It was good to take the time to go visit IBuyPower Australia and see what the GTX 280 was capable of when placed in a higher clocked environment. For the most part the overclocked QX9650 processor used here did manage to breathe a bit more life into the card.
It's nice to see the card get a significant boost in some situations, but as you can see some games aren't always a matter of simply adding more CPU power. It's clear that some games want more graphics card power, and for that reason we will be diving into SLI multi GPU setups later on tonight, so keep an eye out for some 4GHz SLI love.
Has my opinion changed on the GTX 280 from earlier in the night? - No, not really; it still feels a bit lack luster and flat. What we hope to see though is that the GTX 280 really begins to shine in an SLI environment. The only problem I can see is that if the card begins to really shine in SLI, we're looking at $1200+ USD or $1500+ AUD setup costs, which is far from cheap.
There is no doubt that the GTX 280 does love the extra GHz that is on offer from the IBP system, and for the most part we do see some excellent gains in applications. We can see that when running PT Boats at 2560 x 1600, the difference between the two setups was that the game would be playable at 2560 on the IBP system while you would probably be a bit disappointed plodding along on the 3GHz system.
Keep an eye out for some SLI testing and we will really see what the 4GHz beast from IBP is capable of.
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