|ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 30 December 2007|
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ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT Closer Look
When NVIDIA originally released the GeForce 8800 series back on November 8th, 2006 the gaming industry was stunned. The performance yielded by the newly minted top-level 8800 GTX nearly doubled that of the next best offerings prior to their launch. Even the slightly less powerful 8800 GTS managed to post similarly astonishing results, making their release a double-whammy for an already trailing competition. At that particular time, the high price tag seemed acceptable for a narrow majority.
As of October 27th, 2007 NVIDIA has lifted the embargo on the much-anticipated G92 and launched the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card. The GeForce 8800 GT is the first graphics card to transition to the more efficient 65nm process, and the first to support PCI-Express 2.0.
ZOTAC improves upon NVIDIA's reference design with their own versions of the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB video card. The featured product for our review is their ZT-88TES2P-FSP graphics card, PN:151-01080-076VUA. ZOTAC presently offers four variations of the GeForce 8800 GT, to include the extremely overclocked AMP! Edition boasting performance at the very edge of the G92's capabilities. NVIDIA released a 256MB version of the 8800 GT with lower memory speeds (1.4 GHz as opposed to 1.8 GHz) but the same core clock, however benchmarks have shown that the 256 MB version of the 8800 GT performs noticeably worse than its 512 MB counterpart, especially in newer games such as Crysis.
The 8800 GT, unlike other 8800 cards, is equipped with the PureVideo 2 engine for GPU assisted decoding of the H.264 and VC-1 CODEC's. Performance benchmarks at stock speeds place it above the 8800 GTS (640MB and 320MB versions) and slightly below the 8800 GTX.
NIVIDA has designed the GeForce 8800 GT to be a more efficient (and more powerful) addition to the 8th Generation of GeForce products. While the performance may be on-par with the power-hungry GeForce 8800 GTX, it should please you to learn that the ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB graphics card consumes almost half the power under high-power full 3D load.
In comparison to our overclocked G80-based GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB which consumes 72 additional watts of power when switching from low to high-power mode, the G92-based GeForce 8800 GT only raises the level 54W under full load.
Please continue on to the next section as Benchmark Reviews literally uncovers the GeForce 8800 GT for a closer inspection.