XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition

Introduction, Packaging, Package & Specification

Introduction

XFX have a reputation for making the fastest Nvidia cards on the market and the Ultra is currently the fastest card there is available. Branded with XFX's "Extreme" logo and sporting a 650MHz clock rate and some fast shader processors, we put this beast to the test.

Packaging

XFX have branded their top range card with their usual CGI character. The Ultra's box is rather large so the card would look impressive on the shelf.

xfx 8800 ultra box front

xfx 8800 ultra package

There's plenty of info on the box and XFX have made sure that the Extreme Editiom logo is there on the front of the box.

xfx 8800 ultra inside box

The inside of the box is as usual well packed and padded. The foam packaging in the XFX box more than adequately protects the expensive contents inside it.

Package

The package in the XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition is about what you would expect in a top end card. The hardware included in the box sets you up with everything you need as you should expect. Software-wise you get a driver disc and also included is Lost Planet. Whilst this title isn't the best, it's a DX10 game which will allow you to utilise the cards DX10 capabilities.

We have:

* Quick install guide
* Quick reference manual
* S-Video reference sheet
* Driver CD
* Lost Planet (DX10) - *not shown, but included in retail sample*
* 1 x S-Video to component cable
* 2 x DVI to VGA cables
* 1 x S-Video to S-Video cable

xfx 8800 ultra xxx edition package

A nice bundle when you take into account I had the review sample without Lost Planet.

Specification

From XFX's website:

Memory Interface
384 bit
Memory Bandwidth
103.7 GB/sec
Fill Rate
39.2 billion/sec
Chipset
GeForce™ 8800 Ultra
RAMDACs
400 MHz
Stream Processors
128
Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600
Dual
Shader Clock
1620 MHz
Clock rate
650 MHz
Memory Clock
2.2 GHz
Game Bundle
GRAW
Chipset
GeForce 8800 Ultra
Memory
768 MB
Bus Type
PCI-E
Memory Type
DDR3
Memory Bus
384 bit
Highlighted Features
HDTV ready , HDCP Ready , SLI ready , RoHS , Dual DVI Out , Vista

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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2007, 07:34:56

Mullet
Nice, review Matt.

Would love to have 2 of these in my rig...if only to massage my 3DMark scores in an upward direction.Quote

25-10-2007, 08:35:41

Pat123
Nice review niceeee card.. bit too higher price for me tho...

New cards hitting the shelves next week? is this the 8800GTQuote

25-10-2007, 09:08:48

Ham
Great read as ever kemp.

With these just didn't cost as muchQuote

25-10-2007, 09:35:13

Rastalovich
Great read.

Still don`t like 2 slot gfx approach, but also appreciate the existing situation with that generation, and the cooler is proven.

Nice bundle imo, looked like both GRAW and the Lost Planet will give u something to thrash at immediately. Don`t know what else u would want in a bundle aside from tat.

Don`t like the price, especially with the very good alternatives about.

A little bemused with the release timing too tbh, seeing as XFX do have a number of already great 8800 options out there, but maybe this will be their consolidation card moving forward for the older 8800 models. Knowing perhaps that there isn`t a big enough performance gap between the 8800s about to come out and the existing GTX cards, this could be a reason for them to push this Ultra as far as they can.

Don`t think it`s a good option at this time, imo. Nice overall package, be excellent if it were cheaper - c`mon u`ve made u`r monies out of this range by now.Quote

25-10-2007, 10:47:03

Hatman
I dont think the clock speed boost on that ultra over a normal ultra are enough to justify buying it, if it was 100mhz then yeh, but it isnt.Quote
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