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XFX GTX285 Black Edition Review

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The box contained a driver CD but I suggest getting the latest drivers instead, though understandably not everyone has Internet access. The setup program on the CD is clean cut and basic. Using the program, it will search the hardware for which card you have and ask if you want the latest online drivers or use the ones off the disc. You can either install the older drivers, or register with XFX, and register your card (which also gives you your warranty if registered within 30 days).











When “Use the files from the disc” is clicked, manuals are accessible as well as drivers. Otherwise, the user is taken to the XFX website with matching layout to the program and allowed to either login or register an account.



Once registered, the user needs to register the video card with XFX to be able to then download the latest support files and drivers. Once registered, users gain access to other options like support tickets and help guides if any trouble occurs.



There are no programs included, but Far Cry 2 was bundled with the card! nVidia Control Panel allows for all sorts of settings to be adjusted. Color, resolution, in-game settings, PhysX, and overclock speed are just some of the variables that can be adjusted. There is also a stability test and system monitor. The overclocking program is a module that can be installed into the Control Panel. The program was not working properly with these drivers however, and caused blue screens whenever I attempted to try to open the overclocking tab. Though everything else worked flawlessly.



Now that we got it working, let's check out all of the features on it and see how it performs.

  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifications & 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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