Palit GTX280 Reviewccokeman -
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With the GPU wars still raging on, who will actually win out? Who knows - but in the long run the performance improvements definitely benefit the gamer and enthusiast. Performance video offerings so far this year include the introduction of the HD3870X2, HD4850, and HD4870 from ATI, as well as the GeForce 9-series (9600GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX+, and the 9800GX2) from Nvidia and their partners. The 9-series was not quite the performance improvement over the G80-based 8800GTX and Ultra that the gaming community was looking for. Even though the 9800GTX offered a performance improvement over the previous generation, was it enough for the 8800GTX crowd to rush out and get one? Not Quite. With the performance of the GTX280, those who bought 8800GTXs have finally got an upgrade worth migrating to. Built on a 65nm process, with 240 processing cores running at 602 MHz, and 1GB of GDDR3 memory at 1.1GHz running through a 512-bit memory bus this card offers amazing performance. As the largest GPU currently made, it features 1.4 billion transistors, and is roughly four times the size of a quad-core CPU die. With that kind of processing power - 933 gigaflops - just think of the possibilities. As a comparison, a quad-core CPU churns out roughly 96 gigaflops - the difference is huge!
Palit is still a newcomer to the North American market, and is still not well known by many - but this does not mean they are a new company. They have been manufacturing motherboards and video cards for 10 years now. Palit is known for overclocking of their video cards, and providing innovative cooling solutions to the cards they build. Lets see if the Palit GTX280 lives up to its reputation.
The front panel of the packaging lists the basic specifications of the Palit GTX280, and showcases the Borg-like "Fighting Frog" mascot. Among the GTX280's features are the 1GB of GDDR3 memory, Dual-Link DVI, and HDMI-out capability. The rear panel briefly covers more of the specifications in 12 languages. The side panels contain little information, but highlight the fact that the GTX280 is SLI ready and certified for use with Windows Vista. The frog mascot or "Frobot" is shown as well, with the Palit web address.
Popping open the package, you are greeted with a pop-up door and a box that contains the GTX280. Under the pop-up door, you will find its documentation and accessories. The bundle looks a little slim, but will be enough to get the card installed and working in most instances.
The bundle of accessories is limited to the driver disk, a quick installation guide, a DVI to D-sub adapter, a DVI to HDMI adapter (not usually included with many manufacturer's' cards) and a full version of the game "Tomb Raider Anniversary."
Let's see what the Palit GTX280 has to offer.