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XFX GTX 280 Review

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At OverclockersClub.com, we use a series of benchmarks to stress the graphics card. We will use a series of newer gaming benchmarks, as well as some that are more seasoned, to show how well the XFX GTX 280 compares to some of the other enthusiast video cards on the market. We'll be using both single and dual GPU models to show the performance that can be gained from a dual card solution, if any at all. To see how an 8800GT fares in this comparison, take a peek at the review of the Asus EN8800GT TOP. All driver settings and clock speeds will be left at factory defaults for both the CPU and GPU, in an effort to minimize or eliminate any variables that could impact the results. The test system used in this review is listed below. After testing the card at stock speeds, I'll overclock it to see what kind of performance can be gained. All testing is done with the default settings in the respective Control Panels, as well as default settings in the BIOS of the motherboard used in this test.

Comparison Video Cards:



Overclocked settings:

  • XFX GTX 280 712/1254/1533MHz

I was curious to see just how far the latest and greatest from Nvidia could be pushed and I was able to gain 112 MHz on the GPU core, 147MHz on the memory and 237MHz on the Shader clock speeds. These represent increases of 16% on the GPU, 12% on the memory and 15% on the Shader clocks. 100+ MHz on all three seems like a lot, but the GTX 280 does not have the overclocking headroom that the 9-series GPUs have. Everyone's mileage may vary when it comes to overclocking, as you well know. In today's performance hungry world, the video card manufacturers have given us a little bit for free, so to speak, and these increased clock speeds did improve performance across the board during the testing phase of this review. With expectations of increased performance bouncing around the inside of my skull, let's see just how well the GTX 280 performs.


  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Call of Juarez
  7. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional


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