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Old 8th November 2006, 12:41   #1
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Default Geforce 8800 GTX Review - 7 games tested - compared to Crossfire

Basically, at this time I can say G80 rocks. I love it, it's great and I donít have anything bad to say about it. Pick up your wallet if you want to spend Ä/$600 on a graphic card and enjoy it. You can whine that it's long, it can get warm but it's all nonsense, as this is the fastest card on planet Earth and you have to live with the heat and size. It is super stable, that is what matters the most and we didnít have any issues with stability.

You can set the quality to 16X Anistropic filtering, 16 times full-scene anti-aliasing and have HDR 128 bit at the same time. It looks great and even the FSAA and HDR works on this card, it didnít work on any Geforce 7 series.

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More reviews will be listed here as they become available:
- http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q4...0/index.x?pg=1

- http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=2870
- http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/97...ion/index.html
- http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/...re/1671_1.html
- http://www.gamepyre.com/reviewsd.html?aid=783&p=1
- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/G80
- http://www.amdzone.com/modules.php?o...tid=274&page=1
- http://www.viperlair.com/reviews/vid...r/nvidia/8800/
- http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1000
- http://www.i4u.com/section-viewarticle-142.html
- http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=7177
- http://www.hothardware.com/viewartic...leid=903&cid=2
- http://nyhetsbrev.nordichardware.se/...rivelse--E-493
- http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...gtx_g80/1.html
- http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...ws/bfg8800gts/
- http://www.technic3d.com/index.php?s...=article&a=379 (de)
- http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...50aHVzaWFzdA==
- http://www.nvnews.net/previews/gefor...tx/index.shtml
- http://www.digit-life.com/articles2/...g80-part1.html
- http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/11/08..._all_about_uk/
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If you like the raw data represented as easy to understand charts... well, here they are:

Foxconn C51XE M2aa Nforce 590 SLI motherboard
Sapphire AM2RD580 with SB600 board for Crossfire
Athlon FX 62 2800 MHz 90 nanometre Windsor core
2x1024 MB DDR2 Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 memory
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Thermaltake Mini Typhoon Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's
OCZ 700W GameXstream power supply

all credits go the TheInquirer team! Check the full review for pictures of the cards, more benchmarks and information. Below you find the game results graphed:













gaming at 1600x1200 is now very possible; add them in SLI and you can run 2048x1536 without an issue, even when turning on "some" IQ settings.

It seems Oblivion is really a game that needs a good CPU to work at it's best, just look at those below <40FPS even at 1024x768...

the G80 doesn't make all games CPU dependent though, as usual, when you enable AA/AF the performance drops, but overall FPS remain quite high, only when you push it really really far (16xAA ... insanely high) the performance drops to below playable FPS at highest resolutions.

the G80 is the current king of the VGA cards, now we need games which reduce its performance to mere "good", did anybody say CRYSIS?
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wtf, why test such a card with an AMD system, they should've tested those cards with a conroe system, so the cpu won't be that much of a limitting factor...
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I only partially agree with you; sure the AMD system is slower than Core 2 Duo; but then again, it's plenty fast as you can see, the only game really suffering from the slower CPU seems to be Oblivion, where the FPS is low due to CPU, not GPU.

All other games have FPS well ABOVE playable values.
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the other reviews are out, check the 1st post for links!
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one picture, thousand words; image quality on the G80 default setting is excellent, from the TR review:
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Originally posted by Tarantula
wtf, why test such a card with an AMD system, they should've tested those cards with a conroe system, so the cpu won't be that much of a limitting factor...
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The 8800 GTX SLI is still the bottleneck in this game at resolutions above 1280x1024, showing just how demanding Oblivion is when it comes to graphics cards.
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