XFX 280GTX XXX Edition

Synthetic Benchmarks

PhysX FluidMark is a physics benchmark based on NVIDIA PhysX engine. This benchmark performs a fluid simulation by imitating the rendering of lava. Real physics parameters such as viscosity are used. SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics) algorithm is enabled to increase the realism of the simulation.
At the time of the review, the ATI 4870x2 did not have PhysX drivers available although this will soon be rectified with the Havoc PhysX drivers rumoured to be in production for ATI based cards.
3DMark® Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark® Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
As you can see, PhysX adds as much as 15% to the overall score of the GTX XXX. This however, is still 5% slower than the ATI 4870x2 which is currently the 'benchmark' for other cards in today's market. Interestingly, Physx seemed to have less of an impact the higher the resolution when one would expect the opposite.
Lets take a look at some of the standard benchmarks to see how the GTX XXX fairs.
3DMark® 06 is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's taking advantage of today's multi CPU and GPU performance. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results.
It is plainly obvious that with the XFX GTX280 XXX card clocked much higher than stock, the scores follow suit with the XFX card almost matching the 4870x2. Considering the X2 has two cores, this is an astounding effort from the single GPU based XFX GTX280 XXX. The higher the resolutions went, the closer the scores got and one would assume the trend would continue with the GTX280 possibly overtaking the 4870x2 at higher resolutions. Sadly, the stock GTX280 fell away from the running as the resolutions increased.
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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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