GeForce GTX 280 early results are in

By on June 16, 2008, 5:00 PM
Update: Full blown reviews have popped up around the web, and it seems the GTX 280 isn't as impressive when compared to the much more capable GeForce 9800 GX2. Even when we are talking about a single GPU card, at the current price point it's hard to recommend the new high-end GTX.

Though ATI was hoping to get the upper hand when it launched its next-generation Radeon 4000 series later this month, word is out on the street that Nvidia is much much closer to the official release of their equally highly touted GeForce GTX 200 series graphics cards.

The card specs for both the GTX 280 and 260 models have been around for quite some time now, yet it's usually a matter of how the cards really perform that can make or break the launch of this kind of product.

The Inquirer has released a myriad of gaming benchmark results putting the upcoming GeForce GTX 280 against an overclocked 9800 GTX. While not the fairest of comparisons (the GTX 280 is expected to carry a price tag nearing the $600 mark), the results are nonetheless shocking, with an ample advantage for the newer chip which at times only seemed dragged down by a pretty fast 3GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU.

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yukka said:
Ive read a few reviews and have the 280 in stock already. it looks like a monster. hopefully other cards will drop in price now but i really hope ati have something decent on the way. it seems a new gen comes out every 3-5 months at the moment. it was 9700pro, then x850, then x1950, then 2900xt then 3870, spaced over a number of years. now nvidia bring out better and better cards every couple of months. crazy times
Kaleid said:
I'm not that impressed really. Too hot, too costly, GDDR3 and Nvidia's own x2 card is about the same although less price
9Nails said:
@ Kaleid; The card is only too hot at full speed, which there is a LOT of speed here. At idle, the card is not quite integrated Intel GPU range, but at 25 watts for 2D it's minimal.The problem with the X2 card it is essentially SLI in a single card. And SLI card's are known for their inefficiencies when a game wasn't written for multiple GPU's. This baby nearly matches the performance of the X2 while keeping to a single chip.It's too bad that SLI GTX 280's need 1,200 Watts PSU!I do hope that Nvidia skips 45nm die shrink and heads right for 32nm. This would reduce the heat and power and fix some of these concerns. But I wouldn't expect to see 32nm from an assembly plant before the end of 2009.
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