The NDA is over. So all major hardware websites will publish in the next hours/days the reviews about the new NVIDIA flagship: the GeForce GTX 280.
Guru3D is one of the first to offer you such a review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 review.
The GT200, the GPU with 1.4 billions transistors! Here are the main features:
* 993 GigaFLOP processing power
* 240 processing (shader) cores (GTX 280)
* 192 processing (shader) cores (GTX 260)
* DirectX 10 – OpenGL 2.1
* New power management enhancements
* CUDA parallel processing
* GeForce PhysX
We have to admit, the GeForce GTX 280 is simply put – a Greek power house. Spaaaartaaans!
Strangely enough there is another product out there that can actually compete with the GeForce GTX 280 rather well. It’s NVIDIA’s own GeForce 9800 GX2.
When we reverse things and look at the 9800 GX2, the GX2 however has 2x 128= 256 shader cores opposed to the 240 on the GTX 280 … that gives it a bit more bite and the GX2 shader domain is clocked a tad faster. So as this article has shown, the products both win and lose a little from each other.
Now then, if you’d ask me; the final word as far as I’m concerned is that the GTX 280 is the way to go here. Yes it’ll be more (too) expensive but with the GX2 you also have the problems that come with SLI, a lot of heat (2 GPUs) and a fair amount of power consumption. When games start using that excessive amount of frame buffer and complex shaders, the GTX 280 would seriously kick in.