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XFX GTX285 Black Edition Review



Fabrication Process
55 nm

Core Clock (texture and ROP units)

690 MHz

Shader Clock (Stream Processors)

1620 MHz

Memory Clock (Clock rate / Data

1300 MHz / 2600 MHz
Total Video Memory
Memory Interface
Total Memory Bandwidth
224 GB/s
Processor Cores
ROP Units
Texture Filtering Units
Texture Filtering Rate
92.2 GigaTexels/sec
2 x Dual-Link DVI-I
Bus Technology
PCI Express 2.0
Form Factor
Dual Slot 10.5" x 4.376" x 1.5"
Power Connectors
2 x 6-pin
Max Board Power (TDP)
183 watts



  • 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture:   Second generation architecture delivers 50% more gaming performance over the first generation through 240 enhanced processor cores that provide incredible shading horsepower.
  • 3-way SLI Technology:  Industry leading 3-way NVIDIA SLI® technology offers amazing performance scaling by implementing 3-way AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) for the world’s premier gaming solution under Windows Vista® with solid, state-of-the-art drivers.
  • DirectX 10 Support:  Microsoft® DirectX® 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects for today’s hottest games.
  • CUDA Technology:   NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks - such as video transcoding - delivering up to 20x performance over traditional CPUs.
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support:   Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
  •  SLI Multi-Monitor support:  Switch seamlessly between multi-display desktop mode and full screen 3D gaming with SLI. And enjoy full multi-GPU support for dual-display capable 3D games such as World in Conflict, Supreme Commander Forged Alliance, and Flight Simulator X.
  •  GigaThread™ Technology:  Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next-generation shader programs.
  • NVIDIA® Lumenex™ Engine Delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
  • 16x Anti-aliasing Technology: Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
  •  128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting: Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.
  • OpenGL 2.1 Optimization and Support  Provides top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.
  • Dual Dual-link DVI Support:  Able to drive the industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560x1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).3
  • HDMI Output4: Support for HDMI output enables sending both high-definition video and audio signals to an HDTV via a single cable.
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology:  The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
  • Discrete, Programmable Video Processor:  PureVideo is a discrete programmable processing core in NVIDIA GPUs that provides superb picture quality and ultra-smooth movies with 100% offload of H.264 video decoding from the CPU and significantly reduced power consumption.
  •  Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration:  Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray movie experience.
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch:  Dynamically provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies for spectacular picture clarity.

All information courtesy of [email protected]://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/products/graphiccards/200series/285GTX.aspx

  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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