nVidia's pimpin' new GeForce 8800GTX GPU does only offer a speed upgrade thanks to a larger memory bus, increased steam processors and of course the bump in memory and core speed but overall these refined improvements offer a very large gain in many areas.
Is it enough to warrant the extra money required for the GTX? Absolutely if you're going to be gaming at resolutions at 1600 x 1200 and above. If you're simply buying an 8800GTS for your 17" or 19" LCD, which pumps out 1280 x 1024, so you can play DX10 games as they get released, then it's probably not worth it.
We feel disappointed with the XFX bundle or lack there of. When you are outlaying so much money on a graphics card, you think you could at least get some PCI Express power connectors. We double checked with local companies and they confirmed that none are included - please fix this issue quickly, XFX.
What is surprising though is just how much extra performance is on offer from the GTX when compared to the GTS. More often then not we see companies like ATI release a product like the Radeon XT and the XTX - the performance difference between them is so small and the price difference isn't all that big either. While the price difference is definitely there for the GTS and GTX, the performance gains are fantastic and there is a real difference between owning a GTS and a GTX.
The GTX isn't for anyone who isn't going to be venturing past 1600 x 1200 otherwise it simply would be extreme overkill for your needs. The GTS is going to let 1280 x 1024 LCD users get ready for DX10 but also have a huge amount of video bandwidth available to play all those intensive games like Oblivion with settings turned all the way up, without completely breaking the bank. GTX on the other hand is for gamers who play their games at around 1920x1200 and want to turn on all the cool 3D effects such as HDR, AA and AF. SLI a couple of 8800GTX cards and say hello to ultra high resolution gaming with all the settings turned up.
Hopefully nVidia eventually ease up on the overclocking side of things and we see ourselves with a pair of XXX Edition GTX cards from XFX but until then there is no reason at all to be disappointed with the kind of numbers these stock clocked cards are pulling.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Differences]
- Page 3 [XFX Packaging]
- Page 4 [XFX Cards]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Quake 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]