NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M

The NVidia GeForce GTX 280M is a high-end graphics card as part of the 200M series and is based on the G92b core (Desktop GeForce 9800 GTX+). Therefore, it is actually more related to the GeForce 9800 GTX+, both performance-wise and architecturally, than to the GTX 280. The chip is produced in 55nm with all 128 pipelines enabled, as opposed to the GT 9800M with only 112 pipelines produced in a 65nm process.

Hybrid Power makes an appearance on the GTX 280M as well, but with much improved performance. Switch times on the graphics card now completes in just a fraction of a second, compared to a full 7 seconds on the 9800M GTX,

As with all DirectX 10 graphics cards, the GeForce GTX 280M renders 3D images using "Unified Shaders". Dedicated pixel and vertex shaders of yesteryear are gone in favor of 128 stream processors running at 1250MHz on the GTX 280M.  The stream processors handle all of the workload that would have otherwise been processed by pixel or vertex shaders. VRAM can be up to 1024 MB GDDR3 clocked at either 800MHz (on MXM2 boards) or 950MHz (on MXM3 boards).

Due to the full 128 shader cores, the GTX 280M is about 10-25% faster than the older 9800M GTX and slightly faster than the 260M. Compared to the performance of the Mobility Radeon HD 4870, the GTX 280M is about equal in synthetic benchmarks, if not slightly lower. The Nvidia card, however, has proven to be slightly faster in games, so the GTX 280M can therefore be rated more highly in terms of real-life performance. Specifically, games with PhysX support (e.g., Mirrors Edge) can have significant performance advantages if PhysX effects are enabled. 

Another feature of the GeForce GTX 280M is the integrated PureVideo HD video processor. The card is able to assist the CPU in decoding of H.264-, VC-1-, MPEG2- and WMV9 video material.

HybridPower is a Windows Vista-only technique used to switch between the integrated (only with Nvidia chipset) and dedicated graphics cores for power-saving purposes. Eventually, Nvidia will have its future chips switch automatically between dedicated or integrated through drivers (now known as Optimus Technology). GeForceBoost is not supported with this card, as there would be no performance gain from combining the integrated GPU with the discrete video card.

A high power consumption of up to 75 Watts (including the VRAM and MXM board) means that only large notebooks with powerful (and possibly loud) cooling systems can run the GTX 280M.

The newer GTX 285M is based on the same core as the GTX 280M, but with only slightly altered clock rates. As a result, the performance of the GeForce GTX285M is very similar to the GTX 280M.

Compared with Desktop graphic cards, the performance can be considered somewhere in between the 9800 GT and the 9800 GTX, the latter of which has considerably higher clock rates at 675/1675/1100MHz.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 200M Series

GeForce GTX 285M SLI

256 @ 576MHz256 Bit @ 1020MHz

GeForce GTX 280M SLI

256 @ 585MHz256 Bit @ 950MHz

GeForce GTX 260M SLI

224 @ 550MHz256 Bit @ 950MHz

GeForce GTX 285M

128 @ 576MHz256 Bit @ 1020MHz
GeForce GTX 280M 128 @ 585MHz256 Bit @ 950MHz

GeForce GTX 260M

112 @ 550MHz256 Bit @ 950MHz
CodenameN10E-GTX
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines128 - unified
Core Speed *585 MHz
Shader Speed *1463 MHz
Memory Speed *950 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistors754 Million
technology55 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX ready
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement02.03.2009
InformationMXM 3
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 5071      avg: 5242.9 (11%)     median: 5257.5 (11%)     max: 5319 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 5314      avg: 6328.4 (16%)     median: 6672 (17%)     max: 6779 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 11767      avg: 12568.5 (42%)     median: 12551 (42%)     max: 13652 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 16800      avg: 18413.6 (50%)     median: 18669 (51%)     max: 20713 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 34632      avg: 35748.5 (24%)     median: 35748.5 (24%)     max: 36865 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 36607      avg: 38713.7 (63%)     median: 38780 (63%)     max: 40754 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4740      avg: 6042 (23%)     median: 6392 (24%)     max: 6652 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4111      avg: 5504.8 (45%)     median: 5276.5 (44%)     max: 7845 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100  fps      Compare
ultra 1280x1024
40 51.5 52.7 ~ 48 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F.E.A.R. 2
high 1280x1024
82.5 86.1 91 ~ 87 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto
low 800x600
48 55.7 63.9 65.3 ~ 58 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
47 53.9 55.7 56.3 ~ 53 fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
33 38.4 39.3 41.5 ~ 38 fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Left 4 Dead
high 1024x768
104 121.2 131.5 ~ 119 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
98  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
62  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis Warhead
low 800x600
76  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
17  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Racedriver: GRID
high 1280x1024
72.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
high 1280x1024
75 78.8 117.5 ~ 90 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Supreme Commander - FA Bench
med. 1024x768
54.6 54.9 56 ~ 55 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
45 45.9 46.1 47.3 ~ 46 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
106 115.4 128.6 139 ~ 122 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
60.9 65.9 66 67 ~ 65 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
43.1 44 45 45.1 48.6 ~ 45 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
95.2 102.1 117.1 ~ 105 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
61.2 66.2 72.4 ~ 67 fps      Compare
high 1024x768
41.2 43.8 47.3 49.5 ~ 45 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
World in Conflict - Benchmark
med. 1024x768
77  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
46  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Juarez Benchmark
high 1024x768
29.3 33 33.1 ~ 32 fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
144  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Counter-Strike Source
high 1024x768
265  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
161  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
160  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo
high 1024x768
695  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.

For more games that might be playable and a list of all games and graphics cards visit our Gaming List

Notebook reviews with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M graphics card

Clevo M980NU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100, 18.4", 5.4 kg
  Review » Hands-On Clevo M980NU Notebook

Deviltech Devil 9700 DTX: Intel Core i7 820QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  Review » Review Deviltech Devil 9700 DTX (W860CU) Notebook

Schenker QXG7: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 4.5 kg
  Review » Review Intel Core i7 Processors in Notebooks

  Review » Review Intel Core i7 Processors in Notebooks

  Review » Review Intel Core i7 Processors in Notebooks

Schenker XMG7.c: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 4 kg
  Review » Review mySN XMG7.c Notebook

AVADirect Clevo D900F Core i7: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 5.5 kg
  External Review » AVADirect Clevo D900F Core i7

AVADirect D900F: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 5.6 kg
  External Review » AVADirect D900F

Clevo M980NU: Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100, 18.4", 5.4 kg
  External Review » Clevo M980NU

Deviltech Devil 9700 DTX: Intel Core i7 820QM, 15.6", 3.5 kg
  External Review » Deviltech Devil 9700 DTX

Deviltech Fragbook DTX: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.3", 4 kg
  External Review » Deviltech Fragbook DTX

Eurocom D900F Panther: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 5.4 kg
  External Review » Eurocom D900F Panther

Eurocom M980NU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900, 18.4", 5.9 kg
  External Review » Eurocom M98NU

Falcon Northwest Fragbook DRX: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 5.5 kg
  External Review » Falcon Northwest Fragbook DRX

Ibuypower Battalion 101 M571TU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9600, 17.0", 3.7 kg
  External Review » Ibuypower Battalion 101 M571TU

Kobalt G860: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 3.4 kg
  External Review » Kobalt G860

Kobalt Mojave: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 17.0", 4 kg
  External Review » Kobalt Computers Mojave

Novatech X1 PRO: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900, 18.4", 5.6 kg
  External Review » Novatech X1 PRO

Novatech X70 CA Pro: Intel Core i7 720QM, 15.6", 3.3 kg
  External Review » Novatech X70 CA Pro

Origin PC EON18: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 18.4", 5.6 kg
  External Review » Origin PC EON18

Rock Xtreme X790-I7-920: Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 920, 17.0", 5.4 kg
  External Review » Rock Xtreme X790-I7-920

Sager NP5797: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 17.0", 3.8 kg
  External Review » Sager NP5797

Sager NP9280: Intel Core i7 720QM, 17.0", 5.2 kg
  External Review » Sager NP9280

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Class 1
GeForce GTX 590
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 580
Radeon HD 6970
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Radeon HD 6870
Radeon HD 5850
Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7770
GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Radeon HD 6790
Radeon HD 5770
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
Class 2
GeForce GTS 450
Radeon HD 4850
Class 3
Radeon HD 5670
GeForce GT 240
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 220
Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
Class 4
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema) *
Class 5
Radeon HD 4350
GeForce G 107M *
PowerVR G6400
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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Author: Klaus Hinum (Update: 2013-01-16)