NVIDIA's GT200 series is now officially upon us; a new breed of graphics cards built from the ground up which carry with them such advancements as embedded PhysX and CUDA technologies.
The most hyped model to hit the market in the new family is the top dog GTX 280 with its 512-bit memory interface and 240 stream processors; a slightly lower spec'd GTX 260 also sees the light of day. With the NDA lifted, the web is seeing GTX 260/280 reviews popping up left, right and centre. You can read our in-depth review of ZOTAC's overclocked "AMP!" offering here; we pit the GTX 280 against the previous top-end offerings including the 9800 GTX, 9800 GX2 and also AMD's HD 3870 X2.
You can find all the coverage floating around the web via the below links :-
- Hardware Secrets #1
- Techpowerup #1
- Hardware Secrets #2
- Driver Heaven
- Overclockers Club
- Techpowerup #2
- Tech Report
- Computer Shopper
- PC Perspective #1
- PC Perspective #2
- Hardware Canucks
- Benchmark Reviews
- Toms Hardware
Word on the GT200 has been floating around for a while now, and we've seen a number of leaked benchmarks all over the world wide interweb. With the NDA being lifted, it's time to check out what exactly is going on with the new card.
The particular card we're looking at today is from ZOTAC and is the AMP! Edition, which as you may have guessed is an overclocked model. Speculation on the GTX 280 has been all over the place with word that performance is up to 50% faster than the 9800 GX2.
What we will be doing today is checking out exactly how much faster the new GTX 280 is when compared to the 9800 GX2, along with seeing how it compares against the top of the range AMD offering; the HD 3870 X2. For further good measure, we'll also try it against one of the better valued for money NVIDIA cards at the moment; the 9800 GTX.
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