Zotac Intros NVIDIA GTX 285 Infinity Edition

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)


Product Name:

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 Infinity Edition


GeForce GTX 285

Core Clock speed:

722 MHz

Stream processors


Shader clock

1584 MHz

Memory Clock speed:

2700 MHz



Memory interface:


Display Outputs

Dual dual-link DVI, HDTV output




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