MSI N280GTX OC HydroGen

Gaming Benchmarks Continued

Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.


Call of Duty 4 is a stunning DirectX 9.0c based game that really looks awesome and has a very full feature set. With lots of advanced lighting, smoke and water effects, the game has excellent explosions along with fast game play. Using the in-built Call Of Duty features, a 10-minute long game play demo was recorded and replayed on each of the GPU's using the /timedemo command a total of 5 times. The highest and lowest FPS results were then removed, with an average being calculated from the remaining 3 results.

Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Results Analysis

The Overclocked GTX280 and standard GTX285 performed pretty much identical to one another during this phase of the testing. Only when the resolution was maxed out in the torturous Crysis run did the higher clocked GTX280 surpass the 285 by any significant margin.

Let's head over to the conclusion where I formulate my thoughts on todays review subject...

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Most Recent Comments

22-01-2009, 06:27:47

Impressive performance for a GTX 280! And the card has an interesting heatsink.Quote

22-01-2009, 06:49:06

First time I seen a fine machined waterblock from a watercooled ready gpu manufacturer. Looks like it cools well too Quote

22-01-2009, 06:50:55

Originally Posted by name='moogle'
First time I seen a fine machined waterblock from a watercooled ready gpu manufacturer. Looks like it cools well too
Agreed. I'd actually prefer that block (in terms of looks at least) over anything that EK could offer.Quote

22-01-2009, 06:57:23

Stunning performance. It's so nice to see proper paste instead of that awful white goop too. But wow what a huge performing card and block.

Shame about the bracket. The devil is in the details.


22-01-2009, 10:58:36

Have you tried overclocking past the limits?

At 40C that is so cool.Quote

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