XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition

A closer look

XFX 8800 Ultra Extreme Edition, a close up

XFX has gone with the standard heatsink/fan combo seen on most of the 8800 Ultra's. The outer shell casing is made out of dark plastic and the only branding on the card is the XFX logo on the fan. The heatsink itself is copper base with aluminium heatpipe and certainly does the job on the 8800 series.

xfx 8800 u

xfx 8800 u

Being a rather large card, the 8800 Ultra is a striking beast and certainly looks good in a case with a window.

8800 ultra

8800 u heatpipe

The card is well made as is usual by XFX and comes with the normal black PCB we've become accustomed to.

8800ultra card end

8800 ultra output

Input wise, XFX have gone with the HDCP enabled double Dual Link DVI out, plus an S-Video TV-out. The great thing about the TV-out is that XFX have supplied the hardware to really get going if you want to plug your TV into the card.

The cooler

As usual the 8800 cooler does a very good job of keeping the card cool. The fan is quiet and efficient, barely getting above a whisper and temperatures are good, even for an 8 series. Running at 64°C idle and 79°C load in a fairly warm room (25°C), you would find it hard to fault it.

8800 ultra

Now we've taken a look at the card, let's see what the figures look like.
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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2007, 07:34:56

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

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

Great read as ever kemp.

With these just didn't cost as muchQuote

25-10-2007, 09:35:13

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

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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