XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition

Game Benchmarks - Quake 4, C&C 3 and Bioshock

Quake 4

Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that nVidia traditionally did well on being an OpenGL game. Once again I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.

The Doom engine is where the XFX Ultra should really rip up some numbers, so lets check what happened.

quake 4 benchmark

The difference between the top end cards in this slightly older game engine is less pronounced, but as you can see, the XFX Extreme Edition Ultra does the job.

Command and Conquer 3

C&C3 is the much awaited RTS from EA. Hugely popular and with some pretty nice visuals almost every modern PC should be able to play it. I tested a skirmish right at the end when I had a screen full of mechs to defeat the enemy. AA was set to the highest level it could be in-game.

cnc 3 benchmarks

Naturally in this less demanding game benchmark, the Ultra performs very well...but I don't think you'll be needing an Ultra to run CNC3!


Bioshock is a recent FPS shooter by 2K games. Based on the UT3 engine it has a large amount of advanced DirectX techniques including excellent water rendering and superb lighting and smoke techniques. As I am hoping to do a DirectX 10 comparison once we have a few games out to test, I used the DirectX 9.0c path in Windows XP to test the game.

bioshock benchmark

The Ultra shows it can handle this new, awesome looking game and indeed game engine. UT3 is going to be a big game so it's great that the current cards cope with it well, albeit in the DirectX 9.0c form.
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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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