NVIDIA is on the warpath once again and like a rampant machine they keep making progress in the area of GPU technology pushing the envelope just a bit farther than previously attained. Fast video cards that push pixels and framerates beyond anything the competition can bring to the table has been NVIDIAís claim to fame, and the new GTX 280 series once again validates that point. When NVIDIA first announced we would see a new card just after seeing the latest release of the 9800GTX just a few months back I thought it was just going to be a little bump in the performance and rumor had it around the globe that the new 9900GTX was coming to town. I held out on posting that rumor as I was specifically told that a new chipset was coming, but that the nomenclature of 9900 was not it. The birth of the new GT200 chipset was the only truth in that rumor.
The new GTX280 is something that very much surprised me in how well it was supposed to work and my first impressions were very positive to say the least. EVGA was kind enough to provide us their FTW Edition of their GTX280 series and it is clocked much higher than the reference edition offering superior performance and faster gaming framerates than ever seen before. EVGA is known for their overclocking abilities in both the VGA and motherboard market and have many NVIDIA based products that have won the hearts of PC enthusiasts across the globe. NVIDIA is becoming more and more aggressive in their chipset development and are putting Mooreís Law to the test by releasing new technology with shorter and shorter time delays between releases. This card has less hype and more meat than any release yet and was kept under tight wraps until a few days before its release, letís see how fast this new overclocked FTW Edition card really is and what itís made up of.