Guys guys guys, everyone friggin relax. This early test, if accurate, is based off of a pre-release card with pre-release drivers. We were seeing the same inconsistent results with the 9800 GX2, and the GX2 was a blessing for many (I was able to touch just under 20,000 in 3DMark06 with my GX2 and E8400).
Wait for the card to be released, to have some official drivers, and some OC results along with it. We may be seeing some crazy results after some strong OCIng with these GTX 280's, and even more so with SLI and WCing builds. The real potential of a good flagship comes from its overclocking performance, its cooling, and its SLI scaling (with SLI setups, that is).
Of course, the price/performance ratio is important to many, including myself. I am currently using an eVGA 9600 GT after selling my GX2 for financial reasons, and I have to say that this is one of the best price/performance ratio situations I have ever seen. 12.5k in 3Dmark 06 with a $140 video card? Not bad, and it performs extremely well for being such a cheap card, and SLI scaling with these is also very nice.
Anyway, as before in the case of the pre-release [and rather inconsistent] results of the 9800 GX2, don't jump to conclusions based on early tests with beta drivers. I'm sure the GTX 280 will be a great card.
Originally Posted by Slinkey123
50% increase i doubt that. Nvidia driver updates rarely improve the performance.
I whole-heartedly disagree with that. From when the GX2 was first released and when [I believe it was] the 2nd update came about, I noticed smoother gameplay and about a 5 FPS average increase in Crysis. 5 FPS can go a LONG way in games like Crysis.Edited by sgtdisturbed47 - 6/15/08 at 3:32pm