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Nvidia's GeForce GTX 285: A Worthy Successor?
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Test System Configuration

CPU

Intel Core i7 920 (2.66 GHz, 8.0 MB Cache)

Overclocked to 4.00 GHz (BCLK 200)

CPU Cooler

Swiftech Liquid Cooling: Apogee GTZ water block

MCP-655b pump, and 3x120 mm radiator

Motherboard

Gigabyte EX58-Extreme

Intel X58/ICH10R Chipset, LGA-1366

RAM

6.0 GB Crucial DDR3-1600 Triple-Channel Kit

Overclocked to CAS 8-8-8-16

GTX 285 Graphics

XFX GeForce GTX 285 XXX Edition

670 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2500

GTX 280 Graphics

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 PN: 01G-P3-1280-AR

602 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2214

GTX 295 Graphics

GeForce GTX 295

2x 576 MHz GPU, GDDR3-1998

Radeon HD 4870 X2 Graphics

Sapphire HD 4870 X2 PN: 100251SR

2x 750 MHz GPU, GDDR5-3600

Hard Drives

Seagate Barracuda ST3500641AS

0.5 TB, 7,200 RPM, 16 MB Cache

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Power

Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA

ATX12V v2.2. EPS12V, 850W, 64A combined +12 V

Optical

LG GGC-H20LK 6X Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM, 16X DVD±R

Software

OS

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1

Graphics

NVidia Forceware 181.20 Beta

AMD 8.561.3.0000 Beta

Chipset

Intel INF 8.3.0.1016


Pooling the hardware from our previous GeForce GTX 295 quad-SLI comparison allows curious readers to compare today’s results to those of more elaborate, multi-card configurations. Highlights of our system include an Intel Core i7 920 processor overclocked to 4.00 GHz, a Swiftech Apogee-GTZ based liquid cooling kit for overclocking stability, and 6 GB of Crucial DDR3-1600 at moderately-tight CAS 8 timings.

Benchmark Configuration

Call of Duty: World at War

Patch 1.1, FRAPS/saved game
Highest Quality Settings, No AA/No AF, vsync off
Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA/Max AF, vsync off

Crysis

Patch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Very-High Quality Settings, No AA/No AF (Forced)
Very-High Quality Settings, 4x AA/8x AF (Forced)

Far Cry 2

DirectX 10, Steam Version, in-game benchmark
Very-High Quality Settings, No AA, No AF (Forced)
Very-High Quality Settings, 4x AA, 8x AF (Forced)

Left 4 Dead

Very-High Details, No AA/No AF, vsync off
Very-High Details, 4xAA/8x AF, vysnc off

World in Conflict

Patch 1009, DirectX 10, timedemo
Very-High Quality Settings, No AA/No AF, vsync off
Very-High Quality Settings, 4x AA/16x AF, vsync off

3D Mark Vantage

Version 1.02: 3DMark, GPU, CPU scores
Performance, High, Extreme Presets

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