6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 14, 2009 7:57 AM by Harm Millaard

    GTX 285

    tclark513 Level 3

      I was thinking of picking up a GTX 285 (For the future Mercury Playback Engine) and wanted to get some opinions on which one might be best.

      They have some different specs and was wondering on which ones are more important speed wise.


      Here is a link to the models I am considering...

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000048&Description=gtx%20285 &name=Desktop%20Graphics%20%2f%20Video%20Cards


      Any opinions would be great...



        • 1. Re: GTX 285
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          From clock speed alone, my preference would be the EVGA Classified (1190), but it only has 1 GB memory and this is where MPE is still unclear: Does it profit more from the higher clock speed or does it compensate that with 2 GB installed and is clock speed no longer the overriding factor? I just don't know. If memory is more important for MPE, the 1185 may be more attractive. BTW, why does one card support DirectX 10 and the other OpenGL 3.0? Do not both cards support all these? I would check that with Newegg/nVidia.

          • 2. Re: GTX 285
            Chuck A. McIntyre Level 3

            Unless you are talking about a new system build, I would consider staying with your current card.  In our office we're waiting until the Mercury product becomes available before buying new cards. As I'm sure you know, a war raging between ATI and Nvidia. Great for us consumers because the prices continue to fall.  It's tough to predict... Mercury available along with CS5 in March 2010?


            I think there will be lower prices and a better card available by the time we can buy Mercury. That's just my gut feeling.

            • 3. Re: GTX 285
              Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

              I agree that you should not now buy now for CS5.  For instance when CS5 comes out maybe they will support the GTX 295 which for roughly $100 more doubles the number of GPU processors for CUDA over the GTX 285.  I would suspect that this is the predomient performace determining item more than a slight increase in processor speed and/or memory.

              • 4. Re: GTX 285
                Powered by Design Level 4

                I agree its better to wait till CS5 comes out and we know what the MPE will take.


                Also since were waiting nVidia has new stuff coming soon too.




                It will have DirectX 11


                Since the MPE will use more GPU maybe the new fermi cards will be better.


                Right now were all just dreaming of CS5  ( and that it works like the DEMO that Dave put on )



                Enjoy:  Glenn

                • 5. Re: GTX 285
                  Chuck A. McIntyre Level 3

                  Looks like a killer product Glenn.


                  I wonder if the ECC support in the FERMI indicates that Nvidia will recommend we transition to Xeon processors which support ECC memory for stable operation?  When you start tossing Red files around like pencil-necked geeks, the probability of errors will increase.

                  • 6. Re: GTX 285
                    Harm Millaard Level 7

                    Wait a little more for the GTX-380 and GTX-360 to hit the market and give preference to memory size over clock speed. These cards are supposed to perform better than the ATI HD58xx/59xx.