Zotac Intros NVIDIA GTX 285 Infinity Edition

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News Posted: Thu, Feb 26 2009 11:20 AM
Well, well -- it sure looks as if those water-cooled GeForce rumors from late last month were spot-on. Just weeks ago, BFG called "first!" with its liquid-cooled NVIDIA GeForce 295 GTX, and now Zotac is stepping in to complete the puzzle with its watercooling-ready GTX 285.

The GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition pairs up NVIDIA's famed GPU with a high-performance water-block for higher than usual frame rates and lower than average temperatures. The unit is cooled by an all-copper water-block, which enables it to operate at higher clock frequencies while maintaining lower operating temperatures than the existing, non-watercooled version. Just so we're clear, Zotac ships the card with a water-block preinstalled with standard fittings that enable users to integrate it within existing or new water-cooling systems.


 

Carsten Berger, marketing director of Zotac International, stated the following about the outfit's newest product: "We saw that high-end enthusiasts were using water-cooling systems increase overclocking performance and lower operating temperatures. With our Zotac GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition, we’re able to offer a water-cooling ready high-performance graphics card that integrates well with existing water-cooling components at a relatively low cost."

Also of note, the actual GeForce GTX 285 graphics processor is a "slightly tweaked" iteration that features 240 overclocked stream processors and 1GB of GDDR3 video memory. There's also a 512-bit memory bus, support for NVIDIA CUDA, PhysX and SLI technologies, a 722MHz core clock, 2700MHz memory clock, 1584MHz shader clock and a wide array of inputs. No mention of pricing is made, but you can scroll down below for a complete look at the card's specifications.


 

General details
• New ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition
o GeForce GTX 285 graphics processor
o Custom water-block (3/8” fittings) (requires separate water cooling system)
o Core clock: 722 MHz
o 1GB of GDDR3 memory
o 512-bit memory bus
o Memory clock: 2700 MHz
o 240 stream processors
o Shader clock: 1584 MHz
• Dual-link DVI
• HDTV output
• S/PDIF audio input
• Bundled DVI-to-HDMI adapter & S/PDIF audio input cable
• PCI Express 2.0 interface (Compatible with 1.1)
• DirectX 10 with Shader Model 4.0 compatible
• OpenGL 2.1 compatible
• NVIDIA CUDA, PhysX, and PureVideo HD technology
• Race Driver GRID Game Bundle
• Extended Warranty (Please visit www.zotac.com for details)

Specifications:


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Product Name:

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition

GPU:

GeForce GTX 285

Core Clock speed:

722 MHz

Stream processors

240

Shader clock

1584 MHz

Memory Clock speed:

2700 MHz

Memory

1GB GDDR3

Memory interface:

512-bit

Display Outputs

Dual dual-link DVI, HDTV output

HDCP

Yes

Cooling:

Custom water-block (3/8” fittings) (no fan)

DirectX version

DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0

Other hardware features

NVIDIA Lumenex Engine, Quantum Effects Technology, 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture

Software Features:

nView Multi-Display, NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology, NVIDIA CUDA technology, NVIDIA PhysX technology

Windows Vista capability

Certified for Windows Vista with Aero user interface


 
 
 
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Jeremy replied on Thu, Feb 26 2009 12:30 PM

Zotac's really going to town with their factory overclocks. I think Zotac also has a GTX 260 (216) factory clocked at 702 core on air. Nice to see a company really using the capabilities of the silicon, the GT200 and GT200b seem to take well to higher clocks. My GTX 260 (192) hits 729 core on air without issue. That memory clock is really kinda crazy, I'd love to see some benches on how much that kind of memory bandwidth helps.

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