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EVGA 01G-P3-1288-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 1) A solid performer; if you're looking for the fastest single GPU solution currently available, this is your solution. I personally avoid dual gpu/sli configurations, due to their unreliable antialiasing support, frustrating software compatibility constraints, and miscellaneous thermal issues. EVGA's gtx 285 "for the win" edition is impressively fast and easy to install. I was able to successfully overclock my card an additional 5% over factory OC settings, which represents a substantial total OC level when compared to a standard gtx 285.

2) EVGA is one of the best graphics card manufacturers, offering a lifetime warranty, advanced RMA support, and a 90 day "step-up" program for those who wish to upgrade their card within the supplied time window.

3) This product shipped with free gaming software.

Cons: 1) Size: make certain your case has enough space to accomodate the imposing length of this card.

2) Power Consumption: even though the card intelligently "down-clocks" itself when not running intensive applications, this card still places a non-trivial load on your power supply. Ensure your rig can handle the increased energy comsumption.

Other Thoughts: I have strong feelings about factory OC cards. Many claim that it's more cost effective for a consumer to buy the stock-standard gpu, in this case a reference gtx 285, as you avoid paying a premium for a "modest" factory enhancement. I disagree with these folks for two reasons. 1) OC your video card is one of the most simple and straight forward ways of increasing gaming performance. EVGA guarantees their OC cards (e.g. SSC or "for the win" editions) with a warranty which means you are covered if you have any issues at these enhanced speeds. 2) EVGA hand picks the best cards during factory QA tests to populate their OC product lines, which means your SSC or "for the win" edition performed well enough during QA testing to be guaranteed to perform at a higher level. By purchasing one of these factory OC cards, you reduce your risk of receiving a defective or problematic card. You get what you pay for here.

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EVGA 896-P3-1266-AR GeForce GTX 260 FTW Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Excellent performance while using less heat and power than my old 8800gtx.
-More cost effective than the 280
-Card may still be overclocked on top of the factory overclocking

Cons: -Large size...make sure your case can support the length

Other Thoughts: I always buy EVGA because of their great service and support, but with this card I don't think I'll need those attributes. It installed beautifully and has been working properly almost from the start. It overclocks like a champ, and starting with the ***.79 drivers for vista-64, I've had no problems with down-clocking. It runs in reduced power mode when it should, and never lets me down in 3-D mode.

One last note: the "for the win" edition is a good choice because EVGA handpicks the cards that perform well during QA checks for this line. Some argue that it's cheaper and smarter to buy the standard 260 or 280, but I say you're taking a risk with such a decision. When you buy the "for the win" edition, you know it's been tested above and beyond the level of other cards and was chosen because of it's suitability for enhanced factory overclocking. You get what you pay for here folks!

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Display Name: Robert W.

Date Joined: 02/25/06

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 08/01/08
  • Last Review: 03/06/09
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