NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 280 sales 16 June 2008 at a recommended price of $649. This is Tesla 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 65 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 1 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.11 GHz are supplied, and together with 512 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 141.7 GB / s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 2.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm). 6-pin & 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 236 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 5.62 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 280's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.79
 
Architecture
Tesla 2.0
 
Code name
GT200
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
16 June 2008
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$649
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$522.78
 
of 6300 (Quadro RTX 6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 280's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 280's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
240
 
CUDA cores
240
 
Core clock speed
1296 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
1,400 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
236 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
Texture fill rate
48.2 billion / sec
 
Floating-point performance
622.1 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 280's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
Length
10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
 
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin & 8-pin
 
SLI options
2-way3-way
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 280: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
Maximum RAM amount
1 GB
 
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1107 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
141.7 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 280.
Display Connectors
2x DVI, 1x S-Video
 
Display Connectors
HDTVDual Link DVI
 
Multi monitor support
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
Audio input for HDMI
S / PDIF
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 280. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 280, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
10.0
 
OpenGL
2.1
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 280. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

5.62

Passmark

1201

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 280 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

GTX 280
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

GTX 280
minimum Athlon 64 2000+
recommended Athlon 64 2000+

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 280 from AMD is Radeon R7 M350, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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