NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
  • Interface PCIe 2.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 602MHz
  • Max video memory 1GB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1107MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2008
Performance 4.48


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 office use. 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 dual-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


of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 280's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating599
Value for money0.95
ArchitectureTesla 2.0
GPU code nameGT200
Market segmentDesktop
Release date16 June 2008 (13 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$649
Price now$159 (0.2x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 280's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores240of 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)
CUDA cores240
Core clock speed602 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors1,400 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology65 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)236 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature105 °C
Texture fill rate48.2 billion/secof 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance622.1 gflopsof 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).

InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
Length10.5" (267 mm) (26.7 cm)
Height4.376" (111 mm) (11.1 cm)
Supplementary power connectors6-pin & 8-pin
SLI options+


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 typeGDDR3
Maximum RAM amount1 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width512 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed1107 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth141.7 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 280. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsHDTVDual Link DVI
Multi monitor support+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
Audio input for HDMIS/PDIF

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 280, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model4.0
OpenGL2.1of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)

Benchmark performance

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

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 280 4.48
  • Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 280 1195

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 280 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 280 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 280 from AMD is Radeon R7 250, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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AMD Radeon HD 6770 Radeon HD 6770
AMD FireStream 9250 FireStream 9250
ATI Radeon HD 5750 Radeon HD 5750
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ATI Radeon HD 4850 X2 Radeon HD 4850 X2

User rating

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