Asus EN 8800 GTX - nVidia's G80 Performance Revealed

Image Quality - Screenshots

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Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Asus

Image Quality

To show you some of the image quality playing these games at 1920 x 1200 @ 8 x QAA and 16 x AF on high quality I took some JPEG screenshots of my test games.

Remember the quality will be very slightly degraded due to the format conversion, but this just shows how nice the games look at these Ultra-High settings and resolution.

CoD 2

cod 2 iq 8800GTX

cod 2 iq 8800GTX

Call of Duty 2 is an awesome looking game and the 8800GTX handles this fine at these high settings.

The Image Quality on Anisotropic Filtering is noticeably better than on the 7900GTX/7950GX2, with no shimmering at all and no gliteches that I had seen previously.

Quake 4

quake 4 9900gtx iq

quake 4 iq 8800gtx

Although I'm not a big fan of the Quake 4 engine, the game managed to look awesome at this res and it was a great experience.

F.E.A.R.

fear iq 800gtx

fear iq 8800gtx

fear iq 8800gtx

F.E.A.R. was a very challenging engine when it came out and was the bane of many PC's. It looks amazing strafing in slow motion while shooting up some clones!

Oblivion

oblivion iq

oblivion iq 2

oblivion iq

As you can see Oblivion looks simply awesome at this high res. I was thoroughly impressed at how the card handled the AA and HDR

nVidia's AA and AF features improved

nVidia have improved image quality on their 8800 series cards when using Anisotropic filtering by implementing Anisotropic Filtering taking place at any angle. nVidia's GPU's out before the 8800GTX only implement it on say horizontal and vertical surfaces, whereas the nVidia "Luminex" engine offers AA on all surfaces where there is need of getting rid of those jaggies.

8800gtx af iq

The Lumenex engine provides the highest AA image quality with the lowest performance drop. nVidia designed an antialiasing system that uses Coverage Sampling Antialiasing (CSAA).

"Coverage Sampling Antialiasing uses intelligent coverage information to perform ultrahigh quality antialiasing without bogging down the memory system. CSAA is introduced in the GeForce 8800 GPUs."

As you can se in the screenshots above, AA image quality makes the 8800GTX the current "king of the hill". With both 8 x QAA and 16 x QAA the games are immersive, stunning and free of jaggies.

Let's move onto some benchies...
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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2007, 17:24:49

Rastalovich
Great insight into the higher end of the gpu spectrum.

I have to be fair, even tho u`ve got a 1 to 4 positioning, I don`t think there`s that much in it for any of them. I know the Ati slides in the rankings, but it does show itself to be a fine card.

An interesting comparison would have been performance versus costing, seeing as they`re as close as they appear to be.

I`m a bit at odds with the oc results too. I simply can`t achieve the memory overclock on my GT without it having fits. But I can clock the gpu to around 720 (from 670).

What would impress me is some1 buying the cheapest GT, putting it under water, and claiming back those clock hertz with their superior cooling. Sounds nice.

Suprizes me a bit tho that the GTS isn`t launched as a bigger performer. Although pricewize, it does seem to start from stock where the GT limit starts. Leaving u further to climb

Nice review m8, think every1s doing the "going to bed early to get up early" trick Quote

24-12-2007, 17:25:40

Hyper
Nice to see this review is finally up

Shame I cant view it as 128k is painfully slow :sleep:Quote

24-12-2007, 18:07:43

Hatman
Thing is though there is a BIOS voltmod for the 8800GT that GREATLY increases its overclockability. If there isn't one for the 8800GTS I see them both reaching high limits but so far the 8800GT seems to OC better. With good cooling and the volt mod this thing easily passes 800mhz core, I've seen some at 850+.

What you also go to look at as well is shaders, they seem to be the key thing atm if the shaders OC much better on the 8800GT, which I guess they kinda should since they could simply lock the worst performing ones to get it top out better, it could impact performance in certain titles a lot.

Nice review though I was surprised the 8800GT didn't clock more, there wasn't a heat issue was there?

It should also be said about the supposed problems of the memory modules on the 8800GT, seems that long term use of the memory at 2ghz+ and it brakes. Thats why some companies like Zotac use better memory modules for their cards.Quote

24-12-2007, 18:29:40

Brooksie
Great review Kempez, can't wait to open my GTS tomorrow Quote

24-12-2007, 18:34:22

FarFarAway
The GT was a little hot yes, but I will never change the cooling or take off the heatsink prior to running any tests. I test every card as it would be when it appears on your doorstep

Volt-modding is not part of the overclocking testing as the percentage of users who do that is small and it voids any warranty you have.

An overclock is dependent on what RAM is used, what cooling is like and also what luck you get with the silicon...the overclocking gods didn't smile on me this time

@Rast: I agree, the ATI card is a great card as I said in the ATI review, but this review was for these two cards. Having said that: would I buy the HD3850 personally? No, I'd go for an 8800 GTS 512mb G92 or an 8800 GT 512 G92 It's simply not fast enough with every game, I'm afraid.Quote
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