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XFX GeForce GTX 280 XXX Edition - Final Thoughts

One of the more aggressive graphics card overclockers; XFX attack the GTX 280 and bump the memory way up.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 23, 2008 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: XFX

Final Thoughts

 

XFX has done a good job with finding a very high clock on the memory, but it would have been nice to see the core be bumped to 700MHz out of the box. A little overclocking saw the card had no issue at 700MHz, so it does come as a little surprise that XFX didn't aim for the 100MHz overclock on the core.

 

It's good to see that XFX has also taken the time to include a recent full version game which makes it more appealing; the package on the whole is pretty standard with the normal cables and paperwork, but the little sign to hang off your door knob is a nice extra which we also saw in the XFX 9600GT Alpha Dog.

 

Unfortunately this all comes at a price, and the XXX edition from XFX is one of the more expensive GTX 280s on the market. That's no real surprise though, since it's also one of the highest clocked at the moment, but DIY overclockers will probably find themselves looking for a cheaper option. The good thing about the XFX offering, however, is that you're guaranteed a 2500MHz memory clock, which is pretty attractive.

 

XFX has done a good job with the GTX 280 and the massive overclock gives it another speed bump. While we continue to feel disappointed with the fact that we don't have a huge boost in performance over the last generation 9800 GX2, the fact remains that NVIDIA has been able to place the power of the two cores into a single one while adding new technologies such as CUDA and PhysX.

 

Hopefully we begin to see some games under NVIDIAs "Way it's meant to be played" umbrella make use of physics and really begin to offer gamers a completely new gaming experience.

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