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Nvidia GeForce GTX 260/280 Review

Arithmetic Power (Tests)

To do that, synthetic tests using procedural textures (which are calculation-intensive) are generally indicated. Of course, Nvidia likes 3DMark Vantage and its Perlin Noise test, with which we measured a performance increase of 129% between the 9800 GTX and the GTX 280. But, given the importance that Nvidia places on that test and the ease with which new drivers can be optimized (differently for the GTX 280 and the 9800 GTX, by the way) to make the test do what one wants it to do (see our article), let’s look first at the results with a forgotten version of RightMark 3D with Pixel Shader 2.0 (Direct3D 9.0). Since the values from the different tests are highly variable, we’ve expressed the results in terms of performance differences to be able to show them on a single chart, with the 9800 GTX as reference.

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The improvement is much more modest, though it’s undeniably there – in fact it’s slighter for the procedural shaders and much more evident with complex lighting effects, with up to a 78% improvement. Now let’s move to Version 2 of RightMark and its arithmetic shaders 4.0 (Direct3D 10.0).

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Here again the gains, while in evidence, are closer to the increase in the floating-point-TO-textures ratio than the figures produced by 3DMark Vantage.

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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
  • 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... :/ )
  • thatguy2001
    Pretty disappointing. And here I was thinking that the gtx 280 was supposed to put the 9800gx2 to shame. Not too good.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MooseMuffin
    Loud, power hungry, expensive and not a huge performance improvement. Nice job nvidia.
  • 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.
  • vochtige
    i think i'll get a 8800ultra. i'll be safe for the next 5 generations of nvidia! try harder nv crew