|ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 23 February 2008|
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ZT-88TES3P-FCP Final Thoughts
For just a short while longer, the GeForce 8800 GT is still third in line for the NVIDIA throne. While this series is squarely aimed at the upper middle-end performance segment, I believe that even as the upcoming 9800 series is launched, there is more than enough value included here to keep it popular. Some (but not many) gamers have stepped up to the overpriced GeForce 8800 Ultra, and several more went as far as the GTX, yet for over a year now the GeForce 8800 GTS has been the best selling card within the 8 Series lineup; and now it has been replaced by the GeForce 8800 GT. Unlike the GeForce 7900 GT of the past generation, the new 8800 GT offers tremendous performance and power efficiency with a slight reduction in cooling fan noise.
For most video cards, functionality is measured in video games and video rendering. However, in rare cases (this being one of them), the video card can suit more than just one purpose. The ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT AMP! Edition includes a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and S/PDIF audio input cables, making this the only full-functioned HDMI video card available from NVIDIA. Perhaps the newly minted 9-series of GeForce cards will eventually make this a standard feature, but for now the credit is completely given to ZOTAC.
Since the days of Battlefield 2 there haven't been very many games to seriously stress mid and high-performance video cards. The Battlefield 2142 was more of a lukewarm please-all with nearly no landscape to speak of, and until EA and Crytek GmbH came along with Crysis there hadn't been any major milestones to speak of for almost three years. Company of Heroes was (and to some players it still is) one of the most popular games of 2006, but its scalable Havok game engine allowed just about anyone with a personal computer to play the game. World in Conflict could very well be characterized as the CoH for 2007, especially since CoH: Opposing Fronts offered almost nothing new to gamers in regards to performance. WiC is equally scalable, but the large world-scape can have a greater impact on frame rate. When it comes down to PC video games, there are only a handful of titles that stand out more than those which I have tested here in this review. The important message is that the ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Video Card ZT-88TES2P-FSP PN:151-01080-076VU can handle them all at nearly their highest settings without dropping below the acceptable 30 FPS level.