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XFX GTX285 Black Edition Review



Video cards are tested by running them through a volley of benchmarks and then seeing where they fall. The results are then shown in comparison to other major competitive card configurations. The drivers are stock, with no settings modified, and the card is tested before and after being overclocked to see what performance can be gained. The test system seen below is just slightly overclocked, removing some of the bottleneck and allowing for the cards to speak for themselves. The speed of the i7 CPU is set to 3GHz, running with 6GB of triple channel DDR3. The GTX285 was tested with the newest available driver version, 181.22, while the ATI cards used Catalyst 8.12.


Comparison Video Cards:




Overclocked settings:

  • XFX GTX285 Black Edition 726/1632/1397

The XFX GTX285 Black Edition is already factory overclocked, so not much more can be squeezed out generally. I pushed for 36MHz more on the core and 97MHz on the memory, resulting in a 5% overclock on the core and 7% on the memory. Stock GTX285s run at 648/1242, so overall the clocks were 11% higher on core and memory than what nVidia sends out the door for stock cards.



Video benchmarks:

  • Far Cry 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • BioShock
  • Call of Duty World at War
  • Dead Space
  • Fallout 3
  • Left For Dead
  • 3DMark 06 Professional
  • 3DMark Vantage


  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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