Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Nice review. I'd expect a £40 massage within a number of weeks on the existing prices.
I'm not sure, thinking about it, that the 184.xx drivers will be "the ones" that excite this card and the 295, or the 194.xx release.
If the card comes with 18x.xx drivers, I'd think the former. It would be odd for them to be on the same level as the 280 tho. I kinda expected a 195.xx beta set to be on the cd/dvd tbh.
This is with the i7 at stock isn't it ?
I used the latest drivers available at the time from Nvidia as per the spec list. The only time I will use the ones on the CD is if the latest available drivers are not compatible (as in the 4850x2 review). As I'm sure most are aware, by the time the product hits the shelves the driver CD is already out of date.
Maybe later drivers will increase the slim gap but I doubt it as what effects the 285 will also effect the 280 being they are essentially the same card with different clockspeeds (and of course the die shrink).
All the GPU reviews I do now are done with the i7 at stock as imo this represents the greater market. I could do the reviews with the i7 overclocked but this won't be very helpful to those whose i7 won't overclock so far or indeed those who do not wish to overclock. Consideration also has to be given to those still on older technology. IF we overclock the CPU why stop there, we may aswell also overclock the GPU and run the benchies in a full overclocked state!
Infact while we are at it I may aswell ask Jim for a truck load of LN2 and a few custom pots....
See where I'm coming from?
Thx for the kind comments as always
*Edit* I'm almost done with my next review which may present an alternative