GeForce GTX 285 Graphics Card Round-up

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Test System and 3DMark Vantage Results

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core 2 Quad Powered


Hardware Used:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (3 GHz)

EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Digital PWM
(nForce 790i SLI chipset)

Intel DX38BT
(Intel X38 Express chipset)

ASUS ENGTX285 TOP
BFG GTX 285 OCX
Zotac GTX 285 AMP! Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2

Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-16000
(2 X 1GB)

Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Western Digital 74GB Raptor
(10,000RPM - SATA)


Relevant Software:

Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)

NVIDIA Forceware v182.06
ATI Catalyst v9.2

Benchmarks Used:
3DMark Vantage
Left 4 Dead
Far Cry 2 v1.02
Crysis v1.21
ET: Quake Wars v1.5
Unreal Tournament 3 v2.0



Let's start our round-up battle by examining the test results from Futuremark's latest 3D test suite, 3DMark Vantage. This benchmark does a good job of setting the tone of the relative performance of all the cards we are comparing in this article.


Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark Vantage
The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark Vantage, is specifically bound to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. 3DMark Vantage isn't simply a port of 3DMark06 to DirectX 10, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, in addition to support for the latest PC hardware. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark Vantage's "Extreme" preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1200.

Based on the clocks speeds of the three factory-overclocked GTX 285's, we expected the BFG GTX 285 OCX to perform the best amongst the bunch, followed closely by the Zotac GTX 285 AMP! and then the ASUS ENGTX285 TOP. That's exactly what our results show. All three of the cards offer a nice boost over the reference GTX 285.

Tags:  Asus, Zotac, BFG, GTX 285

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