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Nvidia GeForce GTX 260/280 Review

Crysis

Crysis is still attracting a surprising and ongoing amount of attention, with the rumors around the end of the embargo period on the new Nvidia cards adding to its noted power-hungriness. Here’s what we found (note that we tested the game with a new scene that’s less power-intensive than the preceding one).

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Due to the game’s power demands (we chose to test it at the same resolutions as the other cards this time), the hierarchy you see in the graphs reflects the results without filters, since they’re more pertinent. Is Crysis playable at 1920*1200 on the GTX 280? Yes, but less playable than with the 9800 GX2 with our test scene! Only once antialiasing was enabled did the 280 hold its own, but the frame rate became a little too low to play in Very High detail mode. So the only problem is that while in three of the four resolutions the GTX 280 was clearly ahead of the 9800 GX2 with Crysis, they happen to be the resolutions where the game is unfortunately not always playable. And that’s despite the more-than-doubled performance at 2560*1600 and the fact that the new cards are the only ones – except for the 8800 Ultra – that can really render the game with antialiasing added. So that was a bit of a disappointment.

  • BadMannerKorea
    FIRST OMFG NVIDIA pwns!
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  • Lunarion
    what a POS, the 9800gx2 is $150+ cheaper and performs just about the same. Let's hope the new ATI cards coming actually make a difference
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  • foxhound009
    woow,.... that's the new "high end" gpu????
    lolz.. 3870 x2 wil get cheaper... and nvidia gtx200 lies on the shelves providing space for dust........
    (I really expectede mmore from this one... :/ )
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  • thatguy2001
    Pretty disappointing. And here I was thinking that the gtx 280 was supposed to put the 9800gx2 to shame. Not too good.
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  • cappster
    Both cards are priced out of my price range. Mainstream decently priced cards sell better than the extreme high priced cards. I think Nvidia is going to lose this round of "next gen" cards and price to performance ratio to ATI. I am a fan of whichever company will provide a nice performing card at a decent price (sub 300 dollars).
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  • njalterio
    Very disappointing, and I had to laugh when they compared the prices for the GTX 260 and the GTX 280, $450 and $600, calling the GTX 260 "nearly half the price" of the GTX 280. Way to fail at math. lol.
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  • NarwhaleAu
    It is going to get owned by the 4870x2. In some cases the 3870x2 was quicker - not many, but we are talking 640 shaders total vs. 1600 total for the 4870x2.
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  • MooseMuffin
    Loud, power hungry, expensive and not a huge performance improvement. Nice job nvidia.
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  • compy386
    This should be great news for AMD. The 4870 is rumored to come in at 40% above the 9800GTX so that would put it at about the 260GTX range. At $300 it would be a much better value. Plus AMD was expecting to price it in the $200s so even if it hits low, AMD can lower the price and make some money.
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  • vochtige
    i think i'll get a 8800ultra. i'll be safe for the next 5 generations of nvidia! try harder nv crew
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