XFX 8800GTS

Close up - XFX 8800GTS

The Card - XFX 8800GTS

The card itself is physically much more of a reasonable size than it's 8800GTX counterpart. This is an absolute bonus for those enthusiasts with smaller form factor machines or perhaps ATX cases that are a little on the diminutive size.

I stuck the card next to a 7900GTX for a comparison:

xfx 8800gts size xfx 8800gts size

The card itself has a nice looking cooler that is the same as the cooler on the GTX variant. Another pleasing thing with the GTS is that it has only one power adapter meaning that those who don't have a Quad SLI ready PSU won't need one to run SLI.

xfx 8800GTS

I like the graphic work that XFX have put on their card, although it may not be to some people's tastes. It's worth noting that nVidia also only put one SLI connecter on the GTS variant of the card...so no plans for triple-SLI for the GTS then...

The capacitors on the card are clustered around the power connecter.

xfx 8800gts power

You may notice these are all high-quality solid-state capacitors.

Dual DVI and S-Video for TV/HDTV out with HDCP support is on show...along with a backplate that shows every finger mark!

xfx 8800gts dual dvi HDCP HDTV

Let's take a look at the back of the card:

xfx 8800GTS

Pretty standard fare on the back of the card although perhaps even more queezed in than it is on the GTX. RoHS compliancy is included for the Europeans.

Specifications:

Dual Link DVI - Supporting digital output up to 2560x1600

DUAL Memory Clock
1.6 GHz

Clock rate
500 MHz

Chipset
GeForce 8800 GTS

Memory
640 MB

Bus Type
PCI-E

Memory Type
DDR3

Memory Bus
320 bit

Highlighted Features
RoHS , Dual DVI Out , TV Out , HDTV ready , HDCP Ready , SLI ready

The Cooler

The cooler on the 8800GTS managed to keep the card running at a reasonable 59°C idle and 70°C load. During full load the coolers excellent ergonomic fan never got above a whisper and I was pleasently suprised when I ran the card on it's own without any othwer case fans on that it ran so very quietly. As stated before an impressive job by nVidia.

xfx 8800gts cooler

The heatpipe is seemingly an ever-present in the world of top-end graphics cards at the moment. nVidia decided that a copper contact with Aluminium heatpipe and cooler was ok for the card...seems to do the trick.

xfx 8800GTs fan

The fan on the 8800GTS does the trick and it will be barely audible in almost any high-end system.

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Most Recent Comments

05-03-2007, 13:15:42

Hyper
Excellent review Kemp.

Definatly made a good read Quote

05-03-2007, 14:06:56

ionicle
looks like a good deal, does that GTS

but i am waiting to get a X1950XTX, when the R600 comes out, the price should plumit!

or so i hope Quote

05-03-2007, 14:25:07

markkleb
Hey Kempez, do you thing a XFX XXX 320Mb version would be better than a regular 640Mb version?Quote

05-03-2007, 14:38:52

FarFarAway
I didn't try the 320mb version I'm afraid mark - but I put it in the conclusion as a considerationQuote

05-03-2007, 16:34:36

ai_01
nice review kemp =P

@ markkleb out of the box, GTX is better, GTS stock is 500 whereas GTX is 550-575. I dont think price/performance wise thou a GTX is worth more to get.Quote
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