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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

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.33GHz (366MHz x 9 and FSB 1:1)


Motherboard(s): ABIT IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi (Supplied by Universal ABIT)


Memory: 2 X 1GB Crucial PC8000 5-5-5-15 (Supplied by Crucial)


Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2


Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: Nvidia ForceWare 158.16 and DX9c


Compared against a stock clocked GeForce 8800GTX and a stock clocked 8800 Ultra, it was time to see just exactly what the card was going to be able to do.


The question is one of the most we have had to answer so far this year when it comes to the GPU considering the staggering asking price of around $1400 AUD (Down Under) or $1000 - $1100 USD (in the United States) for XFX's highly overclocked XXX Ultra - even the regular 8800 Ultra will currently set you back $850 USD, which is roughly $250 - $300 USD more than the GTX. Taking those prices into consideration, you can almost buy two 8800 GTX cards for the same price or pretty well close enough as the 8800 Ultra XXX. We would not expect a single 8800 Ultra even with monster OC to come anywhere even close compared to a couple of 8800 GTX cards in SLI mode.


Like all our graphics card reviews that find us in the high-end arena where lots of money is required to be spent, we have mixed up our resolutions - we test at 1280 x 1024 for standard LCD users, 1920 x 1200 for people who like their 23 - 24" monitors and then 2560 x 1600 for the people with money to burn. We also up the ante in our high quality tests by testing AA and AF at 2560 x 1600.


The only programs that are any difference is 3DMark05 is tested at its default 1024 x 768 instead of 1280 x 1024, 3DMark06 in our HQ tests is also ran at its default 1280 x 1024 setup and F.E.A.R. which doesn't support any widescreen games natively.




Version and / or Patch Used: Build 130


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3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.


For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.



Straight away we can see the reverse stairway effect, when you look at what the XXX version scores compared to a standard GTX you really can see quite a significant difference.

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


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