nVidia GeForce GTX 285 - Call Of Duty 4

By Edward Chester



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Call of Duty 4 has to be one of our favourite games of 2007. It brought the Call of Duty brand bang up to date and proved that first person shooters didn't need to have the best graphics, or the longest game time. It was just eight hours of pure adrenaline rush that constantly kept you on edge.

We test using the 32-bit version of the game patched to version 1.4. FRAPS is used to record frame rates while we manually walk through a short section of the second level of the game. We find a frame rate of 30fps is quite sufficient because, although the atmosphere is intense, the gameplay is less so - it doesn't hang on quick reactions and high-speed movement. All in-game settings are set to their maximum and we test with 0xAA and 4xAF.

All the cards on test today would make for a good option when playing this game but the GTX 285 again proves it's the fastest single-GPU card available. What is interesting, though, is how good the HD 4870 X2 is. It's only 35 per cent more expensive but is delivering a 60 per cent performance improvement over the GTX 285.


March 9, 2009, 9:45 pm

Thanks for the review. I'm thinking of changing my ancient old 7950GT. Do you have a baseline idle power consumption figure for your new system without the graphics card in it (ie using integrated graphics)? That would give us an idea how much power the card itself consumes on idle.

And for those of us that strive for a silent PC how quiet is quiet?

I'll happily pay more for something that doesn't guzzle power when I'm not playing a game and is very quiet (or preferably silent).

John 9

March 10, 2009, 12:48 pm

Can you tell me what psu is needed to use this gfx?


March 10, 2009, 1:05 pm

Well, you've got plenty of options. Anything rated at over about 500W should be fine. It'll need at least two six-pin PCI-Express connectors (most brands have them nowadays) but aside from that it just comes down to price and other features like modularity and flashing lights. OCZ, Enermax, FSP, Cooler Master, Thermaltake, Silver Power, Seasonic, etc. There's loads of good brands out there that will all do the business.

As it so happens, I'm doing a 500-700W power supply group test this week so keep an eye out for that in the next week or two if you want a definitive answer.


March 10, 2009, 6:21 pm


Unfortunately I don't have the card anymore so can't take it home and try it in a truly silent environment. It's certainly as quiet a fan cooler as I've heard when idling, though.

I'll pop a low power graphics card in our test bed later today and see what sort of figure I get. I'll then include that in future reviews.


July 29, 2009, 1:31 am

The price shown here is a bit high, i found it on overclockers for 230 Pounds, sorry to bother, i do know that this review was written on 9th March, but as i was searching for reviews about this graphics card, i could not go by, and let other people see the prices here which might cause them not to buy this link without further searching.

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