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 17.69 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 280's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
10.02
 
Architecture
Tesla 2.0
 
Code name
GT200
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
16 June 2008
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$649
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$522.78
 
of 4200 (Quadro P6000)

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
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
240
 
Core clock speed
1296 MHz
 
Transistor count
1,400 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
236 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
105 °C
 
Texture fill rate
48.2 billion/sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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 specs

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
 
of 32
Memory bus width
512 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
1107 MHz
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
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.
OpenGL
2.1
 

Video card benchmarks 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
17.40
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
158076.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
20895.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
2854.74
 
 
Passmark
1199
 
 

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 HD 6850, which is slower by 4% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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