8800GTS shootout - XFX 8800GTS XXX vs Gainward 8800GTS "Golden Sample"

XFX "XXX" Edition 8800GTS 640mb

XFX "XXX" Edition 8800GTS 640mb

Packaging

XFX's new style packaging looks really simple and has a great visual impact when you first see it. The white contrasts well with the CGI character on the box. The rear of the box has some of the normal nVidia product blurb and the side has some key features listed.

xfx xfx xxx edition 8800gtx box

The inside of the box sees a lot of foam padding for your graphics card, providing a nice buffer against those careless delivery drivers.

The Card

Once again XFX have gone with the excellent stock nVidia cooler on the XFX 8800GTS "XXX" edition. There is nothing wrong with the cooler so you cannot fault both companies for providing the cards with this.

I do feel that it would have been nice to see some aftermarket cooling to help the cards really "stand out" from the crowd.

xfx xx edition 8800gts card xfx xx edition 8800gts card rear

Having said the above I very much prefer the black PCB that XFX have used for their card as it adds just that little bit of "cool" to the package. Once again the branding is pretty striking and the GTS definitely looks good clothed in white.

Package

In the box you get:

* XFX pictoral quick install guide
* XFX Important Tips and Information sheet
* S-Video adaptor guide sheet
* Drivers CD
* 2 x DVI to VGA adaptors
* 1 x S-Video to component cable
* 1 x S-Video to S-Video cable

xfx xxx edition package

And that's it. Pretty spruce on the software front if you ask me with no bundled games and no DVD sofware.

On the hardware side there is no composite cable supplied at all and no PCI-e power adaptor such as Gainward provide. An S-Video to S-Video cable is, however, provided.

Clock Speeds

XFX ramp up the clock speeds on their "XXX" overclocked edition card to 550/1800 giving a slight increase in memory speed. Also overclocked are the stream processors that are running at an impressive 1500Mhz, 300MHz quicker than the Gainward card and therefore naturally 300MHz more than stock. This is a pretty impressive out-of-the-box overclock from XFX.
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Most Recent Comments

05-03-2007, 13:15:42

Hyper
Excellent review Kemp.

Definatly made a good read Quote

05-03-2007, 14:06:56

ionicle
looks like a good deal, does that GTS

but i am waiting to get a X1950XTX, when the R600 comes out, the price should plumit!

or so i hope Quote

05-03-2007, 14:25:07

markkleb
Hey Kempez, do you thing a XFX XXX 320Mb version would be better than a regular 640Mb version?Quote

05-03-2007, 14:38:52

FarFarAway
I didn't try the 320mb version I'm afraid mark - but I put it in the conclusion as a considerationQuote

05-03-2007, 16:34:36

ai_01
nice review kemp =P

@ markkleb out of the box, GTX is better, GTS stock is 500 whereas GTX is 550-575. I dont think price/performance wise thou a GTX is worth more to get.Quote
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