NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

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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).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 200M Series
GeForce GTX 285M SLI (compare) 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI 256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M SLI (compare) 224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M (compare) 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M 128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M (compare) 112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M SLI (compare) 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI 256 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M SLI (compare) 224 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 285M (compare) 128 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M 128 @ 585 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
GeForce GTX 260M (compare) 112 @ 550 MHz256 Bit @ 950 MHz
CodenameN10E-GTXN10E-GTX
ArchitectureG9xG9x
128 - 256 -
Core585 MHz585 MHz
Shader1463 MHz1463 MHz
Memory950 MHz950 MHz
Bus256 Bit256 Bit
MemoryGDDR3GDDR3
Max. Memory1024 MB2048 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 10, 4.0DirectX 10, 4.0
Transistors754 Million1508 Million
Technology55 nm55 nm
FeaturesHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX readyHybridPower, PureVideo HD, CUDA, PhysX ready
Size
Introduced02.03.2009 02.03.2009
MXM 3MXM 3
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_gef...

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 36607     avg: 38713.7     median: 38780 (40%)     max: 40754 Points
min: 37453     avg: 38453     median: 38453 (40%)     max: 39453 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 34632     avg: 35748.5     median: 35748 (19%)     max: 36865 Points
min: 57010     avg: 57552.5     median: 57552 (30%)     max: 58095 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 16800     avg: 18413.6     median: 18669 (36%)     max: 20713 Points
min: 19180     avg: 19267.5     median: 19267 (37%)     max: 19355 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - 3ds Max 1280x1024
10.2 fps (21%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Catia 1280x1024
12.3 fps (26%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - EnSight 1280x1024
15.5 fps (33%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Maya 1280x1024
20.9 fps (11%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - Pro/Engeneer 1280x1024
10 fps (20%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - SolidWorks 1280x1024
11 fps (16%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS Teamcenter 1280x1024
3.4 fps (9%)
SPEC Viewperf 10.0 - UGS NX 1280x1024
5 fps (10%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU Games
5.9 Points (98%)
Windows Vista Experience Index - GPU
5.9 Points (98%)
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI → 112%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
100  fps
105%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
105  fps
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
40 51.5 52.7 ~ 48 fps
78%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
37.6  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
312  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
145  fps
high 1280x1024
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
120  fps
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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F.E.A.R. 2

F.E.A.R. 2

2009
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
180 208.8 ~ 194 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
127.5  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
82.5 86.1 91 ~ 87 fps
138%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
116.9 123.1 ~ 120 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
48 55.7 63.9 65.3 ~ 58 fps
97%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
46.1 65.4 ~ 56 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
47 53.9 55.7 56.3 ~ 53 fps
85%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
44.6 45.2 ~ 45 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
33 38.4 39.3 41.5 ~ 38 fps
129%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
35.5 62.2 ~ 49 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead

2008
low 640x480
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
165  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
104 121.2 131.5 ~ 119 fps
87%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
104  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Far Cry 2

Far Cry 2

2008
low 640x480
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
98  fps
93%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
91.6  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
62  fps
82%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
50.8  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Crysis Warhead

Crysis Warhead

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
76  fps
96%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
73  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
17  fps
206%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
35  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
122 208.8 ~ 165 fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
81 127.5 ~ 104 fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
72.8  fps
133%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
77 116.9 ~ 97 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
237.2  fps
med. 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
175.3  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
75 78.8 117.5 ~ 90 fps
124%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
105.9 119 ~ 112 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
low 1024x768
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
77.2  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
54.6 54.9 56 ~ 55 fps
122%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
67.2  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
45 45.9 46.1 47.3 ~ 46 fps
140%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
64.6  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
106 115.4 128.6 139 ~ 122 fps
87%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
102.6 108.5 ~ 106 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
60.9 65.9 66 67 ~ 65 fps
99%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
64.1  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
43.1 44 45 45.1 48.6 ~ 45 fps
118%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
52 53.2 ~ 53 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
95.2 102.1 117.1 ~ 105 fps
118%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
123.5 124.8 ~ 124 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
61.2 66.2 72.4 ~ 67 fps
98%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
65.4  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
41.2 43.8 47.3 49.5 ~ 45 fps
104%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
41.3 53.2 ~ 47 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
77  fps
61%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
47  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
46  fps
161%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
74  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
29.3 33 33.1 ~ 32 fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
144  fps
91%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
130.8  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
267  fps
high 1280x1024
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
52  fps
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Counter-Strike Source

Counter-Strike Source

2004
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
265  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Doom 3

Doom 3

2004
low 640x480
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
161  fps
135%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
217.1  fps
ultra 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
160  fps
135%
GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
215.7  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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GeForce GTX 280M SLI:
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Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

Quake 3 Arena - Timedemo

1999
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 280M:
695  fps
GeForce GTX 280M:
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Average Gaming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M SLI → 112%

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