Gainward GTX285 2048MB GDDR3 Graphics Card
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Ever since the beginning of PC gaming in order to be able to play the latest game title you always needed the latest technology in hardware from the CPU to the Graphics Accelerator. However it wasnt until a few years ago that certain game titles like Crysis appeared that even with the latest system at the time noone was able to play with full eyecandy on and in high resolutions. Even now after quite a few years Crysis is still considered to be amongst the most heavy games when it comes to hardware requirements. But even newest games have high requirements and perhaps the most power hungry of all the latest game titles i have played is the DCS Black Shark and for that reason i will pair it with Crysis in the benchmarks to come later on.
Gainward Co. Ltd was founded in Taipei back in 1984 and their main goal was to produce a variety of PC video enhancement products. In 1989 Gainward starts production of new VGA technology and becomes a major developer for Tseng Labs ASIC in Taiwan. Their USA presence was officialized in 1991 and by 1992 Gainward was ranked Top 1000 Industrial companies in Taiwan. TNC Industrial Co. Ltd. merged with Gainward in 1997 and with that move they became one of the largest graphics cards supplier, shipping more than 2 million boards during the year.In 2000 Gainward establishes their precense in Europe with a new branch in Germany while in 2001 they become an NVIDIA Certified Selection Solution Provider and NVIDIA Launch Partner. Gainward and Palit Microsystem Inc. merge together in 2005 to ensure a higher level of accessibility and the highest possible product quality. In 2006 they introduce a new company logo which they change again in 2008 when they become an AMD authorized partner.
Well since Gainward is a Graphics Card manufacturer the product we have here with us is indeed that, however it is not just a Graphics Card since the model with us today not only features the most powerful single GPU but it also comes with 2GB of DDR3 memory that should give it quite a boost in high resolutions. Also this particular 2GB model comes with the same cooling system as found with the Golden Sample Graphics Cards by Gainward and so the overall cooling must be quite better in comparison with the reference design cooler found in most GTX285 cards. Unfortunately the screen i have on my Primary / Game test rig only goes up to 1920x1200 and so the card will not really show its true potencial, still i expect a few differences in comparison with the plain 1GB model.