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EVGA releases GeForce GTX 285 For The Win

by Tarinder Sandhu on 29 January 2009, 09:15

Tags: EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Superclocked Edition, EVGA

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HEXUS covered NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 285 since it was launched two weeks ago. Following on from that, we took a look at an overclocked card from Inno3D, but surmised that GeForce GTX 285 pricing, currently between £310 and £375, was too close to the range-topping dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 for it to be a real contender in the high-end space.

Still, that hasn't stopped NVIDIA's partners engaging in case of one-upmanship, with EVGA now releasing the GeForce GTX 285 FTW (For The Win), clocked in at 722MHz core, 1,670MHz shader, and a blistering 2,772MHz memory, made possible by the use of some tasty 0.8ns RAM. It compares favourably with the stock frequencies of 648/1,476/2,484MHz, but the obvious thorn in the side will be price, which'll be around £380, including VAT, going on current EVGA pricing of GTX 285s.

Now, it doesn't need a rocket scientist to tell you that it won't beat out the twin-GPU monster in benchmarks, and then we wonder what the real point is when this end of the market is all about performance. US customers get a slightly easier financial ride, with the card available for around $449, or $50 less than the GTX 295.

Exacerbating the problem is that pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 280s, ostensibly the same GPU underneath, but not quite as fast, can be purchased for around £260, and Sapphire's ever-recommended Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB is also a good bet at £250.

Still, if you're adamant that a high-end GeForce GTX 285 is exactly the card you want, EVGA's is the fastest air-cooled one we've come across.


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with EVGA now releasing the GeForce GTX 285 FTW (For The Win)

that's awful
Ā£380?! :surprised:. You would be insane to buy that.
Dude . . that thing costs way too much. If I was going up that far price wise, I'd put that little bit extra in and get the 295. Even thats overpriced.
In a way, it's difficult to blame EVGA or any other partner. NVIDIA, apparently, is charging too much for the basic design, and hasn't left enough of a gap between the cheapest GTX 295 - a manifestly better card if you're looking for performance - and pre-overclocked GTX 285s, wich are up to 40 per cent slower at 2,50x1,600.
So here's a question - can you add a 4850 to the 4850x2 to run crossfire over three cards? If so, you've got performance that's going to beat this in some games, with change to spare..