Ladybird GTX 285 Reviewtacohunter52 -
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There is no question that the 5XXX series ATI cards are the current cream of the crop, and only the new NVIDIA cards will be able to take that away from them. That being said, the GT200 cards can still pack a punch, and many users might find they don't need anything more. One major downside to GT200 cards, however, is the price. For almost the same amount of money, you can pick up a DirectX 11-capable 5XXX series card. Hopefully the release of NVIDIA's new series of cards will change this.
Ladybird is a company that many people have never heard of, which may cause some to doubt whether or not a prosepective buyer should trust its products. However, from what we saw with the Ladybird GTX 285, this is not the case. Although the card gave us sub par performance in two of our benchmarks, it did perform extraordinarily well in the rest. The card did not come factory overclocked, but it did come with a non reference design cooler. In fact, the Ladybird GTX 285 appears to use the same cooler as the Galaxy GTX 285. This cooler utilizes three heatpipes and actually manages to perform very well. With the fan speed set to 75, it's barely audible yet kept the card around 68Â°C throught all our benchmarks. There are definitely better coolers, but the Ladybird GTX 285's was not too shabby! This cooler allowed the card to go through a very decent overclock, which in turn gave us a very decent increase in performance.
In terms of connectivity, the Ladybird GTX 285 has just about everything. You'll be able to utilize two DVI ports, a component port, or a DVI to HDMI adapter. That being said, I was a little disappointed to not see a DVI to VGA adapter. While this really isn't too big of a deal, there are still some users rocking monitors that only support VGA connections. The card also includes two SLI connectors, allowing you will be able to SLI this baby with two other GTX 285s, if your heart so desires. As far as powering the card goes, you'll need to use two 6-pin connectors. These days this actually doesn't seem like much, especially because 5970s requiring two 8-pin connectors and one 6-pin connector keep popping up.
I find it relatively hard to recommend this card to anyone. Not because of the card's poor performance in two benchmarks - even though it didn't perform as well as it should have, it still gave extremely playable framerates - but rather because I find it hard to recommend the Ladybird GTX 285 due to its price. I have no problem spending $350 on a video card, but for almost the same price, you can pick up a HD 5850. The 5850 supports DX 11 and will provide the same, if not greater, performance. One of the only things I can see lowering the price of the GT200 cards would be the upcoming release of NVIDIA's new 400 series. When those start to go on sale, purchasing a newer card would likely be a better investment for your money. However, there are some users who will only purchase NVIDIA cards, and if you are one of them, the Ladybird GTX 285 might just be perfect for you.
- Good performance
- Decent cooler
- Cool looking card
- Decent overclock
- Priced about the same as a 5850
- No DVI to VGA adapter