my 280 gtx

Hi,
Here are my 1st impressions of the 280gtx.
First off let me state that my impressions are, my impressions.
I am not a "pro" reviewer, so there you go.
Here are my system specs. I ran games in 1920x1200 on highest settings, with vsync enabled, highest AA (16x) and anthropic filtering (16x).
My goal for this system was to be able to play my favorite games at these settings. I am not a competitive gamer so 60 fps is good enough for me.


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler

Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R

MSI N280GTX-T2D1G OC GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

2x CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

CoolMax Model# CUQ-1200B power supply

Liteon 20x dvd writer serial ATA

Lian Li AROMORSUIT PC-P80

Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP 24

I used Speed Fan to monitor temps & fans. And I used Riva tuner to OC the GPU and double check temps.

Results.
3dmark 06 = 14471
3d mark vantage = CPU 6555, graphic 10140, overall 8920
Crysis demos CPU #1 min= 28fps, high= 51fps,avg 39fps.
CPU #2 min= 6fps, high=32fps, avg= 18fps.
GPU min= 24fps, high= 55fps, avg= 49fps
COD 4 (on a public server with 32 players) min=55fps,high= 60fps,avg= 58fps
Team Fortress 2(public server with 30 players min=45fps,high=60fps,avg=55fps
HL2 Lost coast video stress test. min=30, high= 60fps, avg= 58 fps.
GTR2 (35 car at night in rain) min=18fps, high=60fps, avg=45fps

I just built this system last week, I have only done a little playing with OCing the 280. It seems to OC well. I had it running at 724 with no problems. I gained some numbers from the OC, but at some point I think my CPU was becoming a bottle neck. For instance in GTR2 my minimum FPS did not go up after the OC.
I OCed the GPU to 724 core clock,1448 shader clock,1150 memory clock. These settings brought the 3d vantage score to 9220.
As for temperatures, the GPU ran at 42c/idle, 72c under heavy load (3d vantage). The OCing of the gpu raised the GPU temp to 75c. Under normal gaming> COD4 for two hrs. the temp never went above 65c.
For now I am happy with the cards performance. Next week or so I will OC the CPU and see what benefits it brings.
For now I just want to game for awhile and enjoy.
Poe
PS this is my first build and it went pretty well. The toughest part was installing Vista and the on going process of learning a new OS. In the last two or tree days I have used the word Vista with every form of curse word in several different languages repeatedly. Vista + Poe = $#%#@$#&^%!
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  1. Glad you're enjoying your new card. Was it worth the asking price?
  2. I have nearly the exact same setup as you except vista ultimate and a q9450
  3. "Glad you're enjoying your new card. Was it worth the asking price?"
    Tough question. For me it is. Its one card, single GPU that should be compatable with the most games. And I have it now.
    Poe
    PS. Still got money left for another one or even two if I want ( so for me money not a big issue), but that would not be worth the money to me. I payed $650 with a $30 dollar rebate.
    I doubt the card will have the long life at the top the way the 8800 gtx had. That card may have been a once in a life type card. How many months at the top?
  4. 16AA. Really? Is it CSAA or straight up 16x FSAA.

    Dude that amount of AA is sick! It's every gamers dream to purchase a flagship GPU the day it's released.

    (I know the 9800GX2 beats it in some titles at some resolutions/AA settings.)

    I really want one too, but the cost/power requirement aren't worth it to me just yet. The 1GB of video memory must be helping the 16x AA.
  5. Congrats on your purchase :) Enjoy it :)
  6. "16AA. Really? Is it CSAA or straight up 16x FSAA."

    Straight up.
    Poe
  7. Haha, that is SICK AS HECK! Straight up. LOL
  8. Did you run 3dmark 06 default, or did you crank up the resolution?
  9. Congrats on your purchase :), try getting some benches on Crysis .
  10. Am I to assume you are running vsync in all of your games? How is the noise and how far is your comp from you? Do you keep it in a desk or is it sitting right next to you where you could get a good judgement of the noise, and is the fan high pitched?

    I ask this because the only thing that is stopping me from getting this card is the noise level that I have read so much about. That and I actually prefer ATI over nVidia, but that usually doesnt affect what I buy unless the performance is identical.

    Best,

    3Ball
  11. wait 16xAA in Crysis at 1080p?
  12. looking at your results u have vsync on lol

    turn it offfffffff lololol :P

    Nice rig tho, my new build is looking to be simular to that... but maybe quad and 4gb ram :P

    kkthanksbye
  13. Quote:
    You paid $650 after a rebate?? LOL
    Did they at least throw in some lube?


    I think that he means he paid $650, but there is a $30 mir. So essentially if/when he gets the rebate it would have effectively been $620. I never put my faith in those rebates...I dont ever actually send them in tbh!

    Best,

    3Ball
  14. You should! They always work for me. I just got one back for my ram making it almost free!

    Congrats on your new card and I'm glad you're enjoying it. My new 4850 should be getting here any minute and then I'll be joining in your fun :bounce:
  15. NEW NVIDIA DRIVERS. 175.19 OUT ALREADY.
  16. yea i kno
    lol lowers 3Dmark scores compared to the Beta drivers I post about 177.26
  17. it would be nice to know what card you upgraded from... that would help me in my opinion of it
  18. Quote:
    it would be nice to know what card you upgraded from... that would help me in my opinion of it


    Looks to me like it was a new build!

    Best,

    3Ball
  19. L1qu1d said:
    wait 16xAA in Crysis at 1080p?


    No... He said 1920x1200, 1080 would be 1920x1080... So he is running a little higher than 1080p... LIKE ME!!!

    I just have a slow 8800GTX BFG OC2, nothing fancy.

    OP:
    Congratz on your new rig, hope it makes you happy long time!
  20. Hey,
    "Did you run 3dmark 06 default?"
    3dmark default.

    "judgement of the noise, and is the fan high pitched?"
    Fan noise with the GPU fan set at 60%. At about 75% i can start to hear the GPU fan above the rest. Overall this pc is nice and quiet. I have the CPU fan set at 50%, and the case fans at 60%. The loudist thing in the build is the Hard drive on spin up.

    "looking at your results u have vsync on lol"
    Yep Vsyn on. Thats the way I play games. Texture tearing on a 24" monitor is pretty ulgy. So for my use it makes sence to me to benchmark it with it on.

    "NEW NVIDIA DRIVERS. 175.19 OUT ALREADY."
    I did the test with 177.35. thought they were the latest.

    "it would be nice to know what card you upgraded from... that would help me in my opinion of it"

    Before I put the 280GTX in I installed A 8800gts 512. The 280 is a nice step up. Higher fps across the board and higher low fps.
    My last PC (now my sons) was an AMD2 6000 @3.3 with 2x8800gts 512 sli. Once agian the 280 scores better and feels better with higher settings. And it has pretty consistant preformance in all games. The SLI set up was sometimes very good and some games not so good.
    For me the lowest FPS is just as important as the highest FPS.
  21. so I can barely run 4xx AA at 1280x1024, but it works at 1920x1200 16xaa @ 50 fps???

    How?
  22. so I can barely run 4xx AA at 1280x1024, but it works at 1920x1200 16xaa @ 50 fps???

    I don't know. I am no pro as I said. I could have made an error.
    Or maybe it's the extra Ram. The "not enough ram" on the 9800 GX2 issuse, maybe?
    The not enough ram on the 9800 gx2 is what kept me from getting one. Had they released a 9800 GX2 with 2 gigs of ram I would have got one. In fact it may be possible the the 9800 GX2 would be the king of the hill, Making the 280 look bad/worse?
  23. Surprised :ouch:
    I was expecting better scores from your card :o
    My E8500 OC'd to 3.8
    4G(2X2G0=) DDR2 800
    8800GTS(512) OC'd to 765/1910/2200(clock/shader/memory)
    Win XP pro 32 bit
    scores 15050 under 3DMark06
    Look at my system in my sig
    Congrads on your rig :hello:
    Just a simple advice, go for 4gigs of RAM
  24. kad said:
    Surprised :ouch:
    I was expecting better scores from your card :o
    My E8500 OC'd to 3.8
    4G(2X2G0=) DDR2 800
    8800GTS(512) OC'd to 765/1910/2200(clock/shader/memory)
    Win XP pro 32 bit
    scores 15050 under 3DMark06
    Look at my system in my sig
    Congrads on your rig :hello:
    Just a simple advice, go for 4gigs of RAM


    If I read the OP right, he has 4GB (2x [2x1]GB)
  25. im running crysis maxed out everything at very high, vsync enabled, no aa, under vista dx10 getting 30fps avg. how do u enable af? thro the control panel?
    my rig:
    intel core 2 quad q6600 @3.0ghz
    msi p6n diamond (X-FI sound)
    4gig of OCZ oc 900mhz
    Nvidia 9800gx2 @ 725/1120
    Lite-On Blue-ray
    500gb x1
    80gb x1
    Antec 500 Earthwatt
    Window vista
    Ultimate 32-bit
    22" lcd acer monitor
    Logitech X-540 5.1 Speaker System
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