NVIDIA GTX 280 Performance Revealed - MSI N280GTX
Quake 4 & Unreal Tournament 3
Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. Benchmarking was performed using Quake4Bench and a custom timedemo recording. The benchmark was set to run a total of 5 times, with Quake4Bench automatically calculating an average result at the end of the run.
Once again, the GTX 280 tops the charts, managing a very reasonable 85FPS at 1900x1200. Ironically, this is almost exactly the same result as the 9800GX2 managed at 1280x1024, yet again showing the potential that the GTX 280 has when combined with certain game engines.
Unreal Tournament 3 is the highly anticipated game from Epic Games and Midway. The game uses the latest Unreal engine, which combines fast gameplay along with high quality textures and lighting effects. All benchmarks were performed using UTbench with a fly-by of the DM-BioHazard map. As usual, all benchmarks were performed 5 times, with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
Being based on the same game engine (UE3) as BioShock, the final result is quite similar. The 9800GX2 takes the limelight yet again, with the GTX 280 in a close 2nd position and the 9800GTX left to fight it out with the AMD counterparts. Interestingly, the 9800GX2 doesn't take much of a dip in performance when increasing the resolution to 1900x1200 whereas the GTX 280 drops by around 30FPS. This could possibly indicate that as the FPS approaches 200, the CPU becomes the bottleneck, thus capping the results.
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