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XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra XXX - Uber Performance, Monster Price Tag!

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 7, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: XFX

Final Thoughts


You cannot say that the new Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra is not a true performer let alone when you pair it up with the XFX brand and their factory overclocked XXX edition but this is coming at such a huge cost to the user. The other thing is though, it is not just the XFX price premium that we have seen for a while now - every brand has a huge price starting at around $1050 AUD in Australia or around $850 USD in the United States. Consider that the GeForce 8800GTX starts at $750 AUD and you have to really wonder how on earth does someone justify spending the extra cash.


Interested to know if we could push things even further, we again got nowhere with a XXX variant graphics card from XFX. While we did push the memory up 100MHz DDR, the core only went up 10MHz and this only resulted in our 3DMark score going from 13001 to 13070. The main thing to figure out now though is if the cheaper cards on the market will provide the ability to overclock as high like we have seen with the GeForce 8600GTS products - only time will tell and we are sure that we will find out in coming weeks.


The bottom line is quite simple - there really is no way you could justify the price increase of the new 8800 Ultra, let alone the XFX XXX edition, not at all and not in the slightest. If you have the money and you want the best of the best, the Bugatti Veyron of all graphics card, for sure buy it, but there is no way you could honestly say to someone that it was a wise purchase.


The card is nothing more than a way of sticking it to AMD and ATI - in a marketing sense - in regards to their upcoming R600 launch later this month. Much like Intel seem to be trying their very hardest to destroy AMD, Nvidia is also giving it their best shot, too.


XFX's 8800 Ultra XXX screams along at top speed leaving every other single GPU solution in the dust, there is no doubt about that. However it is safe to say that with word on the street that supply and quantities is very low, Nvidia is not expecting to sell many of these graphics cards. We have even heard from some of Nvidia's partners in Taiwan that they do not even want to touch the tweaked G80 chip in fear that they will not sell. Nvidia believe there will be a few handfuls of ultra high-end extreme users out there that will pay the money just to have the best of the best.


Bottom line... absolutely monster killer performance but with a price tag that could make you faint! It gets our "MUST HAVE" award for Best Performance only because it is the single GPU champion but your money is honestly much better spent elsewhere.


- Pros


Monster XFX XXX performance!


Best performing GPU on the market


Full version game included


- Cons




Light package




Limited supply - get in quick!




Better options (such as SLI) available for the price!


Rating - 7.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!



EVGA GeForce 8800 Ultra / 768MB DDR3 / SLI Ready / PCI Express / Dual Link Dual DVI / HDTV / Video C Graphic Card


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