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.