We had two separate test systems for the GeForce GTX 280, one on Windows XP SP2 and the other using Windows Vista SP1. This was done in order to run some of the newer, more extreme benchmarks that required DirectX 10, while keeping the older system as a reference point for some of the results. In the future, we should be moving over completely to a newer, Windows Vista based test system but for the moment, here are the configurations that we used:
We compared the GeForce GTX 280 against existing high-end GPUs from both ATI and NVIDIA, including the GeForce 9800 GX2, GeForce 9800 GTX and the Radeon HD 3870 X 2 and a CrossFireX pair of Radeon HD 3870 X2. As for the graphics drivers, the GeForce GTX 280 was tested using the latest ForceWare 177.34 from NVIDIA for both the Windows XP and Vista versions. The other NVIDIA cards were running ForceWare 175.16 while the ATI cards were on Catalyst 8.5.
The following benchmarks were tested using their built-in time demo or benchmarking tools:
For Windows XP:
For Windows Vista