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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 30 June 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition Video Card
GT200 GPU: Why Now and What's New?
GT200 GPU: Bigger, Better, Faster
GTX 280 AMP! Specifications
GeForce GTX 280 Features
NVIDIA Hybrid SLI
NVIDIA HybridPower Technology
ZOTAC GTX 280 Closer Look
GTX 280 AMP! Detailed Look
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Lightsmark Frame Rates
Unreal Tournament 3
World in Conflict Benchmarks
ZOTAC GTX 280 AMP! Temperatures
GTX 280 Power Consumption
GT200 GPU Final Thoughts
ZOTAC GTX 280 Conclusion

Video Card Testing Methodology

Benchmark Reviews has high hopes that one day we will be so giant and world famous that every combination of the graphic card available will be on-hand for our product testing... and we're getting closer! I envy the review sites that have twenty other video cards tested in stand-alone, SLI, and CrossFireX arrays for each and every review. Eventually we will be that big, and offer all of those configurations. Readers can help us grow to that size by spreading the word, but for now we'll have to make due with what our budget can afford. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is going to test and compare the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB graphics card against several other closely-ranked products from within the GeForce family.

At the start of all tests, the previous display adapter driver is uninstalled and trace components are removed using Driver Cleaner Pro. We then restart the computer system to establish our display settings and define the monitor. Once the hardware is prepared, we begin our testing. The synthetic benchmark tests in 3DMark06 will utilize shader models 2.0 and 3.0. Every test is conducted at the following resolutions: 1024x768 (17" Standard LCD), 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), 1680x1050 (22-24" Widescreen LCD), and 1920x1200 (24-28" Widescreen LCD). In some tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.

Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict and Supreme Commander benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

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Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.

Test System

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, No Anti Aliasing)
  • Lightsmark 2007 v1.3
  • Unreal Tournament 3 v1.2 (High Quality, 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • World in Conflict v1.0.0.8 Performance Test (Very High Setting: 4x AA/4x AF)

Video Card Test Products

Product Series FOXCONN GeForce 9800 GTX 9800GTX-512N Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 102-B50102-00-AT

Gigabyte GeForce 9800 GX2 GV-NX98X1GHI-B

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Reference ZOTAC GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition ZT-X28E3LA-FCP
Stream Processors 128 800 128 (x2) 240 240
Core Clock (MHz) 685 625 600 (x2) 602 700
Shader Clock (MHz) 1713 N/A 1500 (x2) 1296 1400
Memory Clock (MHz) 1100 993 1000 (x2) 1107 1150
Memory Amount 512 MB GDDR3 512 MB GDDR3 512MB (x2) GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR3 1024 MB GDDR3
Memory Interface 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit (x2) 512-bit 512-bit

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Using the latest GPU-Z utility available for free from our industry affiliate techPowerUp!, we verify manufacturer specifications with the actual internal specifications. In regard to this GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition video card, it appears that all specifications for the ZT-X28E3LA-FCP model match those stated by ZOTAC.

Now we're ready to begin testing video game performance on the GeForce GTX 280 AMP! Edition graphics card, so please continue to the next page as we start with the 3DMark06 results.



 

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