NVIDIA GTX 280 Performance Revealed - MSI N280GTX

Quake 4 & Unreal Tournament 3

Quake 4
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
Quake 4 - FPS
Quake 4 - CPF
Once again, the GTX 280 tops the charts, managing a very reasonable 85FPS at 1900x1200. Ironically, this is almost exactly the same result as the 9800GX2 managed at 1280x1024, yet again showing the potential that the GTX 280 has when combined with certain game engines.
Unreal Tournament 3
Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Unreal Tournament 3 - FPS
Unreal Tourmanet 3 - CPF
Being based on the same game engine (UE3) as BioShock, the final result is quite similar. The 9800GX2 takes the limelight yet again, with the GTX 280 in a close 2nd position and the 9800GTX left to fight it out with the AMD counterparts. Interestingly, the 9800GX2 doesn't take much of a dip in performance when increasing the resolution to 1900x1200 whereas the GTX 280 drops by around 30FPS. This could possibly indicate that as the FPS approaches 200, the CPU becomes the bottleneck, thus capping the results.
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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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