XFX GTX285 Black Edition ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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The battle wages on between the rivals who are both fighting for domination, each side keeps pulling ahead for a while. No, it's not a new videogame but rather a new line of video cards from nVidia. With the high performance of the updated GTX260, nVidia had to update the GTX280 to fit in better with the GTX295 that was also recently released.
XFX is one of the top nVidia graphic cards suppliers, who now sits on the fence and produces ATI video cards. XFX was founded in 1989 and also produced motherboards. With the ownership of the Black Edition cards comes an exclusive membership with plenty of perks. Some of which are the Double Lifetime Protection Warranty (which can be transferred to the buyer if you sell the card), support, up-to-date downloads and guides, and a “Modder Friendly” company.
Originally, both the GTX280 and GTX260 were produced on the 65nm production process, but were recently given a die-shrink to 55nm (with the renaming to GTX285), which should increase clock speed, power efficiency, and overall efficiency. The shrink also saves nVidia money because it allows the company to make more GPU cores per silicon wafer. The whole line-up has been given a face-lift to 55nm now and XFX has pushed the limits of this new technology even further with the overclocked GTX285 Black Edition.
The package is similar in size to a small shoebox, emblazoned with the Black Edition line, nVidia logos, Far Cry 2 logo (comes with the card free), 1GB of DDR3, and PCI Express 2.0 compliance. The back lists the features that the card has, and a picture of the top of the card. The card also comes with 5-Star support, which when the card is registered also acts as a double-lifetime warranty that is transferable if the card is sold and registered again. The back also has the logos of supporting technologies, such as PhysX by nVidia.
The side panel lists the recommended system requirements and also minimum and recommended power supply requirements. The basic requirements are Windows XP/Vista and an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or better CPU. The recommended power supply wattage is 550 watts, or at least 40 amps on the 12-volt rail(s). XFX recommends at least a 630-watt power supply for non-SLI, or 680+ watts for SLI. Also listed are the contents, including installation CD, User Guide, and Adobe PDF Reader. The other side lists the Far Cry 2 Mature Audience only information, along with stickers for CUDA and SLI support, and XFX being an Authorized Board Partner with nVidia.
The top is branded with XFX and nVidia logos and with the video card line. The reverse has the same logos, and serial number/part number information.
With the top open, we are greeted by the XFX logo. With a slight pull another box comes out, with XFX logos and website address.
Opening this box reveals the driver CD, manuals for card installation/drivers, and Far Cry 2 game.
Underneath the manuals is a cardboard slot labeled “play hard.” Lifting it reveals the accessories for the video card: DVI-VGA adapter, DVI-HDMI adapter with audio cable, Component Video-YPBPR adapter, and 6-pin PCI-Express adapter with male and female Molex connections.
Removing the tray reveals the video card, neatly protected by a fitting of green cardboard. The card is also protected by the anti-static bag from dust, moisture, other nuisances, and of course static discharge while removing it from the packaging.
Let’s get the bag off and see this beast in the wild!