Running VDrift with the GeForce GTX 280M was no problem at all and no matter the resolution was certainly playable. While we didn't include the results with this article since they are rather CPU bottlenecked, any of the popular open-source games using the ioquake3 engine will, of course, run just fine on the GeForce GTX 280M with the proprietary NVIDIA driver.
If you are interested in the 2D performance of this notebook GPU, check out this Phoronix Global entry or run phoronix-test-suite benchmark phoronix-11521-10619-5434 to see how your system compares. For those interested in using this consumer GPU for some workstation tasks, check out this Phoronix Global entry or run phoronix-test-suite benchmark phoronix-18476-22426-24196 to generate comparative SPECViewPerf 9 results. For those interested in Unigine Tropics, Unigine Sanctuary, or Enemy Territory: Quake Wars results for this GPU under Linux, using the 185.18.14 display driver there was a bug preventing OpenGL from being initialized in those tests.
From this quick look at things, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M is certainly a fast and worthy contender. The GeForce GTX 280M with VDPAU can play 1080p videos great under Linux and most any OpenGL game or application should run fine. Of course, if you are a notebook user after open-source support, you will want to steer clear from the NVIDIA hardware unless you are interested in helping out the Nouveau project in further enriching their third-party driver. We will be back in the coming days with more Linux tests from the System76 Bonobo Professional notebook.
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