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Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card - The Card

Galaxy has mixed it up a bit with the GTX 285. It boasts 2GB of glorious GDDR3 memory and a pretty kick ass cooler. Let's check it out!

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 17, 2009 6:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Galaxy

The Card

 

Looking at the card for the first time, there isn't a whole lot to see here thanks to the Arctic Xtreme cooler that Galaxy has opted for. It pretty much covers every inch of the card with us only really seeing three 92mm fans that span from one end of the card to the other.

 

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card

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There's more to the cooler than just a few fans, though. We've got five heat-pipes that run under them to help move the heat away from the core and we have a huge number of aluminum fins. With the help of the fans the heat then gets taken off the card as quickly as possible.

 

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card

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Taking the time to quickly look around the card, we see there isn't anything else too out of the ordinary. Towards the back of the card we have two power connectors; one an 8-Pin while the other being a 6-Pin.

 

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card

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Closer to the front of the card we have two SLI connectors which give us the ability to run up to three cards. That might be a bit difficult, though, with the cooler taking up a bit of space on the motherboard and covering our second PCI-E 16x slot on the EX58-UD5.

 

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card

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Included in the connectivity department are two Dual-Link DVI connectors and a single S-Video out port. We can also see here there's a vent to let the hot air escape and behind it we can also see some of the copper heat pipes that are present on the card.

 

Specifications

 

As far as specifications go, there are two major changes in this GTX 285 from Galaxy. The first is the massive 2GB of memory they have chosen to include. The second is the memory clock; they have used slightly slower memory so they have had to decrease the clock to 2400MHz DDR instead of the stock 2484MHz DDR.

 

Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 2GB Tri-Fan Graphics Card

 

Apart from these two changes everything else is stock, which means the core comes in at 648MHz while the shader clock is 1476MHz. With the massive cooler on offer and the down clock in memory, it would have been nice to see Galaxy increase the core, but instead they have opted for something that should run quieter and cooler.

 

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