NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI: specs and benchmarks

Price now 149$
Games supported 69%
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed 585
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 950
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2009
Performance 9.66


NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 280M SLI sales 2 March 2009. This is G9x architecture notebook card based on 55 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 950 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 150 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 280M SLI's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating416
Value for money3.50
GPU code nameN10E-GTX
Market segmentLaptop
Release date2 March 2009 (12 years ago)
Price now$149 of 12999 (Quadro GV100)
Value for money

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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 280M SLI'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 280M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores256of 15360 (Radeon RX 7900 XT)
Core clock speed585 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors1508 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology55 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 280M SLI's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelarge


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 280M SLI: 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 amount2 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed950 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Shared memory-

API support

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

DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 280M SLI. 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 280M SLI 9.66
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 280M SLI 9435

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 280M SLI 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 280M SLI performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 280M SLI's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), which is faster by 1% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000) Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M SLI GeForce GTX 460M SLI
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M GeForce GTX 580M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M GeForce GTX 485M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M Radeon HD 6990M
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2 Mobility Radeon HD 4870 X2

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