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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition Video Card
8800 GTS Closer Look
Video Card Testing
Testing: Light Benchmarks
Testing: Heavy Benchmarks

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS

NVIDIA has added some new spice to the plate with their introduction of a new value-priced GeForce 8800 GTS video card featuring a 320MB video frame buffer. Built on the exact same high performance platform as the previous 640MB version, this new edition to the family offers all of the same great performance at almost half the cost. Gamers will be pleased to see improved framerates, and enthusiasts will see the inexpensive SLi opportunity. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition video card offers both, and more!

In this review, I will answer the question that is on everyone's mind: what kind of difference will half the video RAM make on performance? I compared the XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition to the FOXCONN 8800 GTS 640MB for the answers. Read on to find out, you just might be surprised.

Key features:

  • NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread TM technology
  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
  • NVIDIA SLI Ready
  • 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
  • True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
  • NVIDIA Quantum Effects physics processing technology
  • Two dual-link DVI outputs support two 2560x1600 resolution displays
  • NVIDIA PureVideoTM technology
  • PCI Express Support
  • OpenGL 2.0 support
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
XFX GeForce 8800 GTS (Click for larger image)

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 [email protected]

Dual Link DVI
Capable of supporting digital output for high resolution monitors (up to 2560x1600).

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.

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX

About the company: XFX

Since XFX is so well known in the industry, it may come as a surprise to know that it is actually a division of another company: Pine Technology, Inc.XFX dares to go where the competition would like to, but can't. That's because, at XFX, we don't just create great digital video components - we build all-out, mind-blowing, performance crushing, competition-obliterating video cards and motherboards. Oh, and not only are they amazing, you don't have to live on dry noodles and peanut butter to afford them.

Founded in 1989, PINE Technology designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-quality digital audio and video devices as well as computer peripherals. PINE also distributes branded computer and communications products. The company's movement into areas such as global B2B eCommerce and software development have helped keep it ahead of the competition. Today, PINE enjoys strategic alliances with companies such as Dell, NEC, Microsoft, Panasonic, Phillips, Ricoh, Samsung, Ingram Micro, Intel, Quantum, Connertech, Pioneer and Fujitsu.Headquartered in Hong Kong, PINE Technology has more than 1,000 employees worldwide, with 16 offices around the globe, four research and development centers strategically located in the Asia Pacific region, and two factories in China.

Production output at PINE's factories exceeds an impressive 500,000 units of PC components and I.A. appliances per month. However, our line flexibility enables us to switch lines within a scant four hours to expand capacity to a staggering one million board-level products per month.


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