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Asus ENGTX285 TOP Review

ccokeman    -   January 15, 2009
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Testing:

At OverclockersClub.com, we use a set of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of gaming benchmarks, some that are more seasoned, to show how well the GTX285 really compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. I will be using both single and multiple GPU models to compare the performance of the Asus ENGTX285. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. In the past our test systems have been run at the default clock speeds of the installed processor but with the latest video cards showing little improvement when run with the CPU and memory at the stock settings, we have done just what we should have a while back. That is to overclock our processor to a safe, achievable overclock with our new test setup. Going forward, all of the testing will be run on this platform. The processor is an Intel Core I7 920 that has had a little bump up to 3.0GHz with six gigabytes of system memory. All testing is done with the default settings in the respective control panels. For this round of testing, our drivers have been updated to 180.87 for the Nvidia cards and Catalyst 8.12 for the ATI video cards used in this review. The exception being the testing done with the GTX295 and GTX285, which are using the latest 181.20 driver.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Asus ENGTX285 TOP 708/1637/1340

The Asus GTX285 TOP is a factory overclocked video card and that usually means little headroom exists above the clock speeds that the manufacturer has tested and guaranteed. This is the case in this example as well with only a 37MHz increase over the 670MHz core clock speed and 40MHz on the GDDR3 memory. I was just a bit disappointed with the clock speeds that I was able to get from the card. Increasing the fan speed did not give me any higher clocks so I ran the benchmarks at the clock speeds listed above. Initially, the overclocking looked promising but I had to drop the clock speeds down to the point where it would pass 3DMark 06 at 723/1350MHz. The game stable overclock was 5.5% on the GPU core and less than 5% on the memory, which is already set to run at a massive 1300MHz.

 

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left For Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 

 

Unfortunately, our testing at 2560x1600 was not accomplished in time for this review. The monitor was set up and ready to go but when I powered it up it was just a kaleidoscope of colors. The monitor appeared to have had a nice bit of hidden damage in shipping and was just not replaced in time for this article. Look for a followup with testing at 2560x1600.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Video Card
  3. Closer Look: Drivers and programs
  4. Specification & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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