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Just in case you’ve forgotten, the new GTX 280 is called the GTX 285 and its GT200 GPU got a die shrink and was remanufactured in 55nm. This led to significant improvements on the fields of consumption and overclocking potential. The GT200 didn’t change much throughout the transition from 65nm (GTX 280) to 55nm (GTX 285), but it did get higher reference clocks than its predecessor. GTX 280 runs at 602MHz whereas the GTX 285 comes reference clocked at 648MHz. XFX on the other hand decided to push the card even further and launched its GTX 285 Black Edition, and the name itself says that this card is a force to be reckoned with. Its GPU runs at 690MHz, the memory at 1300MHz (2646MHz effectively) and the shaders at 1572MHz. Of course, we can’t forget that you’ll also get a nice freebie - Far Cry 2.
The GTX 285 is the fastest single-GPU Geforce card. It packs 240 stream processors which provide excellent gaming performance as well as CUDA supported apps that use the GPU for data processing. Also featured on the card is PhysX technology, which is commonly found in Nvidia’s Geforce 8th and 9th generations.
XFX GTX 285 Black Edition card is still one of the best cards around and it packs more than enough for gaming galore. Unfortunately, the fact that this card is one of the best cards we’ve tested is somewhat overshadowed by the fact that this is a DirectX 10 card. XFX GTX 285 Black Edition is priced at around €275 and you can find it here.
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