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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS ENGTX285 TOP GeForce GTX 285 Video Card
ASUS ENGTX285 TOP Specifications
GeForce GTX 285 Features
ASUS GTX 285 First Look
ENGTX285 TOP Details
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
COD 4 Fraps Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
World in Conflict Benchmarks
ENGTX285 TOP Temperatures
VGA Power Consumption
GT200 GPU Final Thoughts
ASUS ENGTX285 TOP Conclusion

ASUS ENGTX285 TOP

NVIDIA Continues to refine the GT200 GPU, and the latest 55nm version offers better efficiency and higher performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews performance tests the ASUS GeForce GTX 285 against a wide range of video cards. With 1GB of GDDR3 video memory clocked to 1300MHz, and 240 cores working at 1550MHz, the ENGTX285 TOP pushes frame rates to a new high. Benchmarks will help set these video cards apart, but price will ultimately decide the products fate.

Discrete desktop graphics have had a lot of controversy surrounding them of late. While NVIDIA and ATI continue to produce high-end components at an alarming rate, video games made for the PC platform have required about the same level of power for the past three years. I discussed this topic at-length in my Year In Review: 2008 Computer Hardware Industry Failure article, and it seems that all of the key players are comfortable with more of the same.

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Unfortunately, 2009 is not just another year. 2008 Was by most accounts a bad year, and many companies found themselves closing-up shop after a long period of complacency. So perhaps it's best that NVIDIA has decided to take a great idea (the GT200 GPU), and make it better. As it stands now, NVIDIA already supports a very large line of desktop video cards in their current line-up:

GeForce 200 Series GeForce 9 Series GeForce 8 Series
  • GeForce GTX 295
  • GeForce GTX 285
  • GeForce GTX 280
  • GeForce GTX 260
  • GeForce 9800 GX2
  • GeForce 9800 GTX+
  • GeForce 9800 GTX
  • GeForce 9800 GT
  • GeForce 9600 GT
  • GeForce 9600 GSO
  • GeForce 9500 GT
  • GeForce 9400 GT

  • GeForce 8800 GTS
  • GeForce 8800 GT
  • GeForce 8600 GTS
  • GeForce 8600 GT
  • GeForce 8500 GT
  • GeForce 8400 GS

So now that NVIDIA has announced the latest single-GPU top-performer, there's a new standard to be met. The GeForce GTX 280 has already earned the 2008 Editors Choice Award from Benchmark Reviews, and we've seen how powerful the factory-overclocked versions can be. ASUS, a company not known for launching reference-level products, has announced immediate availability of their ENGTX285 TOP edition video card. This factory-overclocked graphics card takes the GT200 GPU to every high performance levels than we've previously seen out of any one single GPU. Compared against a large field of competitors, the new GeForce GTX 285 extends NVIDIA's legacy.

About the company: ASUSTek Computer, Inc.

ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.

asus_logo_blue_300px.pngIn 2006, the company shipped 55 million motherboards, which means one in three desktop PCs sold last year was powered by an ASUS motherboard. Our 2006 revenues reached US$16.5 billion, and is expected to garner US$23 billion in 2007.

ASUS products' top quality stems from product development. It's like learning Chinese Kung-Fu; one must begin with cultivating the "Chi" and inner strength. Besides innovating cutting-edge features, ASUS engineers also pay special attention to EMI (electromagnetic interference), thermal, acoustics and details that usually go unnoticed to achieve complete customer satisfaction. ASUS notebooks are the first TCO'99-certified notebooks worldwide. The requirements for this honor include radiation emission control, energy (battery consumption), ecology (environment friendly) and ergonomics.

To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. That's why all 100,000 over employees of ASUS strive for the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers through world-class services.

With unyielding commitment to innovation and quality, ASUS won 2,168 awards in 2006, meaning on average, the company received over 5 awards everyday last year. BusinessWeek ranked ASUS amongst its "InfoTech 100" for the 9th straight year. The readers of Tom's Hardware Guide, the world's largest IT website, selected ASUS as the best maker of motherboards and graphics cards. Furthermore, the company is ranked as No.1 in quality products and services by the Wall Street Journal.



 

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