At first glance, the GeForce GTX 280 looks like a fusion between the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 and the GeForce 9800 GTX designs.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 sports a similar blower design to that of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 and the GeForce 9800 GTX.
At full speed, the 0.48A blower is reported to spin at some 1600rpm. At 100%, mild wind noise and a little whirr is heard, but unobtrusive.
HDMI audio output similar to that of the GeForce 9800 series. Power is a 6-and-8-pin combination like the GeForce 9800 GX2.
A rubber cover which prevents unnecessary exposure of the SLI connectors for either dual SLI or tri SLI.
The back of the card. Dual dual-link DVI outputs and a single S-Video ouput are available.
Also, hot air is expelled from the vents above the display connectors.
The back of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280. Having a back cover adds a little protection to the PCB.