With the box out the way we will move onto the cards - with the cards being very similar, we will have a quick look at them together as there are only a few key differences.
Most these differences can be seen on the front of the card. With the coolers being slightly larger in size on the GTX, the only other difference between them is that the model number differs. Clearly we can also see that when it comes to size, the GTX is much longer than the GTS - it comes in at 10.5 inches long. nVidia say that they did their research and enthusiast uses most of the time have the case to carry a card so long but if you're looking at the GTX, we urge you to make sure you can before buying as it is really long. There are also some differences when it comes to the PCB layout of the part of the card that we can see.
Moving around to the top of the card we can also see that the GTX has two PCI Express power connectors as opposed to one on the GTS. nVidia have changed the way that the connectors sit on the longer GTX due to the plugs getting in the way. Instead you plug them in from a different angle which in no way should affect the installation inside your case.
Talking about actual power requirements, the PCI Express slot is able to deliver 75 watts of power without any external connector. The GeForce 8800GTX comes with two connectors, so it could draw up to 225 watts of power. nVidia are recommending a 450 watt or greater power supply (with 12V current rating of 30A) for 8800GTX and if you want to run these cards in SLI, you can double that figure which means you're going to be forking out big bucks for a high quality PSU. On the other hand, the power requirements of the GTS are a little more mild only requiring a 400 watt power supply (with 12V current rating of 26A).
Turning the card over we again have some differences along the card with the most stand out one being the extra screws used to hold the heatsink in place on the GTX thanks to it being slightly bigger. The other thing you might notice is the difference in SLI connectors.
The GTX has a couple SLI connectors while the GTS has only a single one. We did give a brief run down on this previously but if you did skip pass it, the general word around town is that the GTX is going to have the ability to run what is being called "TRI" SLI on the nForce 680i and 680a boards - both have three PCI Express slots for graphics cards. It looks like with a grand total of three graphics cards you will be able to have anything from six monitor support, separate physics or ridiculously fast frame rates.
Both cards offer Dual Link DVI connectors along with HDTV out which we have seen on most cards for a while now.
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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]