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nVidia GeForce 8800GTS 320MB - Halving the memory (Page 11)

By Shawn Baker from Feb 10, 2007 @ 23:00 CST
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Final Thoughts

nVidia's GeForce 8800GTS 320MB is brilliant for people who want to get into the DirectX 10 arena but not spend over $500 AUD (about $380 USD) on a graphics card - you should find yourself being able to pick up a Palit 320MB for the high $400 AUD range, though.

The general feeling we have is that the 640MB version is going to be discontinued, and it does make sense to do so. There are not a lot of games that see a real difference with the extra memory and if you're really serious about your gaming, spend the extra money (about $230 AUD or $175 USD) and get the high-end GTX version that has more memory and higher clock speeds.

If you're the owner of a smaller type LCD monitor (like 17" to 19") and cannot run any higher than the standard 1280 x 1024 resolution that these monitors offer (or even 1680 x 1050 that entry level widescreen monitors do), then this is the perfect option for you. You're going to be able to get into the DX10 gaming arena without totally breaking the bank.

What is interesting though is that it's obvious that the extra memory does make a difference in certain areas and with such texture driven and highly intensive games like Crysis coming out soon, the more onboard VGA memory the merrier. However, is $100 AUD (640MB version) or $200+ AUD (8800GTX) extra worth spending so that you can have your draw distance that little bit further or be able to turn on AA and AF?

From what we can see, nVidia's GeForce 8800GTS 320MB really is going to be the "in" graphics card to own for a while. AMD's R600 is no doubt going to come out faster and a hell of a lot more expensive. It will take ATI at least three months before we see a budget conscious version like the 320MB 8800GTS come out.

Suffice to say, we are pleased with the GeForce 8800GTS 320MB. It manages to reduce the price by almost 20% over the 640MB version and in just about all of our gaming tests, performance is the same or only a little slower. Palit has only managed to make it better by selling it cheaper than most other brands on the market.

- Pros

Better value for money than 8800GTS 640MB

Free game included

320MB barely impacts performance

Typical Palit pricing (cheap!)

Dual Link DVI and HDCP support

- Cons

High resolution gamers will be better with 8800GTX - save your pennies!

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award!

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