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Nvidia releases GeForce GTX 285 graphics card

Nvidia releases GeForce GTX 285 graphics card

Following its unveiling at CES, Nvidia has released the GeForce GTX 285 graphics card today.

Nvidia has today released the GeForce GTX 285, a card it claims is the world's fastest single GPU graphics card.

Normally, we'd have a review online for your viewing pleasure, but we're working through a couple of issues that we hope to get to the bottom of in the next few hours, so stay tuned for our review either later today or first thing in the morning.

The card was unveiled for the first time at CES although the clock speed information we had wasn't final at that point.

It's based on the enhanced 55nm GT200b core that's also featured in the GeForce GTX 295.

Nvidia has set the GTX 285's core, shader and memory clocks to 648MHz, 1,476MHz and 2,484MHz (effective) respectively - this translates into a ten percent performance increase almost right across the board (when GPU limited) compared to a reference clocked GeForce GTX 280 in our games test suite.

Pricing is expected to hit around the £300 to £320 mark, but we haven't had final confirmation yet - check your favourite retailer for the latest pricing and stay tuned for our comprehensive review a little later. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the announcement in the forums.

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naokaji 15th January 2009, 15:40 Quote
Overpriced.

Other than that, nothing much to complain about.
Floyd 15th January 2009, 15:47 Quote
Dont we wish new GPUs were cheaper :(

Oh well. Ill pick up peoples used 280s now for dirt cheap.
harveypooka 15th January 2009, 15:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
Overpriced.

Other than that, nothing much to complain about.

I complain that it has a dragon decal on it.
DarkLord7854 15th January 2009, 15:50 Quote
Hopefully price drop will happen on the GTX280 soon so I can do a step-up of my 260 and get the 280 for not much more :D
Gunsmith 15th January 2009, 16:44 Quote
overpriced?

flagships used to gofor 350 ish before the 8800GTX broke the market.
Mcmonopoly 15th January 2009, 16:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Hopefully price drop will happen on the GTX280 soon so I can do a step-up of my 260 and get the 280 for not much more :D

I was able to grab a BFG Tech 280 GTX OC for ~350 CAN including all taxes and shipping last week due to massive instant rebates and mail in rebates!!

Pretty sweet deal!
NightrainSrt4 15th January 2009, 17:33 Quote
Nice! Hopefully they will be sticking with 55nm now, and make strong push ahead. They've been playing around with 55nm for mid/high cards while their top of the lines have been bruteforcing it with the older process.

On the other hand, my eVGA GTX280 Superclocked arrived on my doorstep yesterday afternoon for $191USD after my 20$ evga rebate. So I'm happy either way.
Goty 15th January 2009, 20:03 Quote
The GTX285 is a useless product. Considering the lack of power savings and the fact that it still slots in the exact same place as the GTX280 performance-wise (between the GTX260/HD 4870 and the HD 4870X2), this product does nothing more than save NVIDIA a little money and is a complete waste for consumers.
Jasio 15th January 2009, 20:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
The GTX285 is a useless product. Considering the lack of power savings and the fact that it still slots in the exact same place as the GTX280 performance-wise (between the GTX260/HD 4870 and the HD 4870X2), this product does nothing more than save NVIDIA a little money and is a complete waste for consumers.

That seems to summarize nVidia's general strategy for the past 3 years.
Redbeaver 15th January 2009, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
The GTX285 is a useless product. Considering the lack of power savings and the fact that it still slots in the exact same place as the GTX280 performance-wise (between the GTX260/HD 4870 and the HD 4870X2), this product does nothing more than save NVIDIA a little money and is a complete waste for consumers.

if it's 10% faster for the same price as 280, and 280 drops 10% in price.... well... thats called progress.....
Goty 16th January 2009, 01:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Redbeaver
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goty
The GTX285 is a useless product. Considering the lack of power savings and the fact that it still slots in the exact same place as the GTX280 performance-wise (between the GTX260/HD 4870 and the HD 4870X2), this product does nothing more than save NVIDIA a little money and is a complete waste for consumers.

if it's 10% faster for the same price as 280, and 280 drops 10% in price.... well... thats called progress.....

... and then the 280 disappears from the market. Like I said, the GTX285 is a pointless product for consumers.
naokaji 16th January 2009, 01:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
overpriced?

flagships used to gofor 350 ish before the 8800GTX broke the market.

Yes, but the Flagships are now the 4870x2 and the 295.
The 4870x2 can be had for 320£ + vat, the 285 for 285 + vat, thats only 35£ less.
Gunsmith 16th January 2009, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunsmith
overpriced?

flagships used to gofor 350 ish before the 8800GTX broke the market.

Yes, but the Flagships are now the 4870x2 and the 295.
The 4870x2 can be had for 320£ + vat, the 285 for 285 + vat, thats only 35£ less.

i havent followed the market since the GTX as tbh everything released after has been subjected to nvidias crap market re hashing strategy.
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