Asus EN 8800 GTX - nVidia's G80 Performance Revealed

Game Tests - F.E.A.R. and Call of duty 2


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c.


It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.


Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for F.E.A.R. on a Dell 2405FPW display:

fear settings

fear in game fps

As you can see the 8800GTX only sank to 19FPS, though when I looked on the FPS results this was only at one point and the second lowest FPS was 35FPS. I considered not including the 1 reading dip, but it came out in our test so I put it in. The game looked awesome at this res and quality and it was an immersive pleasure to play.

Call of Duty 2

Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow. Will the 8800GTX walk this one too?



Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Call of Duty on a Dell 2405FPW display:

call of duty settings

call of duty 2 fps

Once again Call of Duty 2 played superbly well at extreme details, creating by far the best WWII gameplay experience I've had so far. With frames never dipping under 28FPS and detail levels bordering on insane, it was awesome fun, and the 8800GTX took it all in it's stride.

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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2007, 17:24:49

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

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

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

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

24-12-2007, 18:34:22

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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