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Old 15-01-09, 02:48 PM
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OC3D Review: Asus EN GTX285 1GB Graphics Card

" After a long wait, the re-birth of the fastest single GPU based graphics card on the planet is here, the GTX285. Was it worth the wait? Find out in our latest review..." - by Webbo



Asus EN GTX285 1GB Graphics Card

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Old 15-01-09, 04:12 PM
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Hmm. Well that was disappointing. Considering the 280s recently had a much needed price cut in anticipation of this card I was hoping it would really blow my socks off. However my feet remain very much covered by the cotton, especially as the price is back to where it was.

I know that the Nvidia single-GPU solution is flipping amazing, but at these price-points it's hard not to appreciate ATIs take on the situation where Crossfire 4850s still rule, and are cheaper too.

Maybe Physx will eventually overtake Havok and so be useful in something other than synthetics, but it isn't looking likely.

Thanks for the review. Glad removing the cooler didn't cause you to sweat too much

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Old 15-01-09, 06:36 PM
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I feel the same as vonblade... I was hoping the card would run a lot cooler and be more reasonably priced..

I think the 295 reprarents far better value..

Nice review though!
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Old 15-01-09, 07:18 PM
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Great review as usual Rich. Looks a nice card, but why buy that when the 4870 X2 beats the hell outta it in most games and the 280 is good vfm
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Old 15-01-09, 07:22 PM
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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 ?
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Old 15-01-09, 10:47 PM
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nice review, i guess ati better start coming out with some new cards soon
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Old 20-01-09, 07:25 PM
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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 .
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Old 20-01-09, 09:01 PM
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I normally agree with ya Rich but there I don't.

On high end graphics card reviews when your testing the raw power these things have, efforts should be made to negate the possibility of getting results effected by CPU bottleneck. On this particular card it probably wouldn't matter so much but on the 4870X2 is mattered and from what I've read on the GTX 295, at stock CPU frequencies, it was getting quite a bit of bottleneck.

While I agree with the fact that the graphics card shouldn't be overclocked (unless its a factory overclocked card of course), having the CPU overclocked is something you should expect from readers seeing as this is an overclocking website and forum is it not?

Looking forward to the 260 review anyway will read later.

Any news on a 295 review?
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Old 20-01-09, 09:49 PM
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Was the 4870x2 done on an i7 rig tho? i7 offers much more more than a Q6600 at stock.

The thing is if folk read my reviews and hopefully make an informed decision upon them. Sure it would be nice to show the possibilities but where do you stop? I have a i7 965 on the way, have a WC setup this will hopefully run 4ghz 24/7 but this represents a miniscule section of the market when you consider alot of folk are still running P4's and AMD chips (no offence intended). I can fully appreciate what you're saying m8 and believe me it's frustrating as hell to run everything at stock with all this lush kit but you have to draw a line and stick to it.

Imo we have to represent the larger market while still using the most up to date kit. Bit of a contradiction there I know but as the saying goes; You can please all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot please all the people all the time.

I am open minded on this though and will bend to the greater majority - what do others think?
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Old 20-01-09, 10:06 PM
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I vote both. Do the benchmarks on both a stock and OC'd system. It may a serious amount of time to do everything twice but it does point at both audiences.
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