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GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card - The Card

GIGABYTE ramps up the amount of memory and the core clock on this GTX 285. Let's see if these boosts do it any real favours.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 31, 2009 5:46 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The Card

 

Looking at the card itself, there isn't really much we haven't seen before when it comes to overall design. GIGABYTE, like most companies has opted for the reference cooler which we've seen many a times.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card

 

GIGABYTE has of course mixed it up by adding their own sticker to the cooler which lets us know the model and brand, while also telling us that it's part of the Ultra Durable VGA series. We can also see GIGABYTE has placed a sticker on the fan.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card

 

Moving around the card, there isn't anything we haven't seen before. Having a closer look at the back of the card, we have two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors and next to these we also have another little white connector which is used in conjunction with the S/PDIF connector so that you can get sound through the HDMI connectivity.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card

 

Closer to the front of the card we have our two SLI connectors which gives us the ability to run up to three of these cards together, giving us a whopping 6GB of total graphics card memory.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card

 

Looking at the I/O side of things, we can see that GIGABYTE has decided to mix it up a bit when it comes to connectivity. We've got our standard Dual-Link DVI connector and GIGABYTE has also opted to add a VGA connector to the card along with a HDMI one, which is always a nice bonus.

 

Specifications

 

As we mentioned before, there was something going on with the clocks of the 2GB model we've got from GIGABYTE. While the model is an OC one, the clocks on the memory are actually down when compared to a default 1GB model. This is due to the fact that higher density memory modules are needed.

 

GIGABYTE GTX 285 2GB OC Graphics Card

 

Like the Galaxy model we looked at a while back, the memory clock is slightly down. Stock is 2484MHz DDR, while the GIGABYTE model is 2400MHz DDR. Unlike Galaxy, though, GIGABYTE has tried to combat the lower memory speed by increasing the core clock. We've moved from the stock 648MHz to 660MHz. This has in turn increased the shader clock from 1476MHz to 1505MHz. It's not a huge jump and is hardly enough to really make the model an "OC" one as GIGABYTE name it, but it's an overclock none the less.

 

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