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Review: NVIDIA (GIGABYTE) GeForce GTX 285 - another high-end contender

by Parm Mann on 15 January 2009, 14:00 3.4

Tags: GV-N285-1GH-B, Gigabyte (TPE:2376), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), PC

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Company of Heroes: OF (high-end) 1,680x1,050 4xAA 0xAF
BFG GeForce GTX 295Inno3D GeForce GTX 280Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 OCGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 285Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2Sapphire Radeon HD 4870Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2
112.5890.7781.8100.2683.3258.7292.99


Company of Heroes: OF (high-end) 1,920x1,200 4xAA 0xAF
BFG GeForce GTX 295Inno3D GeForce GTX 280Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 OCGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 285Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2Sapphire Radeon HD 4870Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2
100.8776.1168.0986.2975.1550.5985.03


Company of Heroes: OF (high-end) 2,560x1,600 4xAA 0xAF
BFG GeForce GTX 295Inno3D GeForce GTX 280Inno3D GeForce GTX 260 OCGIGABYTE GeForce GTX 285Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2Sapphire Radeon HD 4870Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 X2
76.6449.3544.4956.2852.1734.3362.7


As far as single-GPU graphics cards are concerned, the GeForce GTX 285 is one with oodles of power - enough to race past any single-GPU solution before it. Compared to the erstwhile single-GPU champ, the GeForce GTX 280, we see an average performance increase of around 11 per cent.

Furthermore, at resolutions of 1,920x1,200 or below, it's able to edge ahead of anything available from AMD - even the Radeon HD 4870 X2.

At the ultra-high resolution of 2,560x1,600, the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 prove their worth by utilising the large amounts of memory bandwidth available to dual-GPU solutions.