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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

GeForce GTX 280 Specifications

Coupled with PureVideo HD technology, the NVIDIA GTX 280 video card delivers an astounding multimedia experience. The GeForce GTX 280 features two dual-link, HDCP-enabled DVI-I outputs for connection to analog and digital PC monitors and HDTVs, a 7-pin analog video-out port that supports S-Video directly, plus composite and component (YPrPb) outputs via an optional (and included) dongle. GeForce_GTX-200_GPU_Silicon_Die.jpg

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Card
  • HDMI resolutions: 480p/720p/1080i/1080p
  • PCI Express 2.0 interface
  • Dual card-slot active cooling solution
  • PureVideo HD technology with hardware decoding of high-definition video formats
  • Dual dual-link DVI - up to 2560x1600
  • DVI HDTV output: 480p/720p/1080i

Bus Support

  • PCI Express 2.0
  • PCI Express x16 Backwards Compatible

3D Acceleration

  • Microsoft DirectX10 support
  • Unified Shader Model 4.0
  • OpenGL 2.1


  • HDTV Ready (using dongle adapter)
  • Vista Ready
  • SLI and 3-Way SLI Ready
  • HDCP Ready
  • DVI Audio (using digital audio connection)
  • Dual Link Dual DVI
  • RoHS Compliant

Dual-Stream Decode

Recently, studios have begun taking advantage of the additional space high-definition media such as Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs provide by adding dual-stream picture-in-picture functionality to movies. Often the PiP content is coupled with advanced BD-J (Java) or HDi (XML) features, so taking the processing burden off of the CPU is even more important for titles with these advanced features. The latest PureVideo HD engine now supports dual-stream hardware acceleration which takes the workload off of the CPU and gives it to the more powerful GPU.

GT200 Graphics Processing UnitNVIDIA_GTX-280_NF790i_SLI.jpg

  • 1.4 Billion transistors
  • 933 gigaFLOPs of processing power
  • Local 16k shared memory
  • 602 MHz Graphics engine clock speed
  • 240 Graphics processor cores
  • 1296 MHz graphics processor clock speed
  • 400 MHz RamDAC
  • Max. Resolution @ 2560 x 1600
  • True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting with 16x full- screen anti-aliasing
  • Double precision 64-bit floating point computation support
  • 2nd Generation NVIDIA Unified Architecture
  • Supports future 10-bit color and and 120 MHz LCD panels

GT200 Video Memory

  • 1 GB GDDR3 video memory
  • 1107 MHz memory clock (2214 MHz DDR realized)
  • 16Mx32 Memory configuration
  • 512-bit memory bus
  • Hynix H5RS5223CFR-N2C (Rated 1200 MHz 0.8ns 2.05V)
  • Memory pieces: 16
  • Memory package: uBGA

HDCP over dual-link allows video enthusiasts to enjoy high-definition movies on extreme high-resolution panels such as the 30" Dell 3007WFP at 2560 x 1600 with no black borders. The GeForce GTX 280 also provides native support for HDMI output, using a certified DVI-to-HDMI adaptor in conjunction with the built-in SPDIF audio connector.

Aero with HD DVD and Blu-ray Playback

Until now, users have been unable to take advantage of the Aero user interface in Windows Vista while playing HD video. When this was attempted, Vista would revert back to a basic theme and Aero would be disabled.

PureVideo HD now supports HD movie playback in Aero mode. This creates a more seamless user experience by eliminating the pop-up message notifying that Vista has switched to basic mode. As you can see in the screenshot below, Aero windows are enabled in conjunction with HD movie playback.

With HDMI support the GTX 280-based graphics solution is among the fastest graphics card available, and when paired with a 7 Series NVIDIA nForce motherboard, creates the latest in a line of powerful NVIDIA gaming platforms. Be blown away by scorching frame rates, true-to-life extreme HD gaming, and picture-perfect Blu-ray and HD DVD movies.


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