA, we were only able to find manufacturers that offer their cards at about it (485$). Most cards based on NVIDIA GeFroce GTX 285 1024MB though are sold for about 520$ especially the ones of well established brad names. And XFX usually tend to cost additional 5-10% more than rival products, so nothing unusual her. And now before we get to the more serious part of the review, the tests and results part that is, we'll get a quick look at the card and see whether it's fair for it to be so pricey.



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