XFX 280GTX XXX Edition


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With the advent of the mighty 4870x2, XFX have tweaked the GPU and memory clockspeed of NVidias flagship 280GTX to bring you its top of the pile XFX 280GTX 'XXX' edition. We reviewed the stock clocked MSI GTX280 back in June of this year so rather than re-hash reviews of the same old cards and benchmarks showing a predictable increase in scores, we will explore the 280GTX's capabilities with a series of benchmarks aimed more specifically at PhysX and endeavour to explore what PhysX is and how it works. 
Before we delve into the world of PhysX lets take a look at the card we will be using for todays review.
As previous stated, this 280GTX is no ordinary GTX, it is the premier overclocked 'XXX' edition. As it is overclocked you can guarantee that these overclocks have been stringently tested in house with the cherry picked cores and memory to bring you blistering speed along with rock solid reliability.
As you can see, the GPU clockspeed has been increased just over 10% from a stock 602mhz to a toasty 670mhz and the memory has been hoisted up to to a head spinning 1250(2500) MHz from a stock 1107(2214)Mhz, meaning that the Shader clock speed has also increased to  1458mhz - an 11.2% increase from stock 1296mhz! Mouthwatering overclocking from XFX! However, we at OC3D will never be content with a manufactured overclock and we will see, later in the review, how much more performance we can squeeze from the card. For now though, lets take a look at the packaging and presentation.
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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2008, 07:26:10

"PhysX has been a failure for AGEIA in the past, can XFX and NVidia conjour up some interest in game physics with the latest XXX edition of the GTX280?"


Read the full review here.Quote

16-09-2008, 07:57:41

Mr. Smith
Q. What is innovative about this product?

I don't understand why it was given that award. Decent review, lacking on game benchmarks though /Quote

16-09-2008, 08:15:24

No offence intended m8 but did you actually read the review or just skim over it? The review was aimed more towards PhysX, something I don't feel has had enough exposure. I could easily have benched it against a number of other cards which has been done time and time again. We have already reviewed a stock GTX280 so the overclocked 280 would give a predictable increase in scores and make for some pretty bland reading. I did include some benchmarks against other cards at the end to show the 'predictable' outcome so felt little need to emphasize that fact by running it on 6 or 7 titles. I would like to have seen some more benchmarks run on PhysX enabled games but they are few and far between as it is new and INNOVATIVE technology, incorporating PhysX into a GPU.

I just wanted to show some of the benefits other than raw FPS otherwise every review would be the same, which is not what people want to read imo - maybe I'm wrong?Quote

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