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http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/146...ion/index.html

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Final Thoughts

So, that’s the GTX 280. There is no doubt that you’re probably left as underwhelmed as myself at the moment. The rumors that the card was going to be 1.5x faster than the 9800 GX2 were clearly un-true, which is disappointing. But at the same time, it’s probably a bit optimistic.

There are definitely some good things about the card; the performance we got in World in Conflict with AA and AF on is extremely impressive and does show that the card has massive potential.

The other thing that is worth noting is that we still don’t have a PhysX driver for the card, which is a bit of a joke I must say. It seems that NVIDIA these days is so rushed to get the cards out the door that the drivers aren’t yet ready to make full use of the card. This was also seen with the release of the GX2 were the Quad SLI driver wasn’t available at launch.
pretty much as expected, only decently better, but has a huge advantage in mem bandwidth.. but not many things make use of it..

i think ati is happy
Edited by shinyboy - 6/16/08 at 1:51am
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Nice find my man...looks like an official type review

Very nice scores in vantage
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I like how you left this bit out.

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The other thing is that unlike the 9800 GX2 we tested with today, the GTX 280 is overclocked out of the box from ZOTAC, making the card a little faster than the stock clocked offerings that we will no doubt see.

So what are my actual thoughts on the card? – Okay, yes it’s nice that we’ve got the performance of two GPUs on one card that takes less power, but at the moment an immature driver doesn’t give us the gains that we probably expected to see with a 512-bit memory interface and an increase in stream processors. Do I think that the GTX 280 is going to be performing significantly better in a months’ time? - Absolutely! Will it be too late? - We’re not too sure.

The other thing I have to say before I wrap this all up is that I’ve tested the HD 4850, and I’ve tested it in Crossfire. Now, if I hadn’t tested those cards I may have been more impressed with the GTX 280, but I have. I’ve seen the performance figures the cards put out. We also know the price on a pair of HD 4850s is going to be under $600 AUD, while the new GTX 280 in stock form seems to be launching at the absolute cheapest in Australia in the low $700 AUD area. Ouch.
Not being an "Nvidia fanboy" (if you think i am go look up some of my posts in the ATi threads). I just don't want the GTX 280 to get the same treatment as the 3870X2 when that was first benched.
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I think the 280 will ipmrove through drivers but like that review says, will it be too late. If ATI release the 48xx series with good drivers then they might have an edge especially considering ATI have been generally better with their drivers
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Ummm, ouch?

Not looking very beastly to me so far.
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damn did they take the review down? i made it to page 16/18 and now its not working on any page
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seems like it's been removed
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Yep, looks like they axed it.



For those of you who missed it, it wasn't anything special, in fact a bit dissapointing considering the cost of the card. ATI has a great oppurtunity here.
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Lol they took down the article already...
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Originally Posted by iandh View Post
Yep, looks like they axed it.



For those of you who missed it, it wasn't anything special, in fact a bit disappointing considering the cost of the card. ATI has a great opportunity here.
they axed it... but thanks for the heads up
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