nVidia GeForce GTX 285 - Crysis

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

While it hasn't been a huge commercial success and its gameplay is far from revolutionary, the graphical fidelity of Crysis is still second to none and as such it's still the ultimate test for a graphics card. With masses of dynamic foliage, rolling mountain ranges, bright blue seas, and big explosions, this game has all the eye-candy you could wish for and then some.

We test using the 64-bit version of the game patched to version 1.1 and running in DirectX 10 mode. We use a custom timedemo that's taken from the first moments at the start of the game, wandering around the beach. Surprisingly, considering its claustrophobic setting and graphically rich environment, we find that any frame rate above 30fps is about sufficient to play this game. All in-game settings are set to high for our test runs and we test with both 0xAA and 4xAA.

Things are off to a good start here with the GTX 285 (and its overclocked Asus version) comfortably beating its predecessor and all other single-GPU cards. It's still a fair way off the pace of the dual-GPU cards but is impressive stuff nonetheless.

basicasic

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?

Ed

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.

Ed

March 10, 2009, 6:21 pm

@basicasic





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.

Gennady

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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