With the package out the way it's time to move onto the card and see what exactly GIGABYTE has done with the 8800GT 512MB. The Zalman cooler that they use isn't anything new, we've seen it used on the HD 3870 that GIGABYTE released a few months back.
With that said though, it really is a tried and tested cooler that seems to be extremely efficient. The copper in the middle of the cooler helps move the heat and the aluminum fins help the heat dissipate quickly.
Like the Leadtek 8800GT that also used a Zalman cooler, be it a different model GIGABYTE have chosen not to cool the memory on the card. While it probably isn't needed people still like to have it cooled.
Having a quick look around the card there isn't much else to it really. The rear of the card has a single PCI Express power connector that is needed while the top has a single SLI connector like the standard 8800GT.
The I/O department is also very standard with two Dual Link DVI ports and a single TV-Out port.
GPU-Z doesn't seem to be a big fan of the GIGABYTE offering which puts out some unknown figures, as seen below.
What we can tell you though is that the core is up from the stock 600MHz to a juicy 700MHz, the shader clock follows the big increase moving from 1500MHz to 1675MHz and finally the memory has moved from the stock 1800MHz DDR to 1900MHz DDR.
These are some pretty nice increases and should result to a card that can scream along.