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BFG Technologies Announces Full Line of Factory-Overclocked GeForce GTX 285 Graphics

BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 285 line of graphics cards in four factory overclocked versions; OC, OC+, OC2, and OCX.

BFG’s GeForce GTX 285 factory overclocked graphics cards provide 240 processing cores and over 50% more performance than prior generations. These superfast cards tear through complex DirectX 10 environments and cinematic effects at ultra fast frame rates. This extra processing power combined with BFG’s rock-solid factory overclocking provides end users with enthusiast-class performance and the protection of a lifetime warranty.

GeForce GTX 285 Hits Stores Today

NVIDIA's newest release, the GeForce GTX 285 goes on sale starting today. The graphics card was announced earlier this month along with NVIDIA's flagship GeForce GTX 295 graphics card, choosing CES as an ideal launch platform. Leading NVIDIA add-in card partners such as ASUS, BFGTech, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, XFX and Zotac, etc., put their base-model and factory-overclocked cards on sale, starting from US $379.99 for the XFX base-model, all the way up to $429.99 for the EVGA SSC model, in the US.

The GeForce GTX 285 replaces GeForce GTX 280 as the fastest single-GPU graphics card. It is NVIDIA's second-fastest graphics accelerator, sporting 240 shader cores and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 512-bit wide memory bus. Essentially it resembles the GeForce GTX 280, except for the newer 55nm manufacturing process it's built on, the higher reference clock-speeds, and reduced power-consumption.

ZOTAC Unveils Next-Generation GTX 200 Series Video Cards

ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the latest series of GeForce GTX 200 graphics cards – the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 285 AMP! Edition. The new ZOTAC GeForce GTX 285 and GTX 285 AMP! Edition are the epitome of single GPU performance, delivering greater performance efficiency than the last generation.

Inno3D Unleashes GeForce GTX 295 and GTX 285 Graphics Cards

Inno3D are excited to launch 2 unrivaled graphics cards, the Inno3D GeForce GTX 295 and Inno3D GeForce GTX 285 that are built with the 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture and ready for all the advance features of Graphics Plus.

Take your DirectX 10 gaming beyond HD, with the power of Inno3D GeForce GTX 285. Place yourself in the center of the action and experience true gaming cinema in extreme HD (2560x1600) resolutions – all enabled by GeForce 200 series second generation unified architecture, NVIDIA SLI technology, and incredible out-of-the-box performance for the latest games including Far Cry 2, Mirror’s Edge, and Call of Duty: World at War. With over 50% more performance than prior generation GPUs, Inno3D GeForce GTX 285 tear through complex DirectX 10 environments and cinematic effects at blazing frame rates in beyond HD resolutions.

MSI Starts off With Overclocked GeForce GTX 285

Graphics card manufacturers either release entire lineups of products based on a particular GPU on one go, comprising of a base-model sticking to the GPU vendors' reference specifications, all the way up to factory-overclocked cards, or they release base-models first and follow it up with overclocked variants later. MSI did the opposite, with starting its GeForce GTX 285 lineup with a "base-model" that doesn't adhere to reference clock speeds by NVIDIA, but instead, comes slightly overclocked.

The MSI GeForce GTX 285 (model: N285GTX-T2D1G-OC), the company's first entry to its N285GTX series, comes with clock speeds of 680 MHz (core), 1476 MHz (shader) and 2484 MHz (memory). These, against the NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 680/1476/1998 MHz. The GeForce GTX 285, as we know, is based on the G200b graphics processor. It is built on the 55nm manufacturing node of TSMC. It features 240 stream processors and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 512-bit wide memory bus. The MSI N285GTX-T2D1G-OC should make it by January 15.

Source: TechConnect Magazine

NVIDIA Doubles Down In Vegas With Two New High-End GPUs

NVIDIA today launched two new graphics solutions for the enthusiast gamer, the GeForce GTX 295 and the GeForce GTX 285. The GeForce GTX 295 is the world’s fastest dual GPU solution. Featuring the power of two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 GPUs on a single card, the GeForce GTX 295 delivers unrivaled graphics performance in the hottest games including Far Cry 2, Mirror’s Edge, and Call of Duty 5: World at War.

The GeForce GTX 285 is the world’s most powerful single GPU, delivering 30% faster performance than competing single GPU solutions, and tearing through complex DirectX 10 environments at blazing frame rates in extreme HD resolutions.

Manli Unveils GeForce GTX 295 and GTX 285 Graphics Cards

Manli Technology, a leading manufacturer of Graphics cards and Motherboards in Hong Kong today launched their next generation graphics cards, the Manli GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. The Manli GeForce GTX 295 is equipped with a whopping 480 stream processors. It also comes with 1792 MB GDDR3 memory and a 896-bit memory interface at a GPU clock speed of 576 MHz while the Manli GTX 285 is equipped with 240 stream processors, comes with 1 GB GDDR3 memory and a 512-bit memory interface at a GPU clock speed of 648 MHz. Furthermore, to deliver the Graphics Plus idea, both graphics cards offer world-class graphics performance plus GPU—accelerated NVIDIA CUDA, PhysX gaming effects, and stereoscopic 3D support, along with PureVideoHD for video and image processing.

ASUS Launches New Range Of GeForce GTX 295 & GTX 285 Graphics Cards

ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the world’s fastest dual and single GPU graphics cards incorporating the latest generation of NVIDIA GPUs—the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285 chipsets; with the ASUS ENGTX295, ENGTX285 ULTIMATE, and ENGTX285 TOP graphics cards. With an outstanding 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score of 9126, the ENGTX295 leads the pack as the world’s fastest graphics card; while the ASUS ENGTX285 ULTIMATE and ENGTX285 TOP deliver 10% and 5% improvements respectively in gaming experiences when compared to reference designed boards. Furthermore, in order to show that ASUS cares for all gamers, both the ASUS ENGTX295 and ENGTX285 Series graphics cards will come bundled with a special coupon to obtain up to $25 or 10% off on a total of 5 games or CUDA applications at the NZONE webpage.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 and GeForce GTX 295 Launch Dates Announced

It's time for some new information, provided by our colleagues over at OCWorkBench. As reported by them NVIDIA is preparing to launch its new GeForce GTX 285 card on January 15th, while the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 295 is planned to debute on January 8th, during the first day of CES 2009. These two video cards will be NVIDIA's future top performing products. We're already familiar with the specs of GeForce GTX 285. It will be based on a 55nm production node with 183W TDP, and will have reference clock speeds of 648MHz for the core, 1476MHz for the shaders, and 1100MHz (x2) for the memory. On the other side, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 is a dual PCB, dual GPU card, that will beat the mighty ATI Radeon 4870 X2. Some of the facts that we already know include: 2x GPUs with a total of 480 shader processors, 1792MB memory (896MB per GPU), 576MHz core frequency, 1242MHz shader frequency, 999MHz DDR3 memory frequency, and Quad-SLI support. That's all folks, put aside some $ for next week.

Source: OCWorkBench

GeForce GTX 285 from Gigabyte Appears in Hong Kong

Though no official information from NVIDIA has been released on the GeForce GTX 285, through leaks over the past month we know that this is a 55nm version of the GTX280. Although the 55nm GTX 260 has kept its name, it seems that the same cannot be said of the GTX 280. This Gigabyte card is said to use the same reference clock speeds as seen in the review from which we covered just a few days ago. With a product code of GV-N285-1GH-B, it has 1GB of GDDR3 at 2484 MHz, 240SP's at 1476 MHz and a core at 648 MHz. According to TechConnect the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 has been found with prices as low as $412.8 (€296.3).

Sources: TechConnect , HKEPC

Forceware 185.20 Beta Leaked

In the wake of the new year, NVIDIA's GeForce Forceware drivers have surfaced. While being in a beta stage the 185.20 Forceware provide support for NVIDIA's upcoming products namely the GeForce GTX 295 and GeForce GTX 285. It also introduces ambient occlusion as a standard feature-set to enhance lighting effects, and reflections impacting on the realism. All other GPUs GeForce 6 Series onward are supported as usual. The driver is dated for 12-26-2008. The package includes PhysX system software version 8.11.18. Drivers for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP can be downloaded from the links below. Be cautioned the drivers are unsigned beta versions, the use of which isn't covered by any warranty.

DOWNLOAD: NVIDIA Forceware 185.20 beta for Windows XP (32bit) | Windows Vista (32bit) | Windows XP (64bit) | Windows Vista (64bit)Sources: XFastest, TechConnect Magazine

GeForce GTX 285 Reviewed, Lives-Up to Company Projections

NVIDIA looks to restore the market position it lost to ATI in the past two quarters. Its plans will be spearheaded by the G200b graphics processor, on which are based products that outperform and offer better value than ATI products in its price-bands. The GeForce GTX 280 lost its position as the fastest graphics card to the Radeon HD 4870 X2. While NVIDIA is looking to establish itself as the maker of the fastest grachics card with the dual-G200b based GeForce GTX 295, the Radeon HD 4800 Series faces a two-pronged attack from NVIDIA's products, in which the GeForce GTX 285, will fit in as a sub-$400 product that looks to be "too good for its price to opt for a Radeon HD 4870 X2". The GeForce GTX 285 comes with reference clock-speeds of 648 MHz (core), 1476 MHz (shader) and 2484 MHz (memory).

German website put the GeForce GTX 285 (GeForce GTX 280 overclocked to its specs) through a broad range of games and synthetic benchmarks. Its evaluation found the GeForce GTX 285 living-up to NVIDIA's performance projections when pitted against a GeForce GTX 280, that of increments of roughly 10%. The review was conducted at a set resolution of 1680x1050, with different AA/AF modes.

The full review (in German) can be read here (Google Translated to English).

GeForce GTX 285 Pitted Against GeForce GTX 280

Following the industry-wide launch of the new 55nm GeForce GTX 260, NVIDIA would launch its fastest single-GPU graphics card: the GeForce GTX 285. This card is based on the 55nm G200b core. It has identical specifications to the GeForce GTX 280, except for its higher reference clock speeds, and lower power consumption. Due to these, NVIDIA seems to have given it the "285" number, while the 55nm GTX 260 continues to hold its "260" due to identical reference clock speeds as its 65nm counterparts.

ChipHell sourced two NVIDIA company slides which show some of the specifications of GeForce GTX 285 and its expected level of performance in comparison to the GeForce GTX 280. There is also a little mention about the testing conditions: a Core i7-based machine running 32-bit Windows Vista. Across the various synthetic and real-world gaming tests, the GeForce GTX 285 is rated to perform over 10% faster compared to the GTX 280. In games such as Crysis Warhead, Call of Duty: World at War, and FarCry 2, the leads were below 10%.

Source: ChipHell

NVIDIA to Launch GT300 in Q1 2009?

The tentative release time-frames for upcoming GPUs by NVIDIA and AMD have been seesawing between early 2009 and Q4 2009 for some time now. Industrial sources tell DigiTimes, that NVIDIA will be launching the GT300 graphics processor as early as in Q1 2009. What's even more surprising according to the report, is that the new GPU will be built on the 55nm manufacturing node of its foundry partners.

In related news, NVIDIA will be showcasing its range of products based on the 55nm G200b core at CES 2009, which starts on January 8. The notable products include a dual-GPU card, the GeForce GTX 295, and the single GPU flagship product, the GeForce GTX 285. NVIDIA refused to comment on the report.Source: DigiTimes

GeForce GTX 285 to Lead Single-GPU Pack for NVIDIA

NVIDIA is planning a massive transition of the G200 architecture to the newer 55nm silicon fabrication process. With this, maintaining electrical constraints, the clock speeds of the GPU can be increased to levels that make them highly competitive, while also cutting manufacturing costs. With the newer G200b core running hypothetically cooler, the company is also planning a dual GPU card named the GeForce GTX 295. Its single GPU flagship offering will be called GeForce GTX 285.

While nothing substantially new is on the cards, GeForce GTX 285 has everything that makes it identical to the GTX 280, specifications wise, except for the clock speeds. This is where, NVIDIA gets to take the advantage of the superior electrical and thermal efficiencies of the 55nm core to step up clock speeds and thereby increase performance. While the clock speeds are unknown at this point in time, it is predicted that the new card has a 10% performance increase over the GeForce GTX 280. The card continues to be based on the NVIDIA P891 PCB the current cards use, and hence the GPU gets to use the high-grade power circuitry at its disposal to gain high clock speeds. The power consumption of the new card is pitted at 183W (down from 236W for the GTX 280). The card would need two 6-pin PCI-Express power inputs. The GeForce GTX 285 is slated for January 2009.Source: Expreview
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