It is a widespread opinion among PC enthusiasts and devoted gamers that a graphics card upgrade must be accompanied with an upgrade of the whole platform in order to provide enough CPU power to the graphics subsystem so that the latter didn’t stay idle. As a matter of fact, this opinion is oftener proved to be wrong in practice than confirmed by tests. And I am going to check this out again in today’s review because I’ve got two new graphics cards from XFX, the fastest single-processor GeForce GTX 285 and the fastest dual-processor GeForce GTX 295, and two platforms with quad-core CPUs. So, I will try to find out how important a fast CPU and system memory are for these cards and will also compare them between each other.
XFX GeForce GTX 285 1024MB (GX-285N-ZDFF)
Package and Accessories
The new graphics card is packed into an upright box that shows basic product information on the face side and detailed info on the back.
There is one more box made from thick cardboard inside the external wrapping. The graphics card is fixed within a piece of foam rubber. The following accessories are included into the box:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- 6 → 4-pin power cable
- S-Video → Composite adapter/splitter
- CD disk with graphics card drivers (GeForce 180.87)
- DVD disk with Far Cry 2 game
- User’s manual, marketing booklet and a door tag for the maniac-gamer room