Gainward 285GTX

Great performer!
Author: Toni 'HaoKi' Siik
Published: 05.02.2009
Manufacturer: Gainward
Product Group: Display Adapters
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Gainward 285GTX

As the 285GTX runs for a bit under 400. we thought it would be appropriate to pit it against a couple crossfire setups from AMD, as they cost around as much. The best comparison would be the HD4870X2 as it is AMD single-card solution for the price-range that the 285GTX represents. Unfortunately we don't have one currently, so we'll just have to settle with a HD4870 Crossfire.

All the benchmarks were run with the same setup. The processor was overclocked to 4.05GHz just to make sure that the CPU isn't the bottleneck on the benchmarks. One must remember that the results that we achieved cannot be directly compared to other systems and the achieved overclocks depend greatly on the card. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I'm still working on rerunning some of the benchmarks on the newer drivers, this card is going to be compared with results that were gotten with older drivers. Some of the results may be a little bit different with the newest drivers, but the differences aren't that drastic in most cases.


  • Processor: Intel Core 2 E8500 (9 x 450 MHz)
  • Motherboard: Foxconn Black Ops (Intel X48)
  • Memory: Patriot 1800LLK (1800 MHz 7-7-7-20)
  • Video: Being tested....
  • Sound: Onboard Audio
  • Storage: Western Digital 200 GB
  • Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP-HC1201
  • Chassis: Antec Skeleton (Modded)
  • Cooling: Corsair Nautilus (Modded)


  • Operating system: Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1
  • Drivers: Catalyst 8.9, Catalyst 8.12, GeForce Release 178.4



Gainward 285GTX

The 285GTX does post some nice scores in 3DMark06 beating the single card solution from AMD clearly. It is however left in the dust by both of the Crossfire-setups, that score much higher even if the 285GTX is overclocked. The overclock results in a mere 5% increase in the overall score.

3DMark Vantage 1.0.1

3DMark is a computer benchmark suite by Futuremark Corporation designed to determine the DirectX performance of graphics cards. The full range of 3DMark products ranges are 3DMark99, 3Dmark99 MAX, 3DMark2000, 3DMark2001, 3Dmark2001 SE, 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06 and 3DMark Vantage. Every new edition of 3DMark uses the latest in 3D technology to deliver objective and forward-looking measurements for real world performance.

This time we have chosen to run both the performance- and extreme-settings with the cards, to find out how well the cards cope with higher resolutions and more demanding graphics.


Gainward 285GTX

Once again the 285GTX beats both the HD4870 and HD4850 clearly, but it just doesn't have the punch to compete with the crossfire setups without being overclocked. After overclocking it comes really close to the HD4850 Crossfire that is being run at the stock speeds. The HD4850 setup consists of two Gainward/Palit HD4850s that are clocked at 700/1100 at stock.


Gainward 285GTX

When the settings are cranked to the Extreme. The 285GTX starts showing its true colors, as it ties the HD4850 Crossfire setup even at stock speeds. When overclocked it comes a bit closer to the HD4870-setup, but it doesn't come close to beating it just yet.

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