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HWM+HardwareZone.com Editor's Choice Tech Awards - Part 1

HWM+HardwareZone.com Editor's Choice Tech Awards - Part 1


Best High-end NVIDIA Graphics Card

Best High-end NVIDIA Graphics Card

3D is all the rage these days, thanks to a recent boom in 3D movies. And while ATI's latest Evergreen series of graphics cards is undoubtedly fast and feature-packed, ATI does not have a 3D solution. NVIDIA, on the other hand, offers true 3D gaming by way of its innovative GeForce 3D Vision kit.

Now NVIDIA might be reeling from their inability to push out its next-generation DirectX 11 compatible Fermi cards, but if 3D gaming is what you want, there's still only NVIDIA to turn to. And amongst all of NVIDIA offerings, the GeForce GTX 285 stands tallest and proudest. After all, it was once the fastest single chip graphics card in the world, and even today, it is by no means slow.

On that note, in our hunt for the best high-end GeForce GTX 285 graphics card, we'll be turning our attention towards some of the biggest names in the hardware industry.

Nominees

  • ASUS GTX285 Matrix
  • Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition
  • MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC
  • Palit GeForce GTX 285
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! Edition

And the Winner is

With so many big names, the competition was indeed intense, but our overall pick of the bunch has to be the impressive Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition. In stock form, it might not be as quick as the aggressively factory-overclocked Zotac card, but thanks to its massive cooler, we were able to push it the furthest in our overclocking tests. Additionally, in terms of operating temperatures, it was by far the coolest. But the ultimate deal sweetener is its price. At around S$469, only the Palit card is more affordable, but considering what the Galaxy card offers, we think it is a real steal.

Scoring Breakdown
Graphics Cards / Ratings ASUS GTX285 Matrix Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC Palit GeForce GTX 285 Zotac GeForce GTX 285 AMP! Edition
Performance 7.0 9.5 8.5 7.5 8.5
Features 8.0 9.0 8.5 8.0 7.5
Value 6.0 9.0 7.5 8.0 8.5
Overall 6.5 9.5 8.5 7.5 8.0
Price S$609 S$469 S$599 S$449 S$523

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.