NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 Unleashed

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Crysis v1.2
DirectX 10 Gaming Performance


If you're at all into enthusiast computing, the highly anticipated single player, FPS smash-hit Crysis, should require no introduction. Crytek's game engine produces some stunning visuals that are easily the most impressive real-time 3D renderings we've seen on the PC to date.  The engine employs some of the latest techniques in 3D rendering like Parallax Occlusion Mapping, Subsurface Scattering, Motion Blur and Depth-of-Field effects, as well as some of the most impressive use of Shader technology we've seen yet.  In short, for those of you that want to skip the technical jib-jab, Crysis is a beast of a game.  We ran the full game patched to v1.2 with all of its visual options set to 'High' to put a significant load on the graphics cards being tested  A custom demo recorded on the Island level was used throughout testing.

Crysis tells essentially the same story as all of our previous in-game tests.  Here, the new GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 best all other single-GPU based rigs. They both fall victim to the GX2 and 9800 GTX SLI setups, however.  Multi-GPU scaling with Crysis was also good with the new GeForce GTX 280, putting up scores far superior to anything else we've ever tested.  3-way SLI, however, didn't offer up much of an improvement over two cards, at least not with our quad-core powered test system and the current 177 series drivers.

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SqUiD267 6 years ago

You guys are soo lucky , I wish I got my hands on a GTX 280.

dizowned 6 years ago

It always happens, I finally decide to buy a new card a few months ago and here we go another faster one ... guess ill just have to buy this one too ;)

amdcrankitup 6 years ago
It will be a little while before I can work my way up to a 280 but for me a 260 would be fine!Good reveiw~
Crisis Causer 6 years ago

The most powerful single-GPU card has arrived.  And finally, the 8800 Ultra is usurped (the 9800GTX didn't do that).  Hella expensive though.  ATi's offering's should be interesting.  No one is expecting performance this high, but with the 4870 going to be half the price of a GTX 280 it'll be interesting.


ice91785 6 years ago

Well as I mentioned in the 4870 article I was a bit behind the times -- i just read through the article and I am indeed impressed by the performance output of the 280 for sure (although 3-way SLI seems to be bottlenecked somewhat in many non-synthetic tests you guys ran)

Anyway, I was WOWed until I saw the power consumption under a load -- I have been asking for a while "why would anyone ever need a 1kw PSU???" well.......I guess now I know, lol.

Did you guys have a secondary drive-bay PSU in your system as a "just-in-case" factor? (referring to the 3-way-SLI GTX 280 setup you had)


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