Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: XFX
The 8800GTS seems to be set at a great entry price point for those of us wanting to get into a DirectX 10 compatibility as an early adopter. Not only that but the results it gets in DirectX 9.0c are pretty superb. If you're looking to the high end you cannot really go wrong investing in one of these babies.
The bundle XFX have put with the card is pretty minimal although some online suppliers have been known to bundle a game with it which helps. XFX have always been known for great hardware, however, and they have not disappointed with an extremely overclockable card. I have checked a few people with the retail unit and most are getting similar overclocks so it's looking good. At £319 @ Specialtech the card hits a nice pricepoint, although there are some out there cheaper.
The only thing that holds me back from giving this some more fancy awards is the lack of DirectX 10 as of yet, but with Vista on it's way soon it got to be fairly soon (hopefully).
The XFX 8800GTS gets OC3D "Gamers Choice" and is highly recommended by us here at Overclock3D.
+ Great Cooler
+ Awesome performance
+ Very overclockable
- Lack of DirectX 10 right now
- Bundle somewhat lacking
Thanks to XFX for supplying the card
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XFX have also released a pre-overclocked (and therefore fully warranted) version of this card:
A choice of the top-of-the-line 8800 GTX XXX Edition, overclocked from the standard 575Mhz Core/1.8Mhz Memory Clock speed to a red-lined 630 Mhz Core/2.0 Ghz Memory clock and a super-high-performance 8800 GTS XXX Edition dialed up from a standard 500 Mhz Core/1.6 Memory clock speed to 550 Mhz Core/1.8 Ghz Memory clock speed.