First up, the fine people from eVGA. Obviously eVGA will introduce several SKUs based of the GeForce GTX 285 as well, ranging from regular editions, to Superclocked SSC editions, which eVGA decided to send in today. An SSC version boils down to a massive overclock and in fact, and I know this sounds a little silly, SSC is short for super super clocked :)
eVGA's SSC card comes with a pretty default hardware bundle. Everything you need is included, including two 6-pin power connector converters, HDMI adapter and SPDIF cable.
The card is obviously reference based, yet is tested and at default overclocked for you.
Core clock: reference 648 MHz | SSC = 702 MHz
Shader clock: reference 1476 | SSC = 1584 MHz
Memory clock: reference 1242 | SSC = 1323 MHz
As you can observe from the clock frequencies, it's the fastest pre-overclocked product available, and I always say .. if you get a product with such clocks, you might as well go with a brand like eVGA, for the reasons explained below:
What is pretty darn cool is that EVGA is offering you a Lifetime Warranty if you reside in the USA and 10 years in Europe (EU legislation) with this graphics card. And at this price-level that's a mighty nice investment, regardless of the standard pre-overclock.
Warranty EVGA will intro this product overclocked for you at default. Yet high-end or not, it comes with the luxuries that they always offer. Inside the USA you'll receive a full life-time warranty, which is just a really nice feature. Outside the US you are limited to 10 years warranty; which is still bloody fantastic. Mind you that if you purchase a EVGA product then please within 30 days register yourself at the EVGA website in order to activate that warranty. This is a new policy recently introduced. Don't forget to do so.
Step-Up program One of the nice things about buying an eVGA product is the ability to trade in your product and buy a better one.
With the Step Up program you are allowed to trade in your eVGA graphics card for a faster EVGA model under the one condition that you upgrade within 90 days of the original card purchase. Youll get the full value of your original card, so if you paid $150 for your old card and you want to upgrade to a $250 card, you merely pay the difference of $100. It's as simple as that. We often read about nasty stories in our forums from people that just invested money in a new card only to find out that four weeks later a new generation product was introduced... which quite frankly that user really wanted to have. So now you can. You can only use Step Up once though.
We are not yet sure about pricing just yet, but expect a sales price of 349 EUR or 399 USD. Let's have a look at the top dog from eVGA, the GeForce GTX 285 SSC edition photo-shoot.
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