NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI is a graphics solution that combines two Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M cards in an SLI setup. As not every game supports SLI efficiently, the performance increase compared to a single card is only about 0-40%. The most frequently used technique is Alternate Frame Rendering (AFR), where one card renders every odd frame while the second card renders every even frame. Due to the SLI setup, users may experience micro stuttering due to the irregular delays between sequential frames.

Each of the two GeForce GTX 280M is based on the G92b core and is produced in 55nm. It features the full 128 pipelines of the G92b and is therefore more comparable to the desktop 9800M GTX+ than the desktop GTX 280.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI is bundled with the GeForce 9400M G chipset (for laptops based on the Core 2 Duo) and therefore supports HybridPower if supported by the manufacturer. With HybridPower, both GTX cards can be disabled and only the chipset graphics core can run, leading to longer battery life (and possibly less fan noise). Modern Core i7 laptops use an Intel chipset and do not support HybridPower.

Since there are two GTX 280 cards active in SLI, the electric current consumption and exhumed heat are about twice as much as what a single GTX 280M can produce. Due to the large power and cooling requirements, this SLI combination is usually reserved for large desktop replacement (DTR) laptops (like the Alienware M17x).

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
Pipelines256 - unified
Core Speed *585 MHz
Shader Speed *1463 MHz
Memory Speed *950 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Power Consumption150 Watt
Transistors1508 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: 9649      avg: 9946.5 (22%)     median: 9946.5 (22%)     max: 10244 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 8728      avg: 9435 (24%)     median: 9435 (24%)     max: 10142 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 14340      avg: 15019 (50%)     median: 15000 (50%)     max: 15717 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 19180      avg: 19267.5 (52%)     median: 19267.5 (52%)     max: 19355 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 57010      avg: 57552.5 (38%)     median: 57552.5 (38%)     max: 58095 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 37453      avg: 38453 (63%)     median: 38453 (63%)     max: 39453 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 4379      avg: 4811.5 (18%)     median: 4811.5 (18%)     max: 5244 Points
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10.23      avg: 10.2 (21%)     median: 10.2 (21%)     max: 10.23 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 12.26      avg: 12.3 (26%)     median: 12.3 (26%)     max: 12.26 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 15.46      avg: 15.5 (33%)     median: 15.5 (33%)     max: 15.46 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 20.9      avg: 20.9 (11%)     median: 20.9 (11%)     max: 20.9 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 10      avg: 10 (20%)     median: 10 (20%)     max: 10 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 11.04      avg: 11 (16%)     median: 11 (16%)     max: 11.04 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 3.35      avg: 3.4 (9%)     median: 3.4 (9%)     max: 3.35 fps
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 4.98      avg: 5 (10%)     median: 5 (10%)     max: 4.98 fps
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4835      avg: 5197 (43%)     median: 5197 (43%)     max: 5559 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
0% 100%
min: 5.9      avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 Points
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
0% 100%
min: 5.9      avg: 5.9 (87%)     median: 5.9 (87%)     max: 5.9 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
105  fps      Compare
ultra 1280x1024
37.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
312  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
145  fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
120  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F.E.A.R. 2
low 800x600
180 208.8 ~ 194 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
127.5  fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
116.9 123.1 ~ 120 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto
low 800x600
46.1 65.4 ~ 56 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
44.6 45.2 ~ 45 fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
35.5 62.2 ~ 49 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Left 4 Dead
low 640x480
165  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
104  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
91.6  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
50.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis Warhead
low 800x600
73  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
35  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Racedriver: GRID
low 800x600
122 208.8 ~ 165 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
81 127.5 ~ 104 fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
77 116.9 ~ 97 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare
low 800x600
237.2  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
175.3  fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
105.9 119 ~ 112 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Supreme Commander - FA Bench
low 1024x768
77.2  fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
67.2  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
64.6  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - GPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
102.6 108.5 ~ 106 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
64.1  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
52 53.2 ~ 53 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Crysis - CPU Benchmark
low 1024x768
123.5 124.8 ~ 124 fps      Compare
med. 1024x768
65.4  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
41.3 53.2 ~ 47 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
World in Conflict - Benchmark
med. 1024x768
47  fps      Compare
high 1024x768
74  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark
high 1024x768
130.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
World of Warcraft
low 800x600
267  fps      Compare
high 1280x1024
52  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
217.1  fps      Compare
ultra 1024x768
215.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.

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 SLI graphics card

Alienware M17x: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 17.0", 5.8 kg
  Review » Review Alienware M17x Gaming Notebook

Cyber System QX18: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900, 18.4", 5.4 kg
  Review » Review Clevo M980NU Notebook

Alienware M17x: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300, 17.0", 5.8 kg
  External Review » Alienware M17x

Cyber System QX18: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900, 18.4", 5.4 kg
  External Review » Cyber System QX18

MALIBAL Veda: Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 18.4", 5.7 kg
  External Review » Malibal Veda

Rock Xtreme 840SLI: Intel Core 2 Extreme X9100, 18.4", 6 kg
  External Review » Rock Xtreme 840SLI

Schenker XMG8: Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, 18.4", 5.6 kg
  External Review » mySN XMG8

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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 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 *
Chrome9HD *
Class 6
unknown *

* Approximate position of the graphics adapter

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