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XFX GeForce 8800GTS 320MB XXX (Factory Overclocked)

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 19, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: XFX

Final Thoughts

 

Factory pre-overclocked graphics cards aren't for everyone due to the extra price that they carry and the fact that it isn't difficult to overclock if you happen to find the magic card that overclocks through the roof. With that said though, there are a large amount of people who don't feel comfortable overclocking cards and the extra costs that comes with a pre-overclocked model is then well worth it. It's clear here that the overclock that XFX offer on the XXX version of the card is perfect and offers a very nice bump in performance when compared to the stock clocked model sometimes almost around 20% quicker but usually around 11 - 14% which isn't bad at all considering the XXX edition is about 11% more expensive than the standard base model.

 

The package isn't too bad; it's nice to see a full version game with a card that is above the norm. While the game isn't as recent as we would like it really is a better offering then we see from a lot of other companies. Hopefully XFX choose to look at some of Tom Clancy's new releases though in the near future or teaming up with a game developer to bundle something like Crysis, Half Life 2 EP2 or UT2007 when they are released.

 

Overclocking was a bit of a surprise, it did go up a little higher than we expected but the gains that we saw didn't really show us much so the chances are you probably wouldn't really look at overclocking much more then stock if you end up buying this particular model.

 

Overall the card puts a tick in a lot of the right boxes and it's really a model worth looking at, unfortunately the biggest problem with the card is the price. In Australia it is one of the most expensive graphics cards on the market and while it does offer the biggest overclock, we can see other cards that offer an overclock (while not quite as large) come in cheaper. The choice to also not include the PCI Express power connector is again disappointing and something XFX needs to fix pretty soon.

 

If you're looking for an overclocked GeForce 8800GTS 320MB and the highest clocks out off the box, the XFX XXX edition is perfect but if you want to save some dollars and still look into overclock, there are some other options but just not as convenient.

 

- Pros

 

Huge factory overclock

 

Great performance

 

Full version game

 

Excellent Performance

 

Dual Link DVI

 

HDCP support for HD DVD and Blu-ray playback

 

- Cons

 

Expensive

 

No PCI Express power connector included

 

Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!

 

 

Pine Technology XFX PV-T80G-GHF9 GeForce 8800 GTS, (320 MB) Graphic Card

 

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