Firstly I think the card, esthetically, looks awful - and the MSI logo at the rear looks cheesey over classy.
It does appear to hovver over the ASUS 285, and I think here is the thing. Whenever manufacturers add inordinate amounts of memory to a card, it's a marketing gimmick. I feel it's for the non-enthusiast to see it in a shop list and think that 2G is going to be better than the cheaper 1G alts underneath it. Furthermore, I think for 2G to come into play, ur going to need gaming in excess of 2560 - how rare is that ? Some good timedemos like World in Conflict have a meter showing how much memory gets used, that'd be worth looking at.
Excellent move in changing the key descriptions on the graphs, always found it a pita to follow when it ran the other way.
I do feel that benchmarkers prior to 3dmark2006 have had their day. I'd even argue 06 has, but atleast it keeps a foothold in dx9, that unfortunately game devs also have.
I'd class this card alongside the 9400GT 1G releases, the figures are there to look nice in a sales ad.
Very disappointed that the card doesn't blow the ASUS version away with it's alt cooler.