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Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition review

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The Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition

Despite the rather over-the-top cooler, the Galaxy GTX 285 AC comes conservatively overclocked. Its clock speeds of 695MHz at the core, 1500MHz at the shaders and 2500MHz DDR at the memory are only a tad above a reference GeForce GTX 285's clocks of 648/1476/2484MHz DDR respectively (core/shaders/mem being the common reporting convention). As such we were expecting more out of this impressive looking card.

The cooler, however, is everything that we've come to expect from cooling specialist Arctic Cooling. The first thing that catches your attention is its triple set of 92mm fans, each of which is responsible for cooling a separate aluminum heatsink array. These heatsink arrays are, in turn, connected to the main heatsink block sitting over the GPU core by the way of five copper heat pipes on a copper base. The fans, despite their large size and there being three of them, were actually very quiet during operating. All things considered, this seems like a very well thought out cooler design - albeit large.

In addition to the monstrous cooler, the card also comes bundled with Galaxy's own XtremeTuner overclocking software. It is a basic overclocking software that allows user to adjust the core, memory and shader clock speeds, as well as fan speeds. It would have been even better if the utility allowed us to tweak the card's voltage settings as well.

The following accessories came with the Galaxy GTX 285 AC:

  • Quick installation guide
  • Driver CD
  • 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
  • 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter
  • 1 x TV-out dongle
  • 1 x SPDIF audio-in cable
  • 1 x Molex to PCIe connector