Asus ENGTX285 TOP Reviewccokeman - January 15, 2009
Category: Video Cards
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Here we are again, another video card launch from Nvidia. Anyone notice a pattern emerging or is it just me? ATI has enjoyed some success with its 4000 series cards but Nvidia has not laid down. The company has enjoyed success with its GTX 260 cards, followed by the GTX 280, and most recently the GTX 295. Currently, Nvidia is once again holding the performance crown and is now adding another card to its arsenal of firepower. Today we will be looking at the GTX 285 and we will find out exactly where this card fits into the mix when it comes to performance and pricing.
The front panel features the Asus logo, the card name and several of the features of the GTX285. There is an advertisement for coupons that allows a 10% discount on five games with the purchase of the GTX 285. The warrior on the front looks like something straight from the mind of Frank Frazetta. The back panel lists the features as well as several included proprietary applications for use with the GTX 285. The front panel flips up to go into greater detail about the functionality of the Gamer OSD and Smart Doctor applications.
Once you open the box it looks as though Asus made some huge changes in the way the contents are sent to the consumer. Gone is the nondescript white box and in its place is a black ridged box with the Asus logo in gold. That theme continues through the accessory boxes with the GTX285 hidden under the documentation box. The ENGTX285 is packed tightly in foam and wrapped in an anti-static bag to prevent any shipping or ESD damage.
Asus usually includes a fairly decent bundle with its high end cards and this one is no different. Included with this bundle are the driver and manual discs as well as a leather mouse pad with the Asus logo. The hardware includes a dual 4-pin Molex to 6-pin PCI-E adapter, S/PDIF sound cable to go from the motherboard to the GPU, an HDTV dongle, DVD to D-Sub adapter and last, but not least, the DVI to HDMI adapter.
Let's get a little more intimate with the ENGTX285.