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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 06 November 2006
Table of Contents: Page Index
FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB Video Card
Closer Look
Accessories
Testing: Setup
Testing: Light Stress Benchmarks
Testing: Heavy Benchmarks
Conclusion

Conclusion

Honestly, there is just no possible way for me to find dissappointment in this product. The FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS is by no means another addition to the market, it is clearly in a class all of its own. Because it is the second best available at the time of launch, I believe it will cater to the large segment of the market who want the best without the highest price. Presently, the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS sells for $359.99 (after $40 Rebate) at NewEgg.com, which is considerably better than the suggested retail price of $449-499 USD.

Don't be fooled: The 8800 GTS still holds function before fashion.

Foxconn Final Thoughts

The installation was a breeze, with no special tools or connectors required. Since the GeForce 8800 GTS measures only 9 inches long, which is a mere inch longer then the GeForce 7900 GT, I found no problem at all installing this card into my rather confined NZXT Adamas case. As mentioned previously in this review, the GeForce 8800 GTS uses two card slots in a single PCI-Express slot. It requires only one six-pin 12V connection, and can be used in an SLi configuration if it is desired.

Since the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTS does not require an SLi capable power supply unit, and it costs less then the more expensive GTX version, I believe this will be the choice for gamers who are not able to purchase "King of the Hill" rights. Since the FOXCONN unit offers several additional accessories, namely the USB controller, I see the purchase holding a lot of value in the lower high-end category. I firmly believe that nobody, not even those few owners of the ATI X1950 XTX and the NVIDIA GeForce 7950GX2, will have any need to feel disappointed. Quite simply: this card delivers.

For the record, I have grown accustomed to replacing the stock NVIDIA cooling solution with the much better performing and much more quiet Artic Cooling Silencer products, which is what was done on the test XFX 7900 GT. In the case of the FOXCONN 8800 GTS, the fan operated at a whisper level the entire time, keeping the GPU at 50° to 55° Celsius range at idle and 65° to 70° Celsius range under load. Obviously NVIDIA paid attention to the complaints surrounding the previous generation of video cards.

Finally, since this article is a review of the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS retail product, I saved the overclocking and unlocking details for our guide to overclocking the GeForce 8800 series (and all other NVIDIA video cards). This guide is an excellent resource for updated information regarding the overclocking potential the Geforce 8800 GTS holds inside it.

Pros:

+ Exciting design and look with blue LED's
+ Supports DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0
+ Impressive stock cooling solution
+ High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDR) compliant
+ SLi certified and expandable
+ 2nd best video card available at time of writing
+ Creates a whole new class of video card standards for 3D performance
+ Value-packed accessory package with USB game controller

Cons:

- Expensive
- Driver support - clean install required
- LED Strip interferes with fan

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 9.5
  • Appearance: 9.5
  • Construction: 8.75
  • Functionality: 8.75
  • Value: 7.75

Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.

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