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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 16 June 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Video Card
GT200 GPU: Why Now and What's New?
GeForce GTX 280 Specifications
GTX 280 Features
NVIDIA Hybrid Technology
GeForce GTX 280 Closer Look
Video Card Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Lightsmark Frame Rates
SupComm: Forged Alliance Results
World in Conflict Benchmarks
GTX 280 Temperatures
GTX 280 Power Consumption
GT200 GPU Final Thoughts
GeForce GTX 280 Conclusion

World in Conflict Benchmark Results

The latest version of Massive's proprietary Masstech engine utilizes DX10 technology and features advanced lighting and physics effects, and allows for a full 360 degree range of camera control. Massive's MassTech engine scales down to accommodate a wide range of PC specifications, if you've played a modern PC game within the last two years, you'll be able to play World in Conflict.

World in Conflict's FPS-like control scheme and 360-degree camera make its action-strategy game play accessible to strategy fans and fans of other genres... if you love strategy, you'll love World in Conflict. If you've never played strategy, World in Conflict is the strategy game to try.

World in Conflict offers an in-game benchmark; which records the minimum, average, and maximum frame rates during the test. Very recently another hardware review website made the assertion that these tests are worthless, but we couldn't disagree more. When used to compare video cards which are dependant on the same driver and use the same GPU architecture, the in-game benchmark works very well and comparisons are apples-to-apples.

First tested was the 1024x768 resolution in WiC, which relates to gamers using a 17" LCD monitor. Based on the test results charted below it's clear that WiC doesn't place a limit on the maximum frame rate (to conserve wasted power) which is good for full-spectrum benchmarks like ours, but bad for electricity bills. The critically important minimum frame rate results indicate a shared lead between the 8800 GT AMP! Edition, ZOTAC 9800 GTX AMP! Edition, and GeForce 9800 GX2 video cards.

To my surprise however, the Palit 9600 GT actually showed a prevailing strength against the overclocked MSI GeForce 8800 GTX, matching it in minimum frame rate and coming very close in the average. Ultimately the GTX 280 would secure the lead with an average frame rate of 68 FPS; but a 2 FPS lead over the GeForce 9800 GTX is not exactly impressive.

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A cautionary word about maximum frame rates is necessary, however. Although these readings are worth noting, the maximum frame rate is nearly worthless in determining GPU power. The reason for this is simple: those maximum frame rates are collected from scenes with little to no movement and practically no graphical processing demand. Obviously this shifts the importance over to the minimum frame rate, which will indicate how smooth the performance will remain under heavy demand.

With a balanced demand for CPU and GPU power, the 1.31 Megapixel draw at 1280x1024 resolution proved to be the turning point for performance. Notice how the GeForce 9800 GX2 posts minimum frame rates not very much higher than the an overclocked 8800 GT and barely above the 30 FPS mark, which proves that even under moderate demand World in Conflict is still incredibly demanding. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 holds its ground and drops only 1 FPS, which results in a decidedly lead over the 9800 GTX.

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Set to the highest graphics quality settings the Masstech engine allows, World in Conflict begins to really strain all of the GeForce products. At the 1600x1200 resolution, the GeForce GTX 280 absolutely dominates! Between 1.31 MP and 1.92 MP, the GTX 280 reduced FPS output by a mere 4 frames, matching the performance decay of the GeForce 9800 GX2.

Taking a broader look at the average frame rate, the overclocked Foxconn GeForce 9800 GTX still proves that it really isn't much stronger than a very-overclocked GeForce 9600 GT, while the MSI GeForce 8800 GTX OC beats it out in the minimum and average frame rates. In comparison, the GTX 280 outperforms the overclocked 8800 GTX by 40% in WiC.

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It's been a long run of tests for the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 graphics card, and the performance has certainly been more than I could have expected. As the new king of the graphics castle, the GeForce GTX 280 wears an undisputed crown as the highest-performing graphics processor available today. Of course, there's still the 9800 GX2 to contend with, but on a few occasions this dual-G92 video card was just barely able to keep pace with the GTX 280.



 

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