Tuesday, September 1st 2009

EVGA Rolls out 4-way SLI Compatible GeForce GTX 285 Accelerator

ASUS stirred up the enthusiast community recently with its dual-GeForce GTX 285 accelerator that for the first time, lets four fully-loaded G200b GPUs function in quad-SLI. Perhaps responding to it, EVGA rolled out the EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Classified (01G-P3-1190-AR), the first single-GPU GeForce accelerator to support 4-way SLI (or Quad-SLI). With a small but significant number of SLI-compatible motherboards with four PCI-Express x16 slots already out there, EVGA hopes to cash in with its newest product.

The GeForce GTX 285 Classified sticks to reference NVIDIA clock speeds of 648/1242 MHz (core/memory), while leaving it to the user to overclock it, by providing a number of design enhancements. It also sticks to having 1 GB of memory. To begin with, this card features a full 8-phase digital-PWM power design, and makes use of high-grade components such as film capacitors. It draws power from three 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. Voltage measure points for VPLL, DRAM VDDQ, DRAM VDD, and VGPU are nucleated in a convenient location for easy measurements. The card supports EVGA's EVbot device that provides control over the card's parameters in the hands of the user. The EVbot can be directly plugged in to the card. Finally, the card supports 4-way SLI. At this point what its SLI bridge looks like is not known, but hopefully it's provided with the card or the EVGA's newest motherboard. It has been listed on the company store for US $379.99, currently on pre-order.
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21 Comments on EVGA Rolls out 4-way SLI Compatible GeForce GTX 285 Accelerator

#3
random
omg i swear they also have the coolest more aesthetically pleasing coolers.

evga pwnts sapphire imo.
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#4
Sihastru
Next will be the GTX295 Classified with four 8-pin and six 6-pin power connectors, because it looks faster then the normal one...

In order to get SLI from this GTX285 you need a PSU with SIX 6-pin (6+2 included) power connectors for dual card sweetness, and you need NINE 6-pin (6+2 included) power connectors for triple SLI action.

Was this really needed, wasn't 8+6 on the list of things to try? The marketing department doesn't like things that don't come in threes?!
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Fantastic card, but why are manufacturers bringing out top-end cards at premium prices when the next generation is just round the corner? :confused: I'm thinking of the Asus ROG MARS here - that limited edition card that costs over a grand.

These products are aimed at tech-savvy buyers who'll keep their money in their wallet until the next gens are availabe, which will blow these away.
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#6
MRCL
EVGA would be marketing geniouses if they would quietly slip in a PSU that can handle this quad-SLI madness....
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#8
tkpenalty
afaik GTX 285 uses less power than a 4890 and 4870
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#9
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
by: tkpenalty
afaik GTX 285 uses less power than a 4890 and 4870
They use very close to the same, so there are quiet a few PSU's that can handle it.
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
3 6-pins is stupid, and nothing more than BS marketting. They provide the same amount of power as a 6-pin and an 8-pin.
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#12
OnBoard
by: newtekie1
3 6-pins is stupid, and nothing more than BS marketting. They provide the same amount of power as a 6-pin and an 8-pin.
Yep, not to mention that there are loads of PSUs with 6+8 pin leads and none with 3x6pin :) Well I think they did this mostly so that people who don't need this won't buy this. Those that do already have PSUs with too many PCI-E power plugs.

Another thing would be one more cable that you have to hide. Maybe they budle an 8pin to 2x6pin adapter with these cards :p
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#13
tigger
I'm the only one
For some people,it will mean a new psu if they buy these,so even more expense.
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#14
trt740
Overkill has new name EVGA and I like overkill:laugh:
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#15
LittleLizard
holy crap. that thing should overclock like mad
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#16
extrasalty
Why is 285 double the price of 260? For the extra 24 shaders? And they wonder why ATI is eating their market share...:nutkick:
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#17
SystemViper
Damn, I got to get me a few lotto tickets, so i can get 4 of these and that 27 slot Classified. Just think, get all 4 cards and that board and you can prob buy your way into some sweet records :rockout::banghead::roll::twitch:
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#19
SystemViper
looks like the big boyz get all the good stuff first :pimp:
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#20
Wile E
Power User
by: newtekie1
3 6-pins is stupid, and nothing more than BS marketting. They provide the same amount of power as a 6-pin and an 8-pin.
Actually, no. 8pin leads only add 2 grounds. They don't even add any more 12v power sources. 3 8 pins and 3 6 pins are both capable of the same power output. So 3x6's are technically capable of more than a 6+8.
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#21
OnBoard
Beside the Quad-SLI support, the new GTX 285 Classified also need three 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors. According to the EVGA's web site, additional power input is used for Extreme OC, so we guess that it could work with the regular two, as long as you don't overclock it. -Fudzilla

Didn't find that on the page my self, but makes sense. But did find this:
Individualized heatsinks; installing 3rd Party Coolers is a Snap!

That's nice, stick in just the Accelero Extreme GTX 280 cooler there and it's ready to go :)
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