nVidia's GeForce 8800GTS just got a little bit better thanks to Gainward with their Golden Sample graphics card. We understand that overclocking isn't a hard task but that's us. Overclocking isn't for everybody and if it was companies like Gainward and BFG wouldn't have much joy selling pre-overclocked cards. It's nice to know that for a few extra dollars you can open the box, place it in your system, and be slightly faster than your mate down the road with a standard GeForce 8800GTS.
The biggest problem that we have really has nothing to do with the card. The package really should have had a little something extra and video cables are really a pretty standard item these days, not choosing to include them was like XFX not choosing to include the PCI Express power adapter in their 8800GTS. While a lot of people might have them, there is still going to be a portion of people who don't. They should always be included.
The other thing we would have liked see was the inclusion of a full version game. With that said though, we seem to see this more and more, with the market being so cut throat companies are choosing to lighten the package to make the price more attractive. Although when you're already paying extra for the overclocked card, the extra couple of dollars for a game isn't going to make or break the deal in our opinion.
While it might seem we are being a bit harsh, we aren't trying to discourage anyone from buying the Gainward 8800GTS Golden Sample - out of the box performance it is going to beat any stock clocked card, which is a simple fact. The pricing as well is another fantastic key point of the card - it is only slightly more expensive then not only the stock clocked 8800GTS from Gainward but also stock clocked cards from other companies. And in some cases it actually comes in cheaper compared to some brands that are running stock speeds.
Great out of the box performance
Dual Link DVI and HDCP support
No significant price increase
Overclocking without voiding warranty
Bundle is lacking for "Golden Sample"
Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Features Award!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Package]
- Page 3 [Card]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]