NVIDIA GTX 280 Performance Revealed - MSI N280GTX

3DMark 05, 06 and Vantage

3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. 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.
3DMark05 Results
With the very first benchmark performed on the GTX 280 being 3DMark05 at the stock 1024x768 resolution, it was quite worrying to see the 9800GTX take the lead by around 40 points. However, increasing the resolution to 1900x1200 and adding 4x AA saw the GTX 280 leave the 9800GTX in the dust, producing a final score only a few hundred points short of the ATI 3870x2 and 9800GX2.
3DMark06 Results
3DMark06 saw the 9800GX2, 3870x2 and GTX 280 take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. We need to remember at this point, that both the x2 and GX2 cards have the brute-force power of two GPU's, so for the GTX 280 to even come close to these results is just testament to how fast the GTX 200 architecture really is.
 3DMark Vantage Results
3DMark Vantage is a brand new application to the OC3D testing suite, and for this reason we were only able to test the cards currently in our possession - the 9800GTX and the GTX 280. As we can see from the results above, the difference between the two cards is phenomenal, with the GTX 280 more than doubling the 9800's score at the 1900x1200 resolution.
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Most Recent Comments

16-06-2008, 09:09:38

Stellar review as always Jimbo...I'm so getting me one of these.Quote

16-06-2008, 09:13:14

I'm not

Yes it's the fastest single card currently but tbh it's not anything particularly special

My 8800 GTX stays put Quote

16-06-2008, 09:20:00

mhhh not that impressed with the card was planning on selling my EVGA 9800 GX2 to buy this but dont look like much point is their ? Quote

16-06-2008, 09:29:08

For a single GPU it does perform very well @ 1900 x 1024. I also like the cooling as it takes the hot air out of the PC.Quote

16-06-2008, 09:44:11

Excellent review as always.

If I win the lottery any time soon then I may buy one.Quote

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