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Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP!

This product comes in Zotac’s classic packaging: an upright box made from thick cardboard with a translucent window in the front panel. The box is painted the corporate black-yellow-orange using a cell pattern. It looks cure enough. Besides the window, there is a picture of a dragon on the face side of the box:

Besides, there is basic information about the product’s characteristics, particularly the amount of graphics memory and factory overclocking. The stickers indicate that the box contains copies of the racing simulator Race Driver: GRID and the popular benchmarking suite Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Advanced. This version of 3DMark Vantage only differs from Professional Edition in the licensing conditions that do not allow its commercial usage. There is one more sticker on the right side of the box that lists a detailed specification of the graphics card except for the frequency of its shader processors. This seems to be a trifle, yet it is most helpful for the customer. It is sad that many other manufacturers neglect such trifles.

The quality and protective properties of the packaging are very good. The interior of the box is occupied by a foam-rubber tray with cutouts for the graphics card and its accessories. The tray is additionally covered with a transparent plastic cap from above. The Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! comes with the following set of accessories:

  • DVI-I → D-Sub adapter;
  • DVI-I → HDMI adapter;
  • Two 2x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapters;
  • S/PDIF connecting cable;
  • Brief installation manual;
  • User’s manual;
  • Brand name logo sticker for the system case;
  • CD disk with drivers and utilities;
  • CD disk with Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Advanced;
  • DVD disk with Race Driver: GRID game.

The accessories are up to the product class. Besides the required necessities, the box includes a nice bonus: Race Driver: GRID and 3DMark Vantage.

Graphics card makers have begun to supply exclusive overclocking tools for their products. Zotac offers one, too. Besides the drivers, the included disc contains the Firestorm utility that is similar in purpose to EVGA’s and ASUS’s overclocking tools. Its interface looks like follows:

Besides controlling the frequencies of the GPU and memory, the utility can control the speed of the fan, create profiles with settings and keep track of the GPU temperature. There is nothing extraordinary in this tool, just like in most other such programs from other manufacturers, but it does its job well enough. Some people may find it even easier and simpler to use than the more advanced and multifunctional, but also more difficult, RivaTuner.

The first impression about the Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! is all positive. Its packaging looks nice and protects the card well. The accessories include nice bonuses: Race Driver: GRID and 3DMark Vantage.

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