MSI N280GTX-T2D1GOC, GeForce GTX 280 Redux - HotHardware

MSI N280GTX-T2D1GOC, GeForce GTX 280 Redux

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To look closely at the MSI N280GTX is to look at any standard NVIDIA reference design layout of the GeForce GTX 280.  There are no other distinguishing features of this card versus other off-the-shelf designs, save for its custom MSI decal with what appears to be a rather angry cyber-Ogre of some sort emblazoned on it. 

 

 

Again, like all stock GeForce GTX 280 cards (and we've yet to see any non-standard cards), the N280GTX from MSI is 10.5 inches long, which means it will extend about an inch over the width of an average full-sized ATX motherboard.  It also employs a two slot cooler design but will plug into any standard PCI Express X16 slot, preferably one that is PCIe 2.0 enabled.  This is not a hard requirement, however, since these cards are PCI Express gen 1 backwards compatible as well.  In terms of the GPU cooler itself, NVIDIA's reference design squirrel-cage fansink assembly does a nice job of managing heat while not proving offensive to the ear, even under heavy loads.

In terms of power requirements, as with all GTX 280 cards, you'll need both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power cables to run this card, in addition to a robust power supply capable of pushing at least 235 watts accross its 12V rail(s) for graphics alone.  Finally, the MSI N280GTX-T2D-1GOC is also overclocked to a 650MHz core clock, as shipped from the factory, which is about 48MHz over NVIDIA's reference design spec of 602MHz.  This should offer a bit more performance in GPU-intensive situations but will also increase power consumption just a hair as well.  The card's 1GB of frame buffer memory, however, is clocked at 1150MHz (2300MHz effective), just like NVIDIA's reference design.

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Nvidia still has a hill to climb yet with all the failures and of course the 4870 and the x2 it caught between some silicon and a hard place.

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warlord:

Nvidia still has a hill to climb yet with all the failures and of course the 4870 and the x2 it caught between some silicon and a hard place.



from what ive seen the 280 can still hold its own, and is about 100-150 cheaper! so it isnt exactly a bad deal at all. for 100 dollars less you still get amazing performance and you get the ability to tri-sli them. i say that while amd is top dog now, it also has a lot to do with bang for buck, i say the 4870 is perfect in the price range it is in, and for the people who want great performance but cant shell out 550, i say the 280 is great.

 

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I'm loving the competition! I so glad that the 4870x2 isn't $650 or more. Prices are awesome right now.

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bob_on_the_cob:

I'm loving the competition! I so glad that the 4870x2 isn't $650 or more. Prices are awesome right now.

radeon 9700 times were a beast. top video card for only 250... cmon man whats not to love? you had the new dx, top notch performance and only 250... i miss days when a video cards was under 400 (im talking about TOP models)

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Me to but it is much better than it has been. I just picked up a 9600gt for $85. Ita not the top performere but it is a really fas card that was selling for $200 a few months back.

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Yeah things are good with  prices falling and competitiion rising again.

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