Asus GeForce GTX 285 TOP review

Priced at around $350, the new GeForce GTX 285 is in a league of its own, meaning that ATI has no direct competitor for it. That doesn't guarantee a good value, so it will be interesting to see if the extra performance offered by the GTX 285 justifies the $150 premium you will have to pay over a GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4870, or perhaps if it's worth spending even more on a dual-GPU 4870 X2 or GTX 295 that sell for an additional $100 and $150, respectively.

The particular Asus card that we are reviewing (referred to as ENGTX285 TOP by the manufacturer) should deliver a little more performance than your typical GeForce GTX 285 considering it's a factory overclocked model. This may also translate in a higher retail price, likely in the $400 ballpark.

Our performance comparison will put this Asus GTX 285 graphics card against ATI's top offerings, the original GeForce GTX 280, the GTX 260 and the dual-GPU GTX 295.

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And the number of GPUs each card has (4870x2 and GTX 285) means diddly-squat, considering that both cards chew up the same amount of in-case real-estate regardless. The GTX 285 TOP has, however, much larger problems staring it in the face.

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Both are single-GPU cards, both are from ASUS, and even the most expensive of the two is $150 less than the GTX 285 TOP. For any graphics card, it remains about bang-for-the-buck, and as it stands, Team Red is still leaving Little Green Bits And Pieces Behind.