As mentioned in another GTX 280 reviews, if this card was reviewed a few weeks earlier the overall thought process on the card would be completely different. But thanks to the recent price drop, the GTX 280 really begins to resemble a bit of value for money.
What's going to be interesting now, though, is what AMD do with the HD 4870 X2. This card could really shake the GTX 280 up a bit. It's going to depend on a lot of things though; like price, availability and of course performance.
Like most companies, GIGABYTE haven't done a whole lot with the GTX 280, but their pricing is competitive and they offer an extra years warranty over some off the cheaper brands, which for some people is a plus.
It would have been nice to see a game bundled with the card, but really, we have everything we need to get up and running. If you find yourself looking for a GTX 280 that follows the reference mould at a good price, the GIGABYTE GTX 280 is a good option.
If you find yourself wanting a bit more power and don't really want to spend any more money, take the time to download a free program like Rivatuner and overclock the card yourself for some free FPS or 3Dmarks.
You can't really go wrong with a reference designed GTX 280. With that said, you can't really go wrong with the GIGABYTE one.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - PT Boats: Knights of the Sea]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 16 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 17 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 18 [Final Thoughts]
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