Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT Reviewed

The Review

The review

As always, we’ve taken advantage of this review to update the tested games. Unreal Tournament 3 and Crysis (using their demos, the Crysis demo having been released on Saturday) are making their first appearances and have, as with other games, been tested under real-life conditions with Fraps (no timedemo). The latest patches were applied just before the test.

Given the time we had to write this review, we focused on DirectX 9 performances under Windows XP. As we’ve seen, the DirectX 10 mode on actual games isn’t optimized and consumes a lot of GPU power for an often disappointing result, and isn’t therefore really recommended for mid-range cards.

Resolution-wise, 1600 x 1200 and 1920 x 1400 are our preferences, since (with all details pushed to the maximum) they’re the playable resolutions on a GeForce 8800 GT. As a reminder, the 1680 x 1050 on 22 inch monitors is only 8% less demanding than the 1600 x 1200 mode, and is therefore very close. When considering 1920 x 1200, it represents a computing workload of 17% less than 1920 x 1440. This penalizes, however, the 8600 GTS which shows its the limits of its performance. In order to preserve meaningful results, this card will therefore be tested without filters, as its 256 MB memory causes a collapse in performance (refer to this review).

GeForce 8800 GT

Test setup:

  • Asus P5K3 Deluxe
  • Intel Core 2 Quad QX6850 (FYI: similar to the E6850 in games)
  • Kingston 2 x 1024 MB setup in DDR-3 800 6-6-6-15-21
  • Hitachi T7K250 250 GB
  • DVD Player Asus 12x
  • Tagan U15 Easycon 530 W
  • Windows XP Pro
  • ForceWare 167.37 (all GeForce all games except Crysis)
  • ForceWare 169.01 (all GeForce under Crysis)
  • Catalyst 7.10 WHQL
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  • spuddyt
    ah well, the 2900 pro (OC'd to xt) was still a good deal *tries to comfort himself*
  • leexgx

    8800 GT puts the GTS in an bad price market now and not so smart buy now
  • Koog
    8800GT looks like a real good midrange performer FOR THE MOMENT. I would not invest any money in a videocard upgrade, there are NO proven Dx10 cards out there. I would wait until Vista is sorted out and there are more than a `handful' of Dx10 games out there, otherwise you are just buying very poor attempts to deliver Dx10 performance on your PC.
    If I really, really had to get a new card right now, it would be the 8800GT!
  • r202156
    From my point of view as a more budget gamer, I hope that these new upper midrange releases push down the price of cards like the 8600GT and 8600GTS. I'm also very noise concious with my computers and it's good to see that the already relatively quiet 8800 series has contined in the same way.
  • steveobhave
    I think it looks like a great opportunity for the owners of DX9 cards to comfortably come into the DX10 world. Still it is not that magic that will make me consider dealing in my 8800GTS 640MB - saving my pennies for the big fish early next year.
  • Sewje
    Seriously what did ppl expect? that gfx cards will stand still in time and not advance forward, with vista released i don't think microsoft will let hardware like the 8800gtx/ultra to sit at the top at a premium.

    Since vista i trying for the masses they need hardware which can decently run it for the masses and priced for the masses.

    Its good news for tech ppl etc who know the value from this, but how many ppl just want a computer that can play games decently and not cost a fortune? thats right everyone.

    The tech has to advance like for win98 to winxp, everything takes time and the time has come for this.
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