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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 (compare) 256 @ 576 MHz256 Bit @ 1020 MHz
GeForce GTX 280M SLI (compare) 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-GTX
ArchitectureG9x
Pipelines128 - unified
Core Speed585 MHz
Shader Speed1463 MHz
Memory Speed950 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3
Max. Amount of Memory1024 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 10, Shader 4.0
Transistor Count754 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...

Benchmarks

3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 36607     avg: 38713.7     median: 38780 (40%)     max: 40754 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 34632     avg: 35748.5     median: 35748.5 (20%)     max: 36865 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 16800     avg: 18413.6     median: 18669 (40%)     max: 20713 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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.
high 1280x1024
82.5 86.1 91 ~ 87 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
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.
high 1024x768
104 121.2 131.5 ~ 119 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 800x600
76  fps    + Compare
ultra 1024x768
17  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
high 1280x1024
75 78.8 117.5 ~ 90 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
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.
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.
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.
high 1024x768
29.3 33 33.1 ~ 32 fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
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.
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