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Nvidia GeForce GTX 260/280 Review

ROPs

There’s a pleasant surprise with the ROPs, too – they’ve increased in number from 24 on the G80 (16 on the G92) to 32. To be sure that they’re completely used, Nvidia has now introduced a 512-bit bus, which will surely be, given the characteristics of this GPU, more useful than the one on the R600.

gtx 260 280

With a 78% gain between the GTX 280 and the 9800 GTX, we’re exactly in line with the theoretical figure, since the doubling of the ROPs is impacted by the drop in frequency (675 MHz on the 9800 GTX).

And since we’re on the subject of AMD, we should note that it’s becoming more and more urgent for them to review their high-end GPU, still desperately clinging to 16 texture units and 16 ROPs since the X800 in 2004! Whereas AMD’s GPUs remain competitive on the level of raw processing power, on the other points they’re beginning to be seriously outdistanced by Nvidia, who’ve been making improvements with each new generation. Let’s hope that the new AMD architecture, which should be making its appearance soon, will close the gap.

That said, the results for the HD 3870 X2 are an opportunity to point out that while ATI is outdistanced in the number of units per chip, don’t forget that the manufacturer’s new strategy is to put bi-GPU cards up against single-GPU cards from Nvidia! That point, plus a GPU frequency that’s still higher (825 MHz) puts the 3870 X2 in front on this test, which is highly synthetic but valid.

  • 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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