|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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Video Card Testing Methodology
For this article, I have tested and compared the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB against the ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB and MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD OC GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB video card. The GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB version is currently the the most widely used video card since the introduction of the GeForce 8 series, but these tests will prove if there's a better value and performance to be found elsewhere.
The synthetic benchmark tests in 3DMark06 will utilize shader models 2.0 and 3.0. Every test was conducted at the following resolutions: 1600x1200 (20.1/21" Standard LCD's), 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), and 1024x768 (17" Standard LCD). Each program will run after a system restart, and the the first benchmark for every test will be ignored. This process proved extremely important in the World in Conflict and Crysis benchmarks, as the first run served to cache maps; subsequent tests performed much better than the first. Each test will be run in succession three times, and the final results will be averaged.
Since all of these benchmarks represent different gaming engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of tests for you to gauge performance. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests.
Using the GPU-Z utility available for free from our affiliate website techPowerUp!, we can verify the internal specifications for the ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Video Card ZT-88TES2P-FSP PN:151-01080-076VU.
The GeForce 8800 GTS is the direct competition for the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card. Although NVIDIA released a new 256-bit version of the card, the older 320-bit version (offered with either 640 or 320MB) is still the most widely used video card by PC gamers today. Note that the default GeForce 8800 GTS core clock is 500MHz, while the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB has been carefully overclocked to 600MHz. The standard GeForce 8800 GTS vRAM speed is 800MHz and has also been overclocked to 1030MHz while the shader clock remains at the standard 1200MHz.