XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review :: Bundle

02-25-2009 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Ben Sun
  • Far Cry 2
  • DVI Adapter
  • HDTV Component Adapter
  • 6-pin Y Power Cable
  • DVI to HDMI Adapter
  • SPDIF Cable

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Box


XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Box rear

Box rear

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Inside box

Inside box

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Box laid out

Box laid out

One of the first things that came to mind when viewing the box for the XFX GeForce GTX285 Black Edition card was that it was missing the large box of extras that normally come in. In point of fact the box is only a couple inches longer than the 10.5" card length and almost an inch taller than the card itself. The front of the box lists SLI, 5 Star support and 1GB DDR3 as well as a sticker for the game included.

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Bundle


The rear of the box has the key features of the card listed along with a description of each key feature. There is a picture of the card and a picture of They and PicLens. The left side of the box has XFX's Recommended Requirements. Opening the box we see a tray with the accessories packed on the left side, the driver CD in a sleeve, Far Cry 2, Installation Guide, Quick Install Guide and the Do Not Disturb door hanger. The card itself is packed in a separate black box with a cardboard cutout for the card and the card is covered by an anti-static bag.

XFX decided last year to start bundling games with their video cards. There are several game bundles available including Assassin's Creed and Far Cry 2. This card came with Far Cry 2, the sequel to one of the first DirectX 8.0 games Far Cry. That game was one of the hot games of the Holiday 2008 season and is a good example of the graphics this card can provide as the game makes liberal use of DirectX 10.0 effects throughout.

Hardware-wise, the card came with a HDMI to DVI adapter, allowing you to connect the card to a HDMI monitor or HDTV, a 6-pin Y Power cable to install the card on a system with a older PSU that doesn't have two 6-pin power cables, a SPDIF cable, and a HDTV Component Adapter to connect the video card to a HDTV. This is a comprehensive bundle that takes full advantage of the card allowing the card to have multiple monitors from a variety of sources including VGA, HDMI and DVI.

XFX offers a Double Lifetime Warranty with their cards. What this means is, you can sell your card at a future date to another person and they will get the same Warranty as you as long as they register the card with XFX. XFX says that they will repair and service the GeForce 6 series or greater card as long as you live. They also offer 24/7 Technical Support for those that need help with their new card. XFX uses NVIDIA standard drivers for their cards. NVIDIA releases a new driver on their own schedule, with the latest being 182.06 used in this review.

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review PhysX


XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Test settings

Test settings

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Color


Temperatures taken at idle with the GeForce GTX 285 were around 42C, not a bad temperature for a large chip such as the GTX 285. The average temperature of the GTX 280 which this card replaces at idle is about 41C which is only 1C more. The difference being that the XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition is clocked much higher at 690/1572/2600 for the core/shader/memory. Under load, the card registered a maximum temperature of 70C, which again isn't a bad temperature for such a large chip.

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Idle temperature

Idle temperature

XFX GeForce GTX 285 Black Edition Review Stressed maximum temperature

Stressed maximum temperature