Review of Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285Posted on April 2nd, 2009 No comments
Today I want to present you the Gigabyte’s graphic card, built on the newest nVidia 200-series processor designed on a completely new architecture of 55 nm technology. NVidia released GeForce GTX 285.
GeForce GTX 200 series GPU is a brand new chip made by nVidia. Inside the GTX 285 is all about breaking new graphics architecture. It was moved to the 55nm fabrication process - making that chip (GT200b) smaller, that requires less voltage, performs better and this card is more affordable. The GTX 285 offers excellent performance while not being so extremely expensive but just expensive. The graphic card I’ll review here comes from Gigabyte, a one of the most titled nVidia partners. From there I’ll test out the performance and you’ll see how it compares to the older cards like the GTX 280 and the Ati HD 4870 X2. So let’s have a quick look at the package before review of the card and its specifications. Inside the package, there isn’t a plenty of elements. Inside you can find the CD with the basic driver and some applications, standard GIGABYTE cable set which includes a TV-Out breakout box, single DVI to VGA, single DVI to HDMI and two dual molex to 6-Pin PCI-E connectors and connectors.
The Largest difference in GTX 285 to the previous models is the move to the 55nm fabrication on the GPU this move is the main reason for the loss of the 8-pin PCI E connector. The smaller size also brings with it lower power absorption and it emits much less heat. Because of that, this graphic card is able to be overclocked higher than the GTX 280. GTX 285 core runs at 648MHz, GTX 280 only 602MHz. The shader clock in 295 runs at 1476MHz, GTX 280 at 1296MHz and the 1GB of GDDR3 carrying a 2480MHz clock, the GTX 280 only 2212MHz. The NVIDIA goal was to gain an extra performance power out of the card.
3DMark Vantage is the PC gaming performance benchmark created by Futuremark. The latest version was designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. New benchmark tool provides four new tests for graphic and CPU and it supports the latest hardware. 3DMark Vantage is based on a new engine which supports DirectX10.
As you see on a graph there’s a nice performance bump comparing the GTX 285 to the GTX 280. It seems that the new GTX 285 have problems against only the the double 2x Radeon HD 4870. I think the GTX285 performacne are quite good inspite the price of double Radeon HD 4870.
The temperature is metered with TES 1326 Infrared Thermometer. It will give the true bare facts about temperatures at maximum clock speeds. There are two places to take the temperature value from - the back of the card directly behind the core and an exhaust point. The temperature looks higher when compared to the GTX 280, but readings on the 280 without a shroud are closer to the 70c mark. This test was made by tweaktown.com specialists.
There are other manufacturers of cards based on nVidia GTX 285 chip. Some of them do not feature overclocked editions, and whenever that happens, their graphic card wasn’t pre tested and certified for higher clock frequencies. They only offer a non-overclocked GTX 285 and when you purchase their GeForce GTX 285, so watch out buying a new card - you have to watch out for used technology and it should be 55nm. Looking closer at the GIGABYTE card, there isn’t much to say more about it, generally. The package is medium equipped, the cooler is standard which generates average noise of 67 dB during maximum performance. The prices are approximately from $340 to $410 - it depends of the manufacturing company, the Gigabyte version costs 399$. So if you are computer graphic enthusiast and you have enough cash to buy it, leave anything you do now and run to the nearest computer store or visit eBay and purchase it immediately. That’s all folks , see you next time