After all that, I am still really unsure of where the 8800GS sits on the market. It never performs as fast as the 8800GT which is what you would expect, but it scores around the same as the 9600GT, sometimes coming out ahead, and sometimes losing to it. For the most part it's able to beat out the HD 3870 though.
Where it really does struggle is when you turn AA and AF on. This isn't due to bad coding or anything like that, but more so the limited bus width on the memory. It should pretty much come out ahead of a 9600GT that carries with it stock clocks for most tests, minus the AA/AF ones.
I actually thought it would also tend to struggle at our higher resolution tests due to the amount of RAM. The included 384MB seems to be a bit of a sweet spot. If it carried with it only 256MB I think it's safe to assume that it would have run into trouble at the higher resolution. 512MB isn't an option either, due to the weird memory bus.
Pricing is what it comes down to, and it sits at about the same level as the 9600GT which is under that of the HD 3870. While the card isn't too bad at all, you're going to opt for a 9600GT for a few reasons. Firstly, you've got the increased memory bus. Secondly, you've got a bit of extra RAM, and finally you're using a newer 9 series card which when it comes to drivers seems to be what NVIDIA are concentrating on now.
We can see why not many companies choose to jump on the 8800GS bandwagon; it's not because it's a bad card, but more of a misplaced one. It doesn't really have a spot on the market.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark06]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - XP]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - CINEBENCH R10 - XP]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict - XP]
- Page 15 [Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 3 - XP]
- Page 16 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode Two HDR) - XP]
- Page 17 [Temperature and Sound Tests]
- Page 18 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 19 [Final Thoughts]