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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M is a high-end graphic card of the 200M series based on the G92b core and most similar to the Desktop GeForce 9800 GTX+. Therefore the 285M cannot be directly compared to the Desktop GTX 285. The chip is produced in a 55nm fabrication process, which is a step up from the 65nm process of the GTX 9800M. Its 128 pipelines are all enabled as well, as opposed to only 112 pipelines of the GTX 9800M. Compared to the GTX 280M, the GTX 285M features a slightly higher clock speed and is therefore only marginally faster (3-6% on average).

An innovation in the 200M series is the much accelerated switch times if using Hybrid Power (lower than 1 second compared to 7 seconds at the 9800M GTX).

Similar to all other cards with native DirectX 10 capabilities, the GeForce GTX 285M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". In other words, there are no longer any more dedicated pixel shaders or vertex shaders. Instead, new stream processors (128 of them in the 285M) now process most of the heavy graphics loading that would have otherwise been done by dedicated pixel and vertex shaders. In fact, the shader units are clocked higher than the core chip itself.

As previously mentioned, the GTX 285M is about 3-6% faster than the GTX280M due to slightly higher clock speeds. This means that notebooks equipped with the GTX 285M should run all modern and demanding games (as of 2009) in high details and resolutions. Only very demanding games, like Crysis Warhead or Metro 2033, may become unplayable if at maximum graphical settings.

Games with PhysX support (e.g., Mirror's Edge) may benefit from improved performance out of the 285M. Still, the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 is arguably a faster and better value single core GPU for laptops.

An advantage of the GeForce GTX 285M is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor (VP2). With this software feature, the 285M can assist the CPU in the decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- or WMV9 videos. 

HybridPower is an Nvidia power-saving technology for Windows Vista used for switching between integrated and dedicated graphics cards. In the future, Nvidia wants this switch to occur automatically with drivers (now known as Optimus). GeForceBoost is not supported with the 285M, as there would be no performance gain in combining the integrated GPU with the dedicated video card.  

The power consumption can be up to 75 Watts (if including the MXM board and VRAM). As a result, the 285M is usually reserved for larger desktop replacement (DTR) laptops with powerful cooling solutions.

In June 2010, the GeForce GTX 480M (mobile Fermi) was announced with a revamped architecture compared to the GTX 285M. Compared to the 285M, the Fermi core will support DirectX 11 and offer better performance at the cost of higher power consumption levels and possibly higher heat output. 

If compared to desktop graphics cards, the performance of the 285M can be considered somewhere in between the 9800 GT and the 9800 GTX, the latter of which is clocked considerably higher (675/1675/1100 MHz) in comparison.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 200M Series

GeForce GTX 285M SLI

256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz

GeForce GTX 280M SLI

256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz

GeForce GTX 260M SLI

224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz

GeForce GTX 280M

128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz

GeForce GTX 260M

112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
CodenameN10E-GTX1
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines128 - unified
Core Speed *576 MHz
Shader Speed *1500 MHz
Memory Speed *1020 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistors754 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD (VP2), CUDA, PhysX ready
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement02.03.2009
InformationMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 6438      avg: 6521.3 (14%)     median: 6498 (14%)     max: 6628 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 12840      avg: 13235.3 (35%)     median: 13137 (34%)     max: 13729 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 18935      avg: 18964.5 (51%)     median: 18964.5 (51%)     max: 18994 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 37372      avg: 37372 (25%)     median: 37372 (25%)     max: 37372 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
54.9 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
53.8 fps  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
52.2 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36.9 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
StarCraft 2
low 1024x768
184 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32.8 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Metro 2033
low 800x600
66.3 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1360x768
40.8 fps  fps      Compare
high 1600x900
21.4 fps  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.7 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
CoD Modern Warfare 2
med. 1024x768
70  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
61.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
43.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen

Risen

2009
med. 1024x768
59.2  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
43.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
30.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Need for Speed Shift
med. 1024x768
75.8  fps      Compare
high 1366x768
65.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
38.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Colin McRae: DIRT 2
med. 1024x768
99.3  fps      Compare
high 1360x768
66.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F.E.A.R. 2
high 1280x1024
89.2  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
47.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
high 1024x768
50.3  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
high 1024x768
46.4  fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
13  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
World in Conflict - Benchmark
low 800x600
126 fps  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
84 fps  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
53 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
high 1024x768
36.5 fps  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

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Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M graphics card

MSI GT660R-i74129BLW7P: Intel Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  Review » Review MSI GT660R Notebook

Cizmo Qi1840: Intel Core i7 720QM, 18.4", 4.9 kg
  External Review » Cizmo Qi1840

MALIBAL Satori: Intel Core i7 820QM, 17.3", 3.9 kg
  External Review » Malibal Satori

MSI GT660: Intel Core i7 620M, 16.0", 3.5 kg
  External Review » MSI GT660

MSI GT660-E6603-454RU: Intel Core i5 460M, 15.6", 3.4 kg
  External Review » MSI GT660-E6603-454RU

MSI GT660R-i74129BLW7P: Intel Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  External Review » MSI GT660R-i74129BLW7P

MSI GT660R-i7468BLW7P: Intel Core i7 740QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  External Review » MSI GT660R-i7468BLW7P

Viewsonic ViewBook VNB155: Intel Core i3 330M, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  External Review » Viewsonic ViewBook VNB155

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
Radeon R6 M255DX
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
Mali-T760 MP6
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
Mali-T760 MP2
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)