ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix
With the graphics pendulum having swung in favour of ATI with the release of their 5000 series lineup, the performance crown resides squarely in AMD’s corner. As we saw in our recent review of the ASUS Radeon EAH5870, it is the top dog in the single-GPU market. But we also know that availability is scarce and prices are steep, not to mention not everyone may want to jump on the ATI bandwagon. And with any release date of Nvidia’s next-gen architecture nowhere to be found, what are the alternatives?
ASUS is one of the few companies that sells both ATI and Nvidia products, and today we’ll be looking at its Nvidia side of things. Perhaps you’re an Nvidia fanboy, perhaps you’re attracted by its PhysX capabilities, or maybe you want monster Folding@Home capabilities; whatever the reason, if Nvidia products appeal to you, then today should strike a chord.
We’re looking at the ASUS GTX 285 Matrix, part of their Republic of Gamers lineup, and it brings a few ASUS-specific features to the table. Like to overclock? Want to adjust voltages without voiding your warranty? Want the fastest single-GPU Nvidia card on the market? Then you’re in for a treat today. But you know the question on your mind is, "How close does it come to their Radeon 5870?" We figured that question would probably come up, so we’ve done the testing and have the answers for you.
Thanks go to our friends at ASUS for supplying us with the review sample.
ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world’s top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading company in the new digital era, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium. The philosophy of ASUS product development is to do the fundamentals well first before moving forward. Started with computer components such as motherboards, graphic cards, and optical storage devices, ASUS now has now over 16 product lines, including desktop barebone systems, servers, notebooks, handhelds, network devices, broadband communications, LCD monitors, TVs, wireless applications, and CPT (chassis, power supply and thermal) products.