|GeForce 8800 Graphics Performance: GT vs GTS vs GTX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 25 January 2008|
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FOXCONN 8800 GTS Details
When NVIDIA launched the G80 GTS GPU, I was quick to make the jump from my old GeForce 7900 GT graphics card. There were more than just a few problems which plagued the 7900 GT, but more than anything else it was the heat. The GeForce 8800 GTS and GTX were the first cards which used rear-exiting heat ventilation in their reference design. Prior to my purchase of the GTS, I had been using an Arctic Cooling NV Silencer to achieve this same function for my GT. The concept is common-sense, and the finished product certainly benefited from the new double-size design.
Presently the FOXCONN FV-N88SMBD2-ONOC sells for $319.99 at NewEgg.com. As you can see for yourself based on the information I have provided in the image above, you'll be paying 19 cents per point in 3DMark06, over $14.26 per frame per second in Crysis, and $9.70 in World in Conflict. If you're on a budget, this old favorite may not make the financial sense that it once did prior to the 8800 GT.
The specifications listed above illustrate the difference between the reference NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, and the extremely overclocked results of my efforts in the guide: How To Overclock the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Series. Clearly, the GTS I have used in these test is nowhere near the original specifications. With 100MHz over the stock GPU speed and a DDR3 vRAM increase of 230MHz, this GeForce 8800 GTS should be considered the highest-end of its particular series. Keep this in mind as you analyze our test results.