XFX 8800 GTS 512 and Asus 8800 GT 512 - G92 shoot out

Unreal Tounament 3, Crysis and Gaming Overview

Unreal Tournament 3
I have included UT3, even though it is another UE3 game as it is a fast, frantic and furious multiplayer mash-up experience. Using advanced DirectX 9.0c features, the Unreal Engine looks fantastic and runs on almost all half-decent modern GPU's making it an ideal all-round test.
unreal tournament 3
Again the trend continues with the XFX 8800 GTS and the 8800 GTX being on very even terms, with the Asus 8800 GT not very far behind at all.
Crysis has to be our most challenging benchmark to date. Running under Windows Vista and using DirectX 10 path, Crysis is currently limited to using "High" settings, rather than "Very High" using any of today's single cards. I also ramped down the resolution to 1680 x 1050 to make sure that I was happy with the framerates.
Here we see the extra memory bandwidth and pixel fillrate of the 8800 GTX come to the fore with a higher minimum FPS. However, the 8800 GTS stands up very well to it's older sibling and indeed gaming on the XFX 8800 GTS was very smooth at this detail level. The Asus 8800 GT dropped off the pace slightly here, but was still a pleasant experience to use.
Gaming Overview
For those of you who don't like to read through pages of my waffle, the performance in this review can be summed up as follows:
1st: XFX 8800 GTS 512 G92
Silky smooth in every test, the new G92 GPU shows it pace in gaming.
2nd: MSI 8800 GTX 768 G80
The old dog has a little life left in it and although losing out to the newer rev card, it's not exactly that much of a measurable gap.
3rd: Asus 8800 GT Top G92
The 8800 GT sits in very very close 3rd place, certainly not far behind it's more stream processor-endowed siblings.
4th: Sapphire HD3850
Sitting in an admirable 4th place, the low-priced but awesome-value HD3850 doesn't quite match the big boys for performance but gives a great account of itself.
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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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