Nvidia GeForce 280 GTX

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by 34skyline, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. 34skyline

    34skyline OSNN One Post Wonder

    San Diego
    Do you guys think it's really worth getting the Geforce or ATI which is the better card for your money.

    GPU Engine Specs:
    Processor Cores 240
    Graphics Clock (MHz) 602 MHz
    Processor Clock (MHz) 1296 MHz
    Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 48.2
    Memory Specs:
    Memory Clock (MHz) 1107 MHz
    Standard Memory Config 1 GB
    Memory Interface Width 512-bit
    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 141.7
    Feature Support:
    NVIDIA SLI®-ready* 2-way/3-Way
    NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology* HD
    NVIDIA PhysX™-ready*
    NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology
    HybridPower™ Technology*
    GeForce Boost
    Microsoft DirectX 10
    OpenGL 2.1
    Bus Support PCI-E 2.0 x16
    Certified for Windows Vista

    ATI Radeon HD 4870

    956 million transistors on 55nm fabrication process
    PCI Express 2.0 x16 bus interface
    256-bit GDDR3/4/5 memory interface
    Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 support
    Shader Model 4.1
    32-bit floating point texture filtering
    Indexed cube map arrays
    Independent blend modes per render target
    Pixel coverage sample masking
    Read/write multi-sample surfaces with shaders
    Gather4 texture fetching
    Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
    800 stream processing units
    Dynamic load balancing and resource allocation for vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders
    Common instruction set and texture unit access supported for all types of shaders
    Dedicated branch execution units and texture address processors
    128-bit floating point precision for all operations
    Command processor for reduced CPU overhead
    Shader instruction and constant caches
    Up to 160 texture fetches per clock cycle
    Up to 128 textures per pixel
    Fully associative multi-level texture cache design
    DXTC and 3Dc+ texture compression
    High resolution texture support (up to 8192 x 8192)
    Fully associative texture Z/stencil cache designs
    Double-sided hierarchical Z/stencil buffer
    Re-Z, and Z Range optimization
    Lossless Z & stencil compression (up to 128:1)
    Lossless color compression (up to 8:1)
    Up to 8 render targets (MRTs) with anti-aliasing
    Accelerated physics processing
    Dynamic Geometry Acceleration
    High performance vertex cache
    Programmable tessellation unit
    Accelerated geometry shader path for geometry amplification
    Memory read/write cache for improved stream output performance
    Anti-aliasing features
    Multi-sample anti-aliasing (2, 4, or 8 samples per pixel)
    Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for improved quality
    Adaptive super-sampling and multi-sampling
    Gamma correct
    Super AA (ATI CrossFireX™ configurations only)
    All anti-aliasing features compatible with HDR rendering
    Texture filtering features
    2x/4x/8x/16x high quality adaptive anisotropic filtering modes (up to 128 taps per pixel)
    128-bit floating point HDR texture filtering
    sRGB filtering (gamma/degamma)
    Percentage Closer Filtering (PCF)
    Depth & stencil texture (DST) format support
    Shared exponent HDR (RGBE 9:9:9:5) texture format support
    OpenGL 2.1 support
    ATI Avivo™ HD Video and Display Platform6
    Unified Video Decoder 2 (UVD 2) for H.264/AVC, VC-1, and MPEG-2 video formats
    High definition (HD) playback of Blu-ray and HD DVD video
    Dual stream (HD+SD) playback support
    DirectX Video Acceleration 1.0 & 2.0 support
    Support for BD-Live certified applications
    Hardware DivX and MPEG-1 video decode acceleration
    Accelerated video transcoding & encoding for H.264 and MPEG-2 formats
    ATI Avivo Video Post Processor6
    Color space conversion
    Chroma subsampling format conversion
    Horizontal and vertical scaling
    Gamma correction
    Advanced vector adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing
    De-blocking and noise reduction filtering
    Detail enhancement
    Color vibrance and flesh tone correction
    Inverse telecine (2:2 and 3:2 pull-down correction)
    Bad edit correction
    Enhanced DVD upscaling (SD to HD)
    Automatic dynamic contrast adjustment
    Two independent display controllers
    Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls and video overlays for each display
    Full 30-bit display processing
    Programmable piecewise linear gamma correction, color correction, and color space conversion
    Spatial/temporal dithering provides 30-bit color quality on 24-bit and 18-bit displays
    High quality pre- and post-scaling engines, with underscan support for all display outputs
    Content-adaptive de-flicker filtering for interlaced displays
    Fast, glitch-free mode switching
    Hardware cursor
    Two integrated dual-link DVI display outputs
    Each supports 18-, 24-, and 30-bit digital displays at all resolutions up to 1920x1200 (single-link DVI) or 2560x1600 (dual-link DVI)2
    Each includes a dual-link HDCP encoder with on-chip key storage for high resolution playback of protected content3
    Two integrated 400 MHz 30-bit RAMDACs
    Each supports analog displays connected by VGA at all resolutions up to 2048x15362
    DisplayPort output support
    24- and 30-bit displays at all resolutions up to 2560x16002
    HDMI output support
    All display resolutions up to 1920x10802
    Integrated HD audio controller with support for stereo and multi-channel (up to 7.1) audio formats, including AC-3, AAC, DTS, DTS-HD & Dolby True-HD4, enabling a plug-and-play audio solution over HDMI
    Integrated AMD Xilleon™ HDTV encoder
    Provides high quality analog TV output (component/S-video/composite)
    Supports SDTV and HDTV resolutions
    Underscan and overscan compensation
    Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
    VGA mode support on all display outputs
    ATI PowerPlay™ Technology5
    Advanced power management technology for optimal performance and power savings
    Constantly monitors GPU activity, dynamically adjusting clocks and voltage based on user scenario
    Clock and memory speed throttling
    Voltage switching
    Dynamic clock gating
    Central thermal management – on-chip sensor monitors GPU temperature and triggers thermal actions as required
    ATI CrossFireX™ Multi-GPU Technology
    Scale up rendering performance and image quality with two, three, or four GPUs
    Integrated compositing engine
    High performance dual channel bridge interconnect1
  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Between Austin and Tampa
    The 280 will be the superior part in pretty much every conceivable situation. The true competitor to it from AMD would be the 4870X2 which is the top performing single-card out on the market.

    The 4870 (1GB version) will still be pretty competitive in many games though and it's cheaper.
  3. slugbug

    slugbug super noob

    For the money the GTX 260 216 is a better buy.
  4. Terrahertz

    Terrahertz Extinction Agenda Political User Folding Team

    New York
    What the hell lol? Its like you wanted us to say go ATI/AMD with that list you put up.
  5. Mizzle

    Mizzle Oh, now I know...!

    Of the two, I'd get the 280 GTX, as explained by Sazar. The only GPU I can think of that is better is the ATI 4870X2.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
  6. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Happy Valley
    It is all based on preference and what you want. I have read numerous things about the 280 gtx being better than the 4870 x2. But the down side with the nvidia is that you can't run daul monitor with it, and you can with the ati.

    This is one of those Ford Chevy type things. I personally like them both - I will probably never run a dual monitor, although I would like to. But after reading what I read and such, I would probably go with the nvidia.
  7. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Happy Valley
  8. failurbydesign

    failurbydesign music MUSIC music Political User

    Las Vegas
    that's a good deal bet it kicks cs4 in the ass!
  9. epk

    epk Moderator Political User Folding Team

    thats a really good deal

    and free far cry 2 hehe :)
  10. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

    California, USA
    What do you mean you can't run dual monitors with it? If you were in SLI, then yes you would not be able to do that. However if you are running a single card you can drive dual monitors with absolutely no problem.

    To the OP, I'd have to agree with slugbug here. The GTX 260 216 core is an absolute steal for the money. Its performance is approaching that of the GTX 280 for significantly less money. I have one myself and absolutely love it.
  11. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Happy Valley
    Yes, aprox, you are right. In SLI you can not run dual monitor, but in single you can. I should have made that more clear in the regard that I would not be using sli anyhow, as I have no need for it or dual monitor; which is another reason why I would go for the nvidia.
  12. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

    California, USA
    Last I heard was that Nvidia was planning on adding dual monitor support for SLI platforms. No idea how long ago that was, or how far into the future we will actually see that.
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  13. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

    Happy Valley
    Yeah, I been hearing that also. I think ati will left in the dust when it does comes out.
  14. epk

    epk Moderator Political User Folding Team

    not really, they still have strong contenders in the lower markets
  15. failurbydesign

    failurbydesign music MUSIC music Political User

    Las Vegas
    Those cards do rock, but i could see ATI stepping up the game...though ill stick with nvidia cards
  16. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    The latest scuttlebut says ATI/AMD are going after the "performance integrated chipset market" since they have been unable to keep up with Nvidia on pure performance and AMD can do the math. The desktop market is flattening out and the laptop market is growing.

    ATI is still the leader if you want decent performance and multimedia capability.

    BTW I'm giving 2:1 odds AMD/ATI does not survive 2009 as an independent company. They either get swallowed or die out due to the recession.
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  17. epk

    epk Moderator Political User Folding Team

    by the way... have you guys seen this?

    XFX may start making ATi cards
    yeah, they're not switching sides.. but xfx was one of the flagship brands for nvidia GPUs, so its kinda surprising

    oh, and leejend.. i think amd is doing way worse than ati
    the hd4xxx series have been selling quite well

    edit: its official
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2008