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55nm GT200: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 1GB Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: BFG Tech
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BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB

As I said before, I got in a pair of GTX 285 graphics boards the day before this launch, one of which is the new BFG GeForce GTX 285 OCX 1GB card seen below.

Ah yes, last minute box design.

The card and cooler design are basically identical to that of the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260+ cards released last year.  Slight tweaks have been made for noise reduction and card spacing/installation issues though to prevent any possible motherboard incompatibilities. 

The card is overclocked:

  • Core: 712 MHz vs 648 MHz stock
  • Shader: 1620 MHz vs 1476 MHz stock
  • Memory: 1332 MHz vs 1242 MHz stock

These are some pretty significant overclocks on top of the default reference speeds on the GTX 285 that are already faster than the original GTX 280 speeds!

UPDATE: BFG apparently has had some issues with yields at these speeds and we got an email THIS MORNING that the clocks were being pulled back on the OCX model.  The new clocks will be 702 MHz/1584 MHz/1332 MHz, respectively.  The changes shouldn't result in too dramatic a shift in the performance numbers we are showing you in this piece though.

The GTX 285 still features a pair of dual-link DVI connections and an S-Video/HDTV output on the rear connectors.

Both standard 2-Way and 3-Way SLI are supported on the GTX 285.

Here's the good news again: the GTX 285 only (err...only) requires a pair of 6-pin power connectors instead of a 6-pin and an 8-pin. 

BFG includes your standard accessories in the box.
November 13, 2011 | 07:01 AM - Posted by Eugeniy Uskov (not verified)

Hi there! I'm curently looking this card for purchaise. I'm making an upgrade for my dad's old pc, and it has the same card on board...And i decided to set em dual via SLI. thats why I'm asking you if you still have al least one of them and you have possibility to sell it to me.Please contact me!

have a nice day

December 7, 2011 | 12:49 AM - Posted by simoniddings

Thank you for such a comprehensive review! I was having a headache trying to find a graphics card to replace the one that burnt out in my old PC, and for someone who doesn’t know a thing about how such things work this was a hell of a good read. Now, time to find reviews for a new printer too!

Simon

February 23, 2012 | 01:52 AM - Posted by Christine Deverell (not verified)

With so many graphics cards and drivers coming from Nvidia and Radeon at such a fast rate, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes and updates. It is even harder to decide whether to change to the newer one because of compatibility issues. I think your review really helped me a lot. Thanks!
Christine

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