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Old 01-15-09, 01:22 PM   #13
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Between the lower power requirements and the slight speed increase it looks like a decent card but they aren't going to sell too many of them at $379 if the 280 is dropping to $300 or less. If this card was $300 it'd probably sell like crazy though.
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Old 01-15-09, 01:35 PM   #14
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Between the lower power requirements and the slight speed increase it looks like a decent card but they aren't going to sell too many of them at $379 if the 280 is dropping to $300 or less. If this card was $300 it'd probably sell like crazy though.
If the card was $300 I would pick one up this min.
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Old 01-15-09, 02:04 PM   #15
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I was about to get a new PSU with 8 pins power connectors... The 285 uses 2x6 pins, just like my 8800.
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Old 01-15-09, 02:09 PM   #16
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If the card was $300 I would pick one up this min.
And I'd do a stepup. It'd only cost me $50.
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I would step-up to the 285 from my 280's but only one problem. EVGA does not allow me to step-up my SSC280 to a SSC285. I can only step-up to a Vanilla 285 reference clocked version.

Step-up was the whole reason I paid a little extra for an EVGA card
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£344 here in rip off UK.
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Old 01-16-09, 06:39 AM   #19
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Looking for an eVGA GTX 285 SSC or FTW in Europe (with availability). Any help ?
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Old 01-16-09, 06:54 AM   #20
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£344 here in rip off UK.
Available for less that £300 if you look around ( Zotac @ ebuyers ).
Still too much for me.... needs to come down to £240-250.
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So it consumes more power despite being 55nm, and its price/performance ratio is lower than the 280 and the 4870X2...

well I know what my upgrade won't be.
Depending on which review you read, the majority of reviews show that a stock clocked 285 consumes just slightly less power than a stock clocked 280 and that's taaking into consideration that the stock clocks on the 285 are considerably higher than a 280. One review even underclocked a 285 to the same speed a stock clock 280 just to show the reduced power consumption and heat. The 285 is a cut above the 280 in EVERY way except price/performance simply because many 280's have been reduced in price to clear old stock.

As for the 4870x2, it's faster and has a better price/performance ratio BUT, some people simply don't like dual GPU's regardless of Crossfire or SLI. That being said, the 285 has no compeition right now in it's price range if you want a single GPU. The 4870x2 is a great card for the new price of $449, but ATI's drives have been hit or miss this past year. The 8.12's are fantastic, but it took almost a half year to get them right. ATI just seems a little slower to fix their issues than Nvidia here recently.
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I would step-up to the 285 from my 280's but only one problem. EVGA does not allow me to step-up my SSC280 to a SSC285. I can only step-up to a Vanilla 285 reference clocked version.

Step-up was the whole reason I paid a little extra for an EVGA card
You would still come out ahead as the 285 will overclock higher than the 280 SSC and consume less power and run cooler doing it. However, I wouldn't pay very much to step up for such a minimal return unless you're just dying to use your step-up.
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You would still come out ahead as the 285 will overclock higher than the 280 SSC and consume less power and run cooler doing it. However, I wouldn't pay very much to step up for such a minimal return unless you're just dying to use your step-up.
That is exactly what I was thinking. If you can not beat them, join them. In my situation, step-up to the GTX285 SLI vanilla will only cost me shipping.

Reasons I decided to proceed:

1) Vanilla has faster memory and shader than SSC GTX280's.
2) Extra memory bandwidth will help with my monitor upgrade plans.
3) Thermal/power management aspects are better than SSC GTX280's.
4) Due to the 55nm design, I might get lucky and get two good overclocking cards.
5) If I ever decided to go tri-sli, my GTX280's would not be compatible with GTX285's if stock issues of SSC GTX280's become a problem, I would be SOL.
6) I have step-up, it will expire, might as well use it.

Out of the box, not much of an increase in performance. Core is same speed, 5% increase in shader clocks, 7% increase in memory clocks. The possibilities of a higher gains depends on how well they will overclock. It is a free gamble. Well, the costs of shipping to be exact.


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£344 here in rip off UK.
OCuK curretly have 280's for £189.99+vat...
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