XFX GTX 280 Reviewccokeman - June 16, 2008
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The XFX GTX 280 is based on the Nvidia GT200 GPU. This video card is for use in motherboards that feature a PCI-E x16 1.0 or 2.0 slot. The GTX 280 clock speeds are: 602 MHz on the GPU core, 1107 MHz on the 1GB of GDDR3 running through a 512-bit bus and 1296 MHz on the Shader clock. The GTX 280 uses a dual-slot cooling design, meaning it will occupy two PCI card slots on the motherboard, while only physically interfacing with one slot. The fan housing on the card is plastic on the front and metal on the back, to provide the GTX 280 enough rigidity to prevent any flex. The covers are vented adequately and prevent severe heat buildup in the housing.
The connectivity of the XFX GTX 280 includes two dual-link DVI ports and one HDTV-Out port for use with the supplied adapter. The mounting bracket looks like a carry-over from the 9800GTX, with its black chrome covering. The LED lights up to show that there is indeed power flowing to the GTX 280. If the second power connection is not plugged in, it will change color to signify a lack of power. The rear of the card allows air into the fan assembly, to keep the components underneath cool. The fan is a blower style that looks like a squirrel cage. It does, however, really move the air through the heatsink assembly. Rather than just a light breeze through the grill, the air is forced out more aggressively than on the 9-series video cards.
Across the top of the XFX GTX 280, are the power connections and the SLI Bridge connections. Required power connections include one 6-pin and one 8-pin (or 6+2-pin) PCI-E lead from the power supply. The XFX GTX 280 is Tri-SLI capable, as evidenced by the dual SLI Bridge connections. The performance potential is there for the taking, if this series scales as well as the 9-series does. Right next to the power connections, is a small rubber cover that hides the HDMI sound input connector; this is used with a motherboard that features this output, so that HDMI sound can be sent out of the DVI ports with the appropriate DVI to HDMI adapter.