GTX 280 with Core i7-965 benchmarks at Ultra Quality quality settings

For the most part, the GTX 280 is still capable of playing modern games, but you would have to reduce settings to sustain those higher framerates. If keeping graphics quality settings closer to ultra or high is important, there are a few options for upgrades. This combination between GTX 280 and Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.20GHz has less than 15% bottleneck in many games and can cause minor FPS loss. Deciding whether to invest so much money in a high-end GPU like GTX 280 requires careful thought. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
Price $ 649 2/5 Acceptable
Year 2008 1/5 Weak
Series GTX 280
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 5/5 Excellent
Max Fan Noise dB 5/5 Excellent
Recommended Power Supply W 5/5 Excellent
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-965 @ 3.20GHz ($139.99)
CPU Impact on FPS + 0 FPS 5/5 Excellent
CPU Impact on FPS % 0%
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 46 FPS 3/5 Good
Average 1440p Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Average 4K Performance 0 FPS 1/5 Weak
Memory GB 1/5 Weak
Overall Combination Score 41/100 Good
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Game Performance at Ultra Quality settings

Resolution 1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
2011 Portal 2
92 FPS
2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
32 FPS
2010 Starcraft II
41 FPS
2008 Crysis: Warhead
22 FPS

Resolution 2560x1440

Year Game Frames Per Second

Resolution 3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second

GTX 280 Specifications

Board Design

Board NumberP651
Length10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs2x DVI1x S-Video
Power Connectors1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slot
TDP236 W

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock602 MHz
Memory Clock1107 MHz 2214 MHz effective
Shader Clock1296 MHz

Graphics Card

Bus InterfacePCIe 2.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 200
Launch Price649 USD
Release DateJun 16th, 2008

Graphics Features

Shader Model4

Graphics Processor

ArchitectureTesla 2.0
Die Size576 mm²
GPU NameGT200
GPU VariantG200-302-A2
Process Size65 nm
Transistors1,400 million


Bandwidth141.7 GB/s
Memory Bus512 bit
Memory Size1024 MB
Memory TypeGDDR3

Render Config

SM Count10
Shading Units240

Theoretical Performance

FP32 (float) performance622.1 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance77.76 GFLOPS (1:8)
Pixel Rate19.26 GPixel/s
Texture Rate48.16 GTexel/s

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