Trinity of Fans - Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition

Despite the rather over-the-top cooler, the Galaxy GTX 285 AC comes conservatively overclocked. Its clock speeds of 695MHz at the core, 1500MHz at the shaders and 2500MHz DDR at the memory are only a tad above a reference GeForce GTX 285's clocks of 648/1476/2484MHz DDR respectively (core/shaders/mem being the common reporting convention). As such we were expecting more out of this impressive looking card.

The cooler, however, is everything that we've come to expect from cooling specialist Arctic Cooling. The first thing that catches your attention is its triple set of 92mm fans, each of which is responsible for cooling a separate aluminum heatsink array. These heatsink arrays are, in turn, connected to the main heatsink block sitting over the GPU core by the way of five copper heat pipes on a copper base. The fans, despite their large size and there being three of them, were actually very quiet during operating. All things considered, this seems like a very well thought out cooler design - albeit large.

The highlight of the card has got to be the gargantuan triple-fan Accelero Xtreme cooler.

A reference GeForce GTX 295 is already a very large card, but look at how the Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition dwarves it! Potential buyers should make sure that their casings can accomodate this behemoth of a graphics card.

Strictly speaking, the Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition is not a dual slot card, rather, it is a tri-slot card. Look at how thick it is compared with a reference GeForce GTX 295.

The Accelero Extreme is one hardcore cooler. Each fan actually cools its own individual heatsink array and there are ten copper heat pipes (five on each side) that sticks out from the GPU core, ensuring the quick dissipation of heat.

Take note, a reference GeForce GTX 285 requires two 6-pin PCIe connectors whereas this card requires both a 6 and 8-pin PCIe connector.

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 285 OC with AC Edition has nothing special to offer in terms of video output options, just the usual dual DVI ports and a single 7-pin mini-DIN.

In addition to the monstrous cooler, the card also comes bundled with Galaxy's own XtremeTuner overclocking software. It is a basic overclocking software that allows user to adjust the core, memory and shader clock speeds, as well as fan speeds. It would have been even better if the utility allowed us to tweak the card's voltage settings as well.

This is the XtremeTuner overclocking utility that was bundled with the card. It's pretty basic and it would have been much better if it allowed you to tweak the card's various voltage settings.

The following accessories came with the Galaxy GTX 285 AC:

  • Quick installation guide
  • Driver CD
  • 1 x DVI to VGA adapter
  • 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter
  • 1 x TV-out dongle
  • 1 x SPDIF audio-in cable
  • 1 x Molex to PCIe connector