nVidia GeForce GTX 285 - Test Setup

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The review sample we were provided with is made by Asus and is actually overclocked straight out of the box. This meant we had to use nVidia's overclocking tools to reduce the clock speeds to that of a normal card, as well as test it at the card's factory speeds. Aside from these overclocking changes, this Asus card is just like any other GTX 285 and can be considered a reference model.

In the box you get a rather crummy padded leather mousemat, dongles for DVI-to-HDMI and DVI-to-VGA, a component video adapter for the analogue video output, a two-Molex to six-pin PCI-Express power adapter, and a cable for the internal audio pass through.

As well as having to underclock this particular card we also had to contend with a brand new test bed for our graphics testing, which explains the reduced number of games tested. We've moved from an Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 based system to one that uses Intel's flagship Core i7 processor, the 965 Extreme Edition. We've also changed from 32-bit Windows Vista to 64-bit windows Vista, a move that was essential considering the size of modern games. Indeed, subjectively, this made a huge difference, as it greatly reduced the number of times a game would need to access the hard drive during testing and essentially eliminated the pauses this would cause.

Old Test System

* Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770

* Asus P5E3

* 2GB Corsair TWIN3X2048-1333C9 DDR3

* 150GB Western Digital Raptor

* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit

New Test System

* Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition

* Asus P6T motherboard

* 3 x 1GB Qimonda IMSH1GU03A1F1C-10F PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM

* 150GB Western Digital Raptor

* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Cards Tested

* Asus ENGTX285 Ultimate Edition

* nVidia GeForce GTX 285

* nVidia GeForce GTX 295

* nVidia GeForce GTX 280

* nVidia GeForce GTX 260

* ATI HD 4870 X2

* ATI HD 4870

Drivers

* nVidia cards - 182.08

* ATI cards - Catalyst 9.2

Games Tested

* Crysis

* Call of Duty 4

* Counter-Strike: Source

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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