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Asus GeForce ENGTX285 TOP review

By Julio Franco
Mar 31, 2009
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  1. Priced at around $350, the new GeForce GTX 285 is in a league of its own, meaning that ATI has no direct competitor for it. That doesn't guarantee a good value, so it will be interesting to see if the extra performance offered by the GTX 285 justifies the $150 premium you will have to pay over a GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4870, or perhaps if it's worth spending even more on a dual-GPU 4870 X2 or GTX 295 that sell for an additional $100 and $150, respectively.

    The particular Asus card that we are reviewing (referred to as ENGTX285 TOP by the manufacturer) should deliver a little more performance than your typical GeForce GTX 285 considering it's a factory overclocked model. This may also translate in a higher retail price, likely in the $400 ballpark.

    Our performance comparison will put this Asus GTX 285 graphics card against ATI's top offerings, the original GeForce GTX 280, the GTX 260 and the dual-GPU GTX 295.

    Read the full article at:
    http://www.techspot.com/review/153-asus-geforce-gtx285/

    Please leave your feedback here. Thanks!
     
  2. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 277

    Can you please tell me why you guys didn't OC this GPU?
    Also, is the that the old GTX260 in the tests or the new 55nm 216 SP variant?

    Other than that, the usual TechSpot high quality review. :)
     
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,373   +289

    Reading this review actually makes me want the 295 pretty badly. I may have to make some arrangements to upgrade my video ahead of my planned schedule.
     
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,463   +508 Staff Member

    From the conclusion... Asus has done a nice job with their factory overclocked GTX 285, even though it's basically an Nvidia reference card with a few tweaks and a new label. When we tried squeezing a few extra MHz out of this already overclocked card we saw a stop at 710/1600/2690MHz for maximum core, shader and memory frequencies. That is not a bad result given we were using the standard cooler, though actual performance increases out of it should be minimal.

    There is no point showing any overclocking data in graphs as it is very unexciting. The overclock saw just 2-3fps more performance.

    As for the GeForce GTX 260 it is the 216SP version, have not seen an old 192SP version in quite some time ;)

    Thanks for the feedback guys.
     
  5. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 277

    Really sorry about that, wasn't paying to much attention since this is the n-th GTX285 review I'm reading ;) and I wasn't asking for a comparison as that would have made little sense, just an OC... which I failed to see.

    @LNCPapa:
    Reading your current specs, I'd say you should wait for nVidia's 40nm refresh that is rumored to have some 320SP's or, even better, the new DX11 hardware that will arrive by December.

    IMHO, you already have a powerful GPU (9800GX2 ~ GTX285) that, I believe, runs all games at highest settings. Sure I don't know what res you're playing at, though I presume a 24"-26" @ 1920x1200.
     


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