|ZOTAC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB AMP! HDMI Video Card|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Sunday, 24 February 2008|
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Video Card Testing Methodology
One day, Benchmark Reviews will be so giant and world famous that I will have the top ten video cards available to the consumer market ready and on-hand to test in the same system during the same testing perod. For now however, Benchmark Reviews is going to test and compare the FOXCONN GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB and MSI NX8800GTX-T2D768E-HD OC GeForce 8800 GTX against the ZOTAC ZT-88TES3P-FCP GeForce 8800 GT AMP! Edition 512MB 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, and is considered the most direct competition to the 8800 GT. The 8800 GTX is a step ahead, but with the extremely high factory-overclock the AMP!'ed ZOTAC 8800 GT gives it a close run for the money.
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.
Note that the default GeForce 8800 GT core clock is 600MHz, while the ZT-88TES3P-FCP receives a factory overclock to 700MHz. The standard GeForce 8800 GT vRAM clock remains is raised to 1000MHz, while the shader clock is overclocked from 1500MHz to 1700MHz.
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.