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nVidia GeForce GTX 285 - Counter-Strike: Source

By Edward Chester



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What can we say about Counter-Strike: Source that hasn't already been said before? It is quite simply the benchmark for team-based online shooters and, five years after its release, it's still one of the most popular games in its genre. It focuses on small environments and incredibly intensive small-scale battles with one-shot kills the order of the day. If you want to test all elements of your first person shooter skills in one go, this is the game to do it.

We test using the 32-bit version of the game using a custom timedemo taken during a game against bots on the cs_militia map. This has a large amount of foliage and is generally one of the most graphically intensive maps available. We find a frame rate of at least 60fps is required for serious gaming as this game relies massively on quick, accurate reactions that simply can't be compromised by dropped frames. All in-game settings are set to their maximum and we test with 0xAA 0xAF, 2xAA 4xAF, and 4xAA 8xAA.

In truth, this game just isn't a challenge for cards of this calibre and there is simply nothing of note to be taken from these results. That said, it's interesting as a frame of reference to see how cards have improved over a longer period of time.


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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