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XFX 8800GTS 512MB

Review

Introduction

For many enthusiasts looking for a new GPU, it would seem best to wait for the 9 series which will be coming from nVidia over the next few months. However, what do you do if you happen to want something now, now, now? Well, the latest card from the green camp is the 8800GTS “refresh” with 512MB. Is it worth it’s price tag? Let’s find out.

 

Features

  • NVIDIA® unified architecture with GigaThread™ technology
    Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
  • NVIDIA® Lumenex™ Engine
    Delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
  • Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10 Support
    World’s first DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
    Blazing-fast RAMDACs support dual QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates–up to 2048×1536@85Hz.
  • Dual Link DVI
    Capable of supporting digital output for high resolution monitors (up to 2560×1600).
  • NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
    Delivers up to 2x the performance of a single GPU configuration for unparalleled gaming experiences by allowing two graphics cards to run in parallel. The must-have feature for performance PCI Express graphics, SLI dramatically scales performance on over 60 top PC games.
  • PCI Express™ Support
    Designed to run perfectly with the next-generation PCI Express bus architecture. This new bus doubles the bandwidth of AGP 8X delivering over 4 GB/sec. in both upstream and downstream data transfers.
  • 16x Anti-aliasing
    Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
  • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Technology
    The combination of high-definition video processors and NVIDIA DVD decoder software delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for all video content to turn your PC into a high-end home theater. (Feature requires supported video software.)
  • OpenGL™ 2.0 Optimizations and Support
    Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for all OpenGL applications. NVIDIA® nView® Multi-display Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexibility and control for multiple monitors.
  • NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology
    Advanced technology provides the ultimate in viewing flexibility and control for multiple monitors.
 

Specifications

8600GT8800GTS8800GT8800GTS8800GTX8800 Ultra
Release Date17/04/0708/11/0629/10/0711/12/0708/11/0602/05/07
CodenameG84G80G92-200G92-400G80G80
Fabrication Process (nm)809065659090
Core clock (MHZ)540500600650575612
Peak fillrateBillion pixel/s4.3109.610.413.839.2
Billion bilinear texel/s8.61233.641.636.839.2
Billion bilinear FP16 texel/s4.31216.820.818.419.6
ShadersStream Processors3296112128128128
Clock (MHZ)116012001500162513501512
MemoryBandwidth (GB/s)22.46457.662.186.4103.7
DRAM typeGDDR3GDDR3GDDR3GDDR3GDDR3GDDR3
Bus width (bit)128320256256384384
Memory Options (MB)128 – 512320 – 640512 – 1024512768768
Effective DDR Clock140016001800194018002160
Power Consumption (Watts)43108138146145175
Transistor Count (millions)289681754754681681
Theoretical Shader Processing Rate (Gigaflops)114.2345.6504624518576
 

G92

The 8800GTS “refresh” 512MB is the second of nVidia’s cards to sport the G92 processor. It’s an improvement over the original GTS chip – G80 – in several ways. The first and foremost is the size reduction from 90nm to 65nm. While it retains the unfied shader architecture of previous cards, this allows it to run cooler and therefore probably quieter due to the need for lower levels of cooling. Like the 8800GT before it, the GTS is PCI-e 2.0 compliant and comes with the same PureVideo 2.0 chip which adds a bitstream processor and enhanced video processing to offload AACS-decyption and H.265 decoding.

Another difference between the new GTS and it’s predecessor is the increase in stream processors from 96 to 128 – in line with the 8800GTX and Ultra cards. Even though the G92 chip is more energy efficient than its older brother, due to increase clock speeds and the inclusion of extra memory, the new GTS consumes 38watts more.

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