Sparkle 8800 GT 512Mb Review - High-End at Low-Price?

Videocards/VGA Reviews by geoffrey @ 2007-11-21

One year ago NVIDIA released the Geforce 8 series and took the performance crown, today we test the latest additions to the family, the 8800 GT is priced lower than the 8800 GTS 320mb, yet sports higher clockspeeds and more video memory. A candidate for best price/performance card and worth a place in your Christmas shopping list? We find out!

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Test setup & Benchmark methodology

Test setup

Geoffreys' Test Setup
Madshrimps (c)
CPUIntel E6600 @ 3GHz
CoolingZalman 9700 LED
MainboardAbit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI
Memory2x1Gb TEAMGROUP Xtreem 800MHz 4-4-4-10-35-4-10-10-10-2T
  • Sparkle 8800GTS 320MB
  • XFX Fatal1ty 8800GTS 320MB
  • Sparkle 8800GT 512MB
  • Other
  • FSP Epsilon 900 PSU
  • Maxtor 80Gb PATA HDD
  • Seagate 200GB SATA HDD
  • Antec Nine Hundred housing
  • 20" Dell UltraSharp 2007FP TFT monitor

  • The Intel E6600 was being overclocked to 3GHz by changing the FSB from 266MHz to 333MHz and by keeping the multiplier at default (9). This way the CPU would score on par with the Intel E6850 based on the popular G0 stepping.
  • Teamgroup's pair of 1Gb DDR2 sticks were clocked to default settings via the NVIDIA 650i chipset.
  • ForceWare 163.71 drivers
  • While Windows Vista is now officially launched, we decided to test with a mature Windows OS (XP SP2).

    Benchmark methodology

    The game benchmarks were completed with the Sparkle GeForce 8800GTS 320MB, the XFX Fatal1ty Geforce 8800GTS 320MB and the Sparkle 8800GT 512MB at stock speeds. All tests were done with a 20” LCD monitor with a maximum resolution of 1600*1200, where 4AA and 16AF offered the best in-game graphics we found that AA disabled didn't decrease the eye-candy that much while the frame rate now actually become more acceptable for the 8800GTS. The in-game settings were always maxed out.

    With our following performance charts you will be informed at all time at what IQ settings were being used. FRAPS was used to measure the FPS during repeated manual run-troughs of a certain part of the games tested, the minimum, maximum and average values were recorded.

  • Colin McRae DIRT
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
  • Call of Duty 4
  • Unreal Tournament 2007
  • Futuremark 3DMark Series
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    Comment from piotke @ 2007/11/21
    Good review, but change in the last page the price link to

    Due to the session in the link it doesn't work.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/11/21
    thanks, fixed!

    it's btw, Sparkle, not Jetway