Palit GeForce GTX280 Review :: Palit GeForce GTX280 Layout

07-26-2008 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock

The PalitGTX 280 VGAcard is similar in most respects to the NVIDIA reference card as far as looks go with the main difference being the card art from Palit in the form of a sticker applied to the card. The cooler is a 2-slot cooler with the wacky frog and Palit’s 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 as they do get hot. Many aftermarket liquid cooler gurus have liquid coolers available for these cards online, Swiftech and EVGA both sell aftermarket solutions.


Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review

The rear of the GTX280 PCB has a slotted 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 on the front of it. It’s interesting to note that the Palit card follows the NVIDIA reference design exactly. with only the paint job being different from an outside view. The card is a dual-slot solution, but that is becoming commonplace with high-end cards these days and users are starting to accept it as the norm.

There are two bridges for SLI connectivity on the top left hand portion of the cards 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. There are a list of motherboards at NVIDIA’s website that support this new feature if you are so inclined to build such a system.


Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 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 10.5” 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.


Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review
Palit GeForce GTX280 Review