Published: 18th December 2006 | Source: XFX | Price: |Introduction
We've already taken a look at nVidia's G80 in a previous review of the 8800GTX and now it's the turn of it's little brother the 8800GTS. Heralded as the "best bang for buck" currently available with DX10 compatability, the 8800GTS looks to be a killer card at a half-reasonable price.
Today we're sizing up XFX's 8800GTS to see how it performs.
XFX have always had striking packaging and this time is no exception with it's mascot showing on the front of the box in quite a striking way contrasted against a white background. No actual pictures of the card on the front but turn over and you have some relatively useless info along with the 8800GTS in all it's glory.
Here's what you get when you purchase this high-end card:
• S-Video > High Def Conponent Cable
• S-Video > S-Video Cable
• 2 x DVI > VGA Converters
• Quick Install Guide
• TV-out Quick Reference Guide
• XFX "Play Hard" Tips and Techniques
• X-Gear Mini-catalogue
• Driver CD
The package XFX is giving out with the 8800GTS is slightly lacking in the software department. With only a driver CD in there you feel a bit lacking when you open the box. However upon speaking the the XFX rep about this he has said that they are encouraging their retail partners to include some sort of games bundle with the cards such as Splinter Cell. This seems to not be the case now, but it was at release.
There is plenty enough on the hardware side to satisfy anyone wanting to hook this up to a TV but once again an inclusion of some sort of DVD software would have boosted the bundle.