Asus ENGTX285 TOP Reviewccokeman - January 15, 2009
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No matter what, you will need to install a new set of drivers to get this card to function as it is intended to do. The drivers included on the disc are 180.47, so I downloaded and installed the latest drivers. The Asus driver and utility disk is where you can find the driver if you choose to use the driver that comes with the GTX285. The utilities that are available for install are the Gamer OSD, Smart Doctor and the the Video Security suite. You can choose to install all or none of them. I chose the Gamer OSD and Smart Doctor as those applications would prove most beneficial for my purpose.
The Gamer OSD is an application that allows you to view video and capture screen shots either in game or while watching a movie.
Smart Doctor is an application that allows you to tailor the monitoring of your card to your specific needs while providing added functionality. Unfortunately, the power monitoring function did not work for me. I have shown all of the tabs available under this application so you get a general idea of what it looks like.
If the default level of performance or visual quality is not up to your expectations, you can use nVidia's Control Panel to modify some options in this regard. There are a bunch of different tabs where adjustments can be done, though I will only take you through a few of the ones I find important to gamers among us. The Manage 3D Settings tab allows the Global (all situations) settings to be tailored to your liking, whether you want to gear the system toward performance or quality. Under this tab are some game specific settings as well. There are also pre-made profiles that can be adjusted to activate all the eye candy or to minimize the settings in order to get higher framerates, although that most likely won't be a problem with the pair of cards on the bench today. The choice is all yours. This is also where you activate SLI.