Performance in Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks
The GeForce GTX 285 is not much better than the GTX 280 in 3DMark06, but this should have been expected considering the configuration of our new testbed and the default settings of this benchmark. So, we have to acknowledge once again that 3DMark06 is no good for benchmarking modern top-performance graphics hardware, even though we can observe a performance growth in the SM2.0 group of tests.
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
We minimize the CPU’s influence by using the Extreme profile (1920x1200, 4x FSAA and anisotropic filtering). We also publish the results of the individual tests across all display resolutions to provide a full picture.
The new card is much better than the GeForce GTX 280 in this test: the pre-overclocked EVGA scores 1000 points more. The ordinary GeForce GTX 285 also brings about a nice performance boost, especially as its only difference from the predecessor is in the GPU and memory clock rates.
The speed of the G200-based cards grows up linearly irrespective of the resolution, and even the junior model of the series is far faster than the Radeon HD 4870 1GB or Radeon HD 4850 X2. We have already noted the odd behavior of the latter card in 3DMark Vantage in one of our earlier reports.
The GeForce GTX 285 is not superior in the second test, even though the pre-overclocked version from EVGA overtakes the Radeon HD 4850 X2. The reference version is somewhat behind its opponent.