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Fast and Furious - GeForce GTX 285 Duel

Fast and Furious - GeForce GTX 285 Duel



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MSI N285GTX-T2D1G-OC Super 1GB GDDR3

First up is MSI's insanely overclocked N285GTX-T2D1G-OC Super (henceforth known as N285GTX-OC). Of the two cards on hand here, it has higher clock speeds and should therefore, barring any major hiccups, be the faster of the two. It comes out of the box clocked at 720MHz at the core, 2600MHz DDR at the memory and 1566MHz at the shaders. The substantial bumps in clock speeds should also see the MSI N285GTX-OC comfortably outperforming a reference GeForce GTX 285.

These were what the MSI N285GTX-OC came with:

  • Driver CD
  • Quick installation guide
  • A copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 game
  • 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
  • 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter
  • 2 x Molex to 6-pin PCIe power connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF cable
  • 1 x S/Video out
  • 1 x HDTV cable

ASUS ENGTX285 TOP 1GB GDDR3

Like any GTX 200 series card, the ASUS ENGTX285 TOP looks no difference from its abovementioned MSI counterpart, save for the sticker on the cooler. Underneath though, the ASUS is more conversatively clocked. Overclocked it is, but "only" at 670MHz at the core, 2600MHz DDR at the memory and 1550MHz at the shaders. With exception of the core clock speeds, the ASUS ENGTX285 TOP is pretty much on par with the MSI N285GTX-OC.

The ASUS ENGTX285 TOP came with the following:

  • Driver CD
  • A copy of ASUS GamerOSD utility
  • Quick installation guide
  • An ASUS leather mousepad
  • 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
  • 1 x S/PDIF cable
  • 1 x HDTV cable