Another GTX 280 review published, this time deliberate
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 can be considered as somewhat of a ‘re-work’ of the GeForce 9800 GX2 into a single core package with faster processing capability and more bandwidth.
There is not much performance boost for older games, but for DirectX 10 games like World in Conflict, there is a more noticable improvement over the GeForce 9800 GX2. Not only DirectX 10 titles get a boost when you pick the GeForce GTX 280 over the GeForce 9800 GX2, using the former is more advantageous when you move up to a very high resolution of 2560 x 1600, a resolution found on 30-inch LCDs.
A point to note is abnormal performance in Crysis. We’ve tried re-benching the GeForce GTX 280 a few times but were greeted with the same results. However during benching, we did notice periodic stutters which were not present while benching the older GeForce 9800 GX2 cards. We are looking into this issue.