Final Assessment and Rating
Performance Summary: Summarizing the performance of MSI's N280GTX-T2D1GOC GeForce GTX 280 card is relatively painless as there aren't any grand revelations to explain. In all of the tests we put the MSI card through, we observed highly competitive performance compared to other GeForce GTX 280 cards in our tests and other graphics cards in its weight-class. Though the N280GTX-T2D1GOC is clocked slightly slower than our competing reference GTX 280 cards from Asus and EVGA, the performance delta was completely negligible and not significant enough to exhibit any perceivable real-world performance variance. We'd also add that end users could easily overclock the card to identical specifications of other overclocked offerings on the market, if they so choose.
Since the MSI N280GTX-T2D1GOC doesn't offer any real stand-out specifications or features, in the final analysis, price plays an important role in our overall perspective of the product. Fortunately, this is a strong suit currently for NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 cards in the market, where heavy price cuts have already been levied that offer the consumer a much better value in the product compared to its cost structure back on launch day.
Currently, you can find the MSI N280GTX-T2D1GOC card at places like NewEgg for around $418 after $25 mail-in rebate. This places MSI's version of the GeForce GTX 280 right in the middle of the hunt for some of the best values available for NVIDIA's new flagship GPU. Though we were rather unimpressed by MSI's lack-luster bundle with this graphics card, as well as its modest factory-set overclock, the net-net of this frugal configuration is a competitively priced high-end graphics card that knocks out some of the best frame rates and visuals in 3D graphics that are currently available on the market.