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Zotac's Watercooled GeForce GTX 285

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

Graphics power is never enough. I remember when getting my hands on an 8800 GTX was the epitome of graphics performance. Alas, that's no longer the case. Zotac today sends word that its putting the final touches on a new GeForce 285 GTX card that's built to be water cooled, straight from the factory.

The new card will be based on Zotac's GeForce GTX 285 AMP Edition, which already has its stock frequencies overclocking from the factory. Zotac's AMP edition of the GTX 285 comes in at a core frequency of 702 MHz, shader clock of 1512 MHz and memory at 2592 MHz. Compare that with Nvidia's stock figures of 648 MHz, 1476 MHz and 2484 MHz respectively.

According to Zotac, the new watercooled version will come overclocked from the factory too. We're not sure what the final clock speeds are yet, but we were told they would be at least at the AMP Edition's speeds.

Those who have water cooled setups may want to keep eyes pealed for the release of Zotac's new GTX 285 with integrated water cooling.

Update: Zotac confirmed with us that its watercooled version will be clocked higher from factory, than the current AMP Edition.

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    Anonymous , February 25, 2009 10:53 PM
    That is one sweet card :)  looks like it could even be single slot if it was not for the dual bracket on the rear. I Want Water Cooling
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    ravenware , February 25, 2009 11:18 PM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131139

    Again with this sh**
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    geminireaper , February 25, 2009 11:28 PM
    Ravenware why point out an inferior card. Sure if you look at it from a price per fps category the 4870 wins however if money is no object the 285 is much faster.
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    one-shot , February 25, 2009 11:49 PM
    He said Nvidia stock memory is 1242MHz and the overclocked at 2592MHz. That seems pretty misleading to me....
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    ravenware , February 26, 2009 12:19 AM
    geminireaperRavenware why point out an inferior card. Sure if you look at it from a price per fps category the 4870 wins however if money is no object the 285 is much faster.


    The point is how biased this site is becoming.

    ATI has water cooled cards too(saphire released one a couple years ago). ATI has just many manufacturers making useful and useless video card modifications.

    The point is this zotac card is not news, what they should do round up the cards to see what if any real performance impact they have.
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    Claimintru , February 26, 2009 1:11 AM
    Might be news if ATI was the fastest Single GPU card on the planet right now, but its not. This made news because it lets an already blazing fast card with none of the ugly SLI or Crossfire issues be pushed even faster.

    ATI got plenty of coverage with the 4850/4870 release when price/performance wise it devastated Nvidia's offerings. Quit being a ranting fanboy Raven.
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    eddieroolz , February 26, 2009 1:29 AM
    ClaimintruATI got plenty of coverage with the 4850/4870 release when price/performance wise it devastated Nvidia's offerings. Quit being a ranting fanboy Raven.


    I second you, my friend.
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    falchard , February 26, 2009 1:54 AM
    When you take out gaming as a factor and just look at the computational power of the cards. The HD4870 is ontop. I think the reason nVidia is so ravely reviewed is because it sets up contracts with game studios and has them develop the game a certain way to make their card superior. AMD really does not do this and its the shortcoming of a great card.
    I find it hard to believe why game studios have not adopted onto AMD cards starting at the HD3870 because of the power you have with them. DX10.1, higher vertex calculation power, tesselators. Its simply surprising the only DX10.1 supported game dropped it because it was performing too good.
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    curnel_D , February 26, 2009 2:31 AM
    This isnt a matter of fanboism, but something totally different completely. This is just advertisement that should be in the little flash bars at the top and sides of the site, not in the articles.

    Sure, announce a watercooled GTX285, but not until it's released, and you have a chance to compare it both to normal cooling solutions and competitor watercooling comparisons.

    But Falchard has alot of good ideas. Nvidia has abused their place in the market. And no one can doubt that.
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    seboj , February 26, 2009 5:43 AM
    Meh, the barbs point towards the CPu. Always the little things.
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    Blessedman , February 26, 2009 7:54 AM
    This site reports new hardware either in production or going to be in production. What else is there to talk about? wow...
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    Tekkamanraiden , February 26, 2009 11:13 AM
    Wow it's definitely more than a little ugly, but I'm sure it's crazy fast.
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    lamorpa , February 26, 2009 11:50 AM
    Is it me? This article, titled Zotac's Watercooled... (card), states that the overclocked card is overclocked and is available in an overclocked version, and that the watercooled card is watercooled and comes in a watercooled version (and this watercooled version will be overclocked). Which is it? : 1) Paid by the word? 2) No editing whatsoever?
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    JumpKickJoe , February 26, 2009 12:18 PM
    falchardWhen you take out gaming as a factor and just look at the computational power of the cards. The HD4870 is ontop. I think the reason nVidia is so ravely reviewed is because it sets up contracts with game studios and has them develop the game a certain way to make their card superior. AMD really does not do this and its the shortcoming of a great card.I find it hard to believe why game studios have not adopted onto AMD cards starting at the HD3870 because of the power you have with them. DX10.1, higher vertex calculation power, tesselators. Its simply surprising the only DX10.1 supported game dropped it because it was performing too good.


    Curnel_DThis isnt a matter of fanboism, but something totally different completely. This is just advertisement that should be in the little flash bars at the top and sides of the site, not in the articles. Sure, announce a watercooled GTX285, but not until it's released, and you have a chance to compare it both to normal cooling solutions and competitor watercooling comparisons. But Falchard has alot of good ideas. Nvidia has abused their place in the market. And no one can doubt that.


    No doubt about it. NVIDIA has done some ballsness in the industry that is totally unacceptable. The amount of games I haved played that have the "Nvidia...The way it's meant to be played" video in it makes me wonder how much $$$$ they shell out to game studios in order to make their products look like they are the best of the best. We all know they have re-named and recycled their stuff just to get the upper hand. It's nothing new to the industry, but that level of deception that they reached to, as well as their blackouts of certain reveiwers of their hardware makes me totally against them.

    Don't be too surprised if you see this GTX 285 come out as a BMX 1000 or ABC 123 some ballsness like that.
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    grieve , February 26, 2009 2:30 PM
    I guess this is news…

    I know if I were building a waterloop today I would just purchase whatever vid card I wanted and get a waterblock to match.

    I do like that fact that companies are recognizing there is a market out there for factory built water cooled components (small market).
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    A Stoner , February 26, 2009 4:45 PM
    I like this idea, but like many posters have already said, watercooled from factory video cards are nothing new. In fact there was a selfcontained watercooled card.

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    bydesign , February 27, 2009 2:16 AM
    Can it out pace my 4870x2, in anything? If not I'm not sure that I care. Right now Nvidea is in pretty sad shape and may not survive this recession. Their cards are way over priced and not really giving you a good reason to pay it. My guess is this card will run at least $100 over the stock one and that puts it in direct competition with the 4870x2 which the overpriced GTX 295 trades blows with.
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    Claimintru , February 27, 2009 3:33 AM
    "Right now Nvidea is in pretty sad shape and may not survive this recession."

    Nvidia posted a Net Income of over 750 Million dollars for 2008. Ati/AMD posted a Net *Loss* of over 3 Billion. Explain please?