EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review :: EVGA GTX280 FTW Edition Layout

06-16-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock

The EVGA GTX 280 FTW card is similar in most respects to the NVIDIA reference card as far as looks go with the main difference being the card art from EVGA. The cooler is a 2-slot cooler with EVGAís logo and the GTX logo prominent on the front side of the card. The fan itself is a 53-fin fan that covers the rear of the PCB to keep the capacitors cool. I am sure many aftermarket liquid cooler guruís will have liquid coolers available for these cards in the near future.


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review

The rear of the PCB has a vent that allows airflow from the rear of the card to cool the chip on the front. This is the first time an NVIDIA video chip has cooling on the rear of the PCB as well as the front. Itís interesting to note that the EVGA card follows the NVIDIA reference design exactly with only the paint job being different from an outside view. The overclocking is the backbone of the FTW series of cards not the artwork. Almost every NVIDIA partner will adopt to us the NVIDIA reference design as it is the fastest way to market.


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review

There are two bridges for SLI connectivity on the top left hand portion of the PCB. This means that the GTX280 will be able to run in Tri-SLI mode as well as regular two card SLI mode. Tri-SLI requires three GTX280 cards and two bridges or a Tri-SLI bridge connector. It also requires a hefty power supply, as a single GTX280 requires a maximum of 236W of power and three would require 678W of power by themselves. NVIDIA will list compatible tested motherboards after launch and I am sure there will be many motherboards supporting this new series of cards as they get qualified.


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review

The GTX280 is a PCI Express Generation 2.0 card. This means that the data transfer rate between the GTX280 and the motherboard is up to 8GB/second, twice that of PCI Express Generation 1.0. Note that the GTX280 is a long card being 10.5Ē long and weighs a decent amount as well. If you have a case that has trouble fitting long cards, you may need to upgrade the case to allow for the GTX280. The GTX280 has two Dual Link DVI connectors on the IO and a HDTV Output port. Dual monitors can be accomplished by using the two ports or using adapters such as DVI-to D-sub adapters or HDMI to DVI adapters. The GTX280 is capable of running HD-DVD content or Blue Ray Disc content with HDCP protection and the HDTV out can be used in conjunction with HDTV monitors.


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review
EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review


EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition Review