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ASUS ENGTX280 TOP GeForce GTX 280 Graphics Card

NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX 280 and GTX 260 graphics cards on June 17, 2008. Both are based on the NVIDIA GT200 GPU which uses NVIDIA's improved, second-generation unified architecture. The new GT200 GPU, features amongst other things :

  • 240 stream processors
  • Twice the number of registers
  • Fast local 16k shared memory (per cluster of 8 stream processors)
  • New texture scheduler
  • Double precision accuracy
  • 3X ROP blending performance

As one of NVIDIA's biggest retail partner, ASUS has no less than seven different GTX 280 models. They consist of three versions, each available with or without HDMI support. The three major versions are the basic ENGTX280, the ENGTX280/G game bundle kit and the top-of-the-line ENGTX280 TOP or OC overclocked edition. The card we are reviewing is the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP which ASUS says is 12% faster than "regular" GeForce GTX 280 cards.

To find out more, read our Comprehensive Review!

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Models

• ASUS ENGTX280 TOP/HTDP/1G (with HDCP support)

Graphics Engine

• NVIDIA GT200

Stream Processors

• 240

Vertex Shader Version

• 4.0

Pixel Shader Version

• 4.0

Textures Per Clock

• Average 80

ROPs

• 32

Core Clock

• 670 MHz

Shader Clock

• 1460 MHz

Fill Rate

• 53,600 MTexels/s
• 21,440 MPixels/s

Graphics Memory

• 1024 MB GDDR3

Graphics Memory Clock

• 1215 MHz (2.43 GHz DDR)

Memory Bus Width

• 512-bits

Memory Bandwidth

• 155.5 GB/s

Bus Support

• PCI Express 2.0 x16

NVIDIA SLI Support

• 2-Way SLI
• 3-Way SLI

RAMDAC

• Two integrated 400 MHz RAMDACs

CRT Max. Resolution

• 2048 x 1536

DVI Max. Resolution

• 2560 x 1600

Display Support

• Two dual-linked HDCP-enabled DVI-I ports
• One 7-pin HDTV-out port

Card Size

• 11.12 cm (4.376 inches) tall
• 26.67 cm (10.5 inches) long

Bundled Accessories

• DVI-to-VGA adaptor
• HDTV-out cable
• PCI Express power cable
• 8-pin power cable adaptor
• Faux leather CD wallet
• Faux leather mouse pad

Software Bundle

• ASUS Utilities & Driver CDs

Warranty

• 3 Year Warranty

 

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