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EVGA GeForce GTS 285 FTW and Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! Summary

Both these cards are copies of Nvidia’s reference design and feature factory overclocking. Therefore, we can draw similar conclusions about them, at least when it comes to technical specifications and performance. EVGA solution works at slightly higher memory and GPU frequencies, however, they are still not high enough to ensure a visible performance advantage over Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! card in contemporary games. On the other hand, the latter comes bundled with a more attractive set of accessories that includes Race Driver: GRID game and 3DMark Vantage suite.

The choice in this case depends solely on the retail price of these graphics accelerators, so the cheaper card will be a better buy.

Highs:

  • Best gaming performance among single-GPU graphics accelerators;
  • May compete with ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 in some tests;
  • Higher GPU and memory frequencies;
  • Uses 55nm G200 modification;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Minimal effect of enabled FSAA on performance;
  • 240 ALU, 80 texturing units, 32 RBE;
  • PhysX acceleration support in the GPU;
  • Hardware HD-video decoding support;
  • S/PDIF sound over HDMI;
  • Relatively low power consumption and heat dissipation;
  • Relatively low level of generated noise;
  • Rich accessories bundle (by Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP!).

Lows:

  • No DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
  • Incomplete hardware support of VC-1 decoding;
  • No integrated sound core;
  • Modest overclocking potential.

Asus EAH4890 and EAH4890 TOP Summary

The representatives of Asus EAH4890 lineup, just like the previously reviewed PowerColor HD4890 Plus, belong to the first generation of Radeon HD 4890 solutions using reference PCB design and cooling system. This way, the only way to win the competition between the first-round players is to offer the best accessories bundle and the highest overclocking potential. Asus EAH4890 and EAH 4890 TOP do not leave PowerColor HD4890 Plus a single chance in the first nomination. However, when it comes to overclocking potential, the PowerColor solution easily outperforms both Asus contestants easily reaching 1GHz GPU and 1200 (4800) MHz memory frequencies. Asus EAH4890 TOP is just a little behind, so PowerColor HD4890 Plus remains a formal winner.

As for Asus EAH4890, it may be a preferable choice for those who are into overclocking, especially, if it retails at a much lower price than EAH4890 TOP.

Highs:

Highs:

  • High performance in contemporary games;
  • Outperforms GeForce GTX 285 in a number of tests;
  • Higher GPU frequency (by EAH4890 TOP);
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Best Edge-detect CFAA in the industry;
  • 1024MB of local video memory onboard;
  • 800 ALU and 40 texture processors;
  • DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1 support;
  • Fully-fledged hardware HD video decoding;
  • High-quality HD video post-processing with scalability;
  • Built-in 8-channel audio controller with HD support;
  • Sound over HDMI;
  • Software control over GPU voltage settings;
  • Excellent overclocking potential (by EAH4890 TOP);
  • Low noise;
  • Comparatively low power consumption;
  • Lower heat dissipation compared with Radeon HD 4870;
  • Rich accessories bundle.

 Lows:

  • No serious drawbacks found.
 
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