Ladybird GTX 285 Reviewtacohunter52 - April 4, 2010
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The Ladybird GTX 285 is a stock-clocked card based on a 55nm process. This should of course generate less heat and consume less power than the 65nm GTX 280. The card is clocked at 648MHz and utilizes 1GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1242MHz. The card, of course, has both PhysX and CUDA support, as well as the ability to utilize PureVideo HD Technology. A quick glance at the Ladybird GTX 285 shows us an oddly sexy-looking card. It uses a completely black cooler with no graphics, other than the Ladybird sticker on the fan. The cooler is equipped with three heatpipes, which tells us it probably performs fairly well. The cooler appears to be the same cooler that Galaxy uses on its cards, which tells us that it probably came from a third party source. The card itself is printed on blue PCB, which is surprisingly attractive with the black cooler. The back of the card contains no memory modules and a ton of screws, meaning all the memory modules are located underneath the cooler, and are hopefully benefiting from this. The multitude of screws tells us the cooler is probably a little more complicated than it looks.
In terms of connectivity, the Ladybird GTX 285 has almost everything you need. You'll be able to utilize two Dual Link DVI ports, a component port, or use an HDMI output via the DVI to HDMI adapter. The card uses the ever popular PCIe x16 2.0 interface. If you're looking to SLI the Ladybird GTX 285 with one or even two more cards, you'll be able to make use of the card's two SLI connectors. Otherwise, there is a protective bracket that will keep the SLI connectors from getting damaged. As far as powering the card goes, you'll need two 6-pin connectors, which is better than two 8-pin connectors and one 6-pin connector.
A video card's biggest physical feature is almost always its cooler, and this is mostly because they're of mammoth proportions. The Ladybird GTX 285's cooler looks as though it could do a wondrous job at keeping the card nice and chilly. It also appears as though the cooler could be directly dissipating heat from many of the card's components. However, we'll have to remove it in order to see what's actually making contact with what! The cooler features a huge chunk of very shiny, finned aluminum. The part that actually comes in contact with the GTX 285's 55nm core is copper. The heat should then transfer to the aluminum heatpipes, which will then be transferred to the cooler's hundreds of fins. The opposite side of the cooler holsters a fan that, when paired with the fan shroud, should transfer air evenly throughout the cooler. The memory modules are also cooled by the cooler, but they don't make direct contact with it. Instead, they come into contact with a thermal padded metal bracket, which then contacts the cooler. The Ladybird GTX 285's cooler looks as though it can dissipate a massive amount of heat, however we'll have to wait and see how well it actually performs!
With the cooler successfully removed, we are able to see the card in all of its glorious nakedness. Arranged in a cube around the GTX 285's 55nm core are the sixteen HYNIX memory modules. These make up the card's 1GB of GDDR3 memory, which is clocked at 1248MHz and runs on a 512-bit bus. Directly in the center of the memory modules is the GTX 285's 55nm core, which is stock-clocked at 648MHz and stuffed full with 240 stream processors.
From the looks of it, this card should perform pretty well, so let's get it installed and put it to the tests!