XFX GeForce 8800 GT Hands-On Preview

Find out why the GeForce 8800 GT is the video card to get for the 2007 holiday season.



Nvidia announced today the widespread availability of its new mainstream GPU, the GeForce 8800 GT. The new GPU has all the GeForce 8 series features, including a unified shader architecture and DirectX 10, as well as additional support for PCI Express 2.0 and dual-link DVI video support. To establish some perspective, watching Nvidia fill out its GeForce 8 series graphics-processor line has been a fitful experience for many budget-minded PC enthusiasts. Nvidia first launched the GeForce 8 series in November 2006 with the GeForce 8800 GTX and the GeForce 8800 GTS. The cards offered fantastic performance, but hardly anyone could afford to pay $500 or $600, and so we waited.

Then came the GeForce 8600, 8500, 8400, and 8300 GPUs--all decent products for entry-level gaming systems, but, with prices below $150, none offer 3D performance comparable to the GeForce 8800 GTX or the GTS. The $300 GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB came close to the $200-250 sweet spot that gamers crave, but the price was a little too high, and performance, though good, wasn't amazing enough to make it a must-have card.

The GeForce 8800 GT takes up only a single system slot.

Nvidia was offering us only small bites around the perimeter of the GeForce 8 shortbread cookie, when what we really wanted was the dollop of strawberry jam sitting in the middle. If you imagine the most delicious jam in the world--made from ambrosia, beautiful strawberries, and hand-stirred by Oompa-Loompas--it would probably taste like a GeForce 8800 GT.

The GeForce 8800 GT's $199-$259 estimated price slots the card between the GeForce 8800 GTS and the GeForce 8600 GTS on the price scale, but the GT's exceptional 3D processing power places it closer to the GeForce 8800 GTX in performance. Initial 512MB cards such as our XFX GeForce 8800 GT will retail closer to the $249 mark, but several card manufacturers will also release GeForce 8800 GT cards with 256MB of memory to hit the lower $199 price point in the coming weeks. Also, expect manufacturers to venture into the $275-$300 range by offering preoverclocked 512MB GeForce 8800 GTs.

PC owners won't have any trouble fitting the single-slot XFX GeForce 8800 GT into their systems. You just find an open PCI Express graphics slot and slide the card inside. However, like most modern video cards, the XFX requires an additional 6-pin power cable from the system power supply. XFX recommends using a 500W power supply for single-card systems and 600W or more for a dual-card SLI system.

The XFX GeForce 8800 GT comes with Company of Heroes, a great RTS game from Relic Entertainment.

Nvidia was able to lower the price and increase performance by redesigning the chip and shrinking the manufacturing process from 90nm down to 65nm. The older 90nm GPUs required card manufacturers to add a separate display chip onto each card, but that functionality is now integrated into the GeForce 8800 GT. The GPU also includes an upgraded PureVideo processing engine. PureVideo performs HD DVD and Blu-ray high-definition video decoding work, which is usually done on the CPU. Moving the work to the GPU will let people watch HD video content on systems with less powerful CPUs. The GeForce 8800 GT has two dual-link HDCP DVI connectors, which let 30" widescreen LCD owners watch HD movies in full-screen at 2560x1600.

GPUGeForce 8800 GTGeForce 8800 GTSGeForce 8800 GTX
Price$249 $279 (320MB), $375 (640MB)$499
Stream Processors11296128
Shader Clock1.5GHz1.2GHz1.35GHz
Core Clock600MHz500MHz575MHz
Memory512MB GDDR3320MB-640MB GDDR3768MB GDDR3
Memory Clock900MHz800MHz900MHz
Memory Interface256-bit320-bit384-bit

The GeForce 8800 GT features 112 stream processors clocked at 1.5GHz, which is close to the GeForce 8800 GTX's 128 stream processors clocked at 1.35GHz and much better than the GeForce 8800 GTS's 96 stream processors clocked at 1.2GHz. The GTX and GTS cards still have superior 384-bit and 320-bit memory interfaces, respectively, but many high-end GPUs still use a 256-bit memory interface just like the GeForce 8800 GT. If the GeForce 8800 GTS sounds like the odd card out, that's because it is. Nvidia has already discontinued the 320MB version and is keeping the 640MB around only to satisfy channel demand. Nvidia will have to upgrade the GTS soon if the company wants to keep the brand relevant in the GeForce 8800 GT era.

System Setup: Intel Core 2 X6800, Intel 975XBX2, eVGA 680i, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory (1GBx2), 750GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2, Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit. Graphics Cards: GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB, GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB, GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia ForceWare 169.01, ATI Catalyst 7.10.

Our performance numbers show the XFX GeForce 8800 GT coming in slightly behind the GeForce 8800 GTX but ahead of the GeForce 8800 GTS and the Radeon 2900 XT in all of the games we tested except for BioShock, where the Radeon outperformed the GT. We're not sure why the GeForce 8800 GTX SLI system also gave us a lower than expected framerate result in World in Conflict, but the GT and the Radeon both showed framerate gains in dual-card mode.

The GeForce 8800 GT's performance is impressive when you consider that the GT costs only $249 compared to $500 for the GTX. You could spend the same amount of money on two GeForce 8800 GT cards to create a dual-card SLI setup that will handily beat a single GeForce 8800 GTX. It's pretty shocking how much performance value the GT offers in comparison to the most powerful cards on the market--you're getting top-of-the-line performance at a mainstream price point. Anyone looking to build a Windows Vista gaming system should start with the GeForce 8800 GT.

The GeForce 8800 GT is the GPU to buy for this holiday season, and the XFX GeForce 8800 GT is an excellent card based on Nvidia's new blockbuster chip. It's affordable, supports both DirectX 9 and DirectX 10, and has more than enough performance power to handle graphics-heavy games such as BioShock, World in Conflict, Crysis, Unreal Tournament 3, and Hellgate: London. The XFX GeForce 8800 GT ships today with a $249.99 MSRP.


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kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i do concure with previous comments about vista in many respects, vista is a very unstable and unfinished product, to this day i have vista compatibility problems with internet explorer and windows media player, and those are all windows products. Microsoft is to buissy making gaming systems that break every 6 months to care about their native pc platform. honestly microsoft is stretched in to many directions as a company and if you ask me they are starting to fail in all areas.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i have the 640 mb 8800 gt, i am so impressed by the new 512 version i might have to give my 640 to my brother for his birthday and get a 512, or two.

ringwraith58854
ringwraith58854

Go with the 9600, mikeisaniceguy . High power, low cost. And if you have decent ram and processor, you can run CoD4 in all its glory with no lag.

GodsAngel26
GodsAngel26

I just upgraded to the GeForce 8800 GT 1GB and I couldn't be happier. I recommend the 1GB model over the 512MB one though, that way you'll be set for a while. Oh and buy the way, CRYSIS looks amazing with this card.

mikeisaniceguy
mikeisaniceguy

I can't wait to get the Nvidia 8800 gt. I'm not the real graphics card/computer person but all I know is that I got all good reviews on it. Plus I don't have to play a laggy Cod4 all the time.lol

goldparty
goldparty

I got a "Eraser" pc with 2x8800gt 512mb. SLI system...and to say it short... VISTA SUCKS ...in xp im running over 100FPS in VISTA 29 FPS !!.-cant run Crysis without some grafic errors (lacks,stalls etc.) Due VISTA-a unfinished product-hotfixes here hotfixes there Nvidia Beta drivers to perform better on SLI system who runs VISTA-IM waiting 14 days more to give MS Vista SP1 a chance..OR GOODBYE VISTA see you im a couple years- sorry my bad english-SO frustraded that with this monster MSI Medion Pc I cant run Crysis without problems.Thank you MS for you UNFINISHHED product

Ninja_RaVeN
Ninja_RaVeN

i got my 8800GT and it is great if your thinking of buying a 8800GT then your doing the right thing cuz this card is one of the best price per performance ratio on the market right now

Firozecool
Firozecool

Nice GPUs! However still very strange, that in some games the inferior GPUs work better than the GTX SLI! Though, I'd go for Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX SLI if I had loads of $$$s! :P

7121984
7121984

I would deninitely want to own one!

skatingecko
skatingecko

if u wanna buy it cheap or generally anything for computers cheap like RAM, motherboards, CPUs, etc., go to Tigerdirect.com. shipping is fast, I once got my 1GB RAm stick in a day, even tho i chose 3-7 days shipping.

skatingecko
skatingecko

ehhh id go for GT...its not only cheaper but its better in some games *cough* World in Conflict is awesome *cough*

_FAC_
_FAC_

I will buy a 8800GTS as everyone should

_FAC_
_FAC_

I will buy a 8800GTS as everyone should

_FAC_
_FAC_

I will Buy a 8800 GTS And everyone else Should.

outfit
outfit

actually tbh I think dada-007 posted it as a joke... lol @ whoever believed him. But holy crap, one of my friends has an 8800GTS and I thought that looked amazing.... then came the 8800GT for a cheaper price :D. Hey, so even though the 8800GT was released at a cheaper price with better performance, nvidia has continued the 8800GTS line?

chrisdklee
chrisdklee

I recently got the 8800 GT OC by BFG. And I have to say... OMG...AMAZIING...Crysis on max, Fear on Max, WiC max and especially CoD4 Max and a 19 in montior it is truly a beauty=]. Especially fro teh price. But one problem I first encounters was the heat problem, and i ahd to crank up the fans for that, and it chugs electrcity, but tehn again mine are SLI. sooo maybe thats why. but all in all before I SLI the card, the graphics were amazing, I can even watch Blu-ray movies very clearly. Core 2 Duo E6850, 3GB Ram Corsair, Zalman Fans all over, 1 TB HDD, and ASUS P5N32-E SLI and 1000 Watt power Supply -.- I totally recomend this card to anyone, but the sound form ym fans keeps me up at night and people are right this thing drains power. but I think my computer is future proof for teh next 3-4 months -.- lol

mr_p__ness
mr_p__ness

i think DADA-007 only posted that comment cos his pc is really really crap,and unfortunatly he has to make do with one of the lesser CONSOLE'S

patsy-cline
patsy-cline

DADA-007 i don't understand what your saying are you saying you bought four 9800 gtx's and a million GB's hard drive and 50GB ram?????

HUNTO1
HUNTO1

got a GeForce 8800GT 512MB memory for christmas, rules ass, runs CoH great with everything high, AMD Athlon 3500+ with 1.762GB of RAM, awesome

gifteddie
gifteddie

hope this works with HP pentium. No way I am pulling out another $1200 for a Nvidia or whatever it's called.

DADA_007
DADA_007

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DADA_007
DADA_007

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DoKitoa
DoKitoa

i have the new edition of the Asus 8800gt, with the big cooler. I love this, and Crysis flows like a river. But Nvidia is doing the new 9800 video card, naaaaa!!...give me a break with my new target nvidia please! greetings from Chile

cabacinho
cabacinho

I have a nvidia 7600 GT and want to upgrade to the 8800 GT. Do I need to reconfigure my pc or somthing along that line or can I just plug it in? Thanks.

FSDude
FSDude

Impressive!!! And I recently purchased a BFG 8800 GTX, but don't regret it thought. After all....besides being marginally faster, it does have more memory (768mb vs the GT's 512mb) and that could play out better in the LONG term. But nonetheless.....this sounds like an impressive GPU at a decent price and hopefully brings more ppl to the world of PC gaming :). I pretty sure if I build another PC down the road, I'll be looking to fitting one or even going with a SLI config with these :).

JW16
JW16

I got a AMD Athlon x2 6000+,with a 250gb hard disk,3072MB of ram,8800GT,windows Vista,and I play crysis on high with water setting on very high.But anyways this video card is kickasss.

jimbone123
jimbone123

Two 8800gt cards in sli beat a single 8800 gtx by 50% and is 100 to 150 dollars cheaper then it.

recvx_freak
recvx_freak

Wow these prices at such a high quality card. ill definatly buy, before i knew this i was planning to buy 7800 GT but now i think 8800 Gt would be a better choice. but "TiberiumMember" review says it takes too much power so that could be a problem. because there r so many power failures in my country and i dont think my UPS would take the load...

recvx_freak
recvx_freak

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Lorusgold
Lorusgold

Is a good card : ) I by in november..

primehunter326
primehunter326

I'm getting one of these for my PC, the only issue is finding them in stock.

TiberiumMember
TiberiumMember

this card has CRAZY performance BUT Takes alot of electricity so not every1 can buy the card i can raise money and buy the card+SLi but i don't think i will have the money for the Electricity Bill think about it.. 500W power supplier.... and 600W for SLi ... imagine that you are downloading a game, it's about 7GB and you need to keep the computer Turned on all night that's alot of POWER!! conclusion: you have to be RICH to buy this card

benboy99
benboy99

this card is good to get but the XFX GeForce 8800 GT Extreme PCIe 2.0 is the best for gameing i have it its very good i meen it

easykill_astari
easykill_astari

I need a new GPU .... i can play games like bioshock at medium all and Pro Street on high/Medium , i want to play the orange box at high when i get it on Xmas !!!

golg
golg

LOL Cicciolino... I have the same graphics card right now, the FX 5200 (which is a PCI card, not PCI-Express). Thankfully I'm getting a new system with a PCI-E motherboard, BUT - no way I can afford an 8800 card now, so I'm getting the 8600, which is still pretty good. I drool over the 8800's... gawd...

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

8800GT is a great GPU, worth buy it.

Cicciolino
Cicciolino

The 8800 GT is "the" video card. I have a GFX 5200. Is this card good enough?

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

I want 8800 gt . it is the best graphic card for the money.

JOSE24DGUEZ
JOSE24DGUEZ

i want the 8800gt my old raden x1300 is outdated

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

so far only the 512Mb version has been released to stores... I CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PredatorRules
PredatorRules

eh good thing i didn't bought the 8800GTS - lucky me =P

satorn
satorn

great .. i can't wait to change my 128MB FX 5500 card lol !!

prowler666
prowler666

Aksarafrezz nice! getting my BFG 8800 GT OC2 today too. can't wait!

Aksarafrezz
Aksarafrezz

for girls if u want ur boyfriend to love u even more this holiday.. u should buy this card for them hahahha i know i love my gf coz she bought me 1 hahaha now i can SLi my 8800GT!!! hahaha

MichaelGeorge70
MichaelGeorge70

nice already oredered mine £139gbp i beleive thank you best buy only problem is I can't have one till after christmas (poor availability in uk also) and it will complete my custom buit rig core 3 e6750 with fsb of 1333mhz 2.66Ghz 4mb Lv2cache asus p5n-e sli 600 watt silent psu -(unfortunatley doesnt support ddr 3 so no 1333 for me) 2 gig ocz 800mhz low latency ram 19 inch flat panel g5 laser mouse with wireless keyboard and a new sleek black case clear site panel cool blue lights very athsteticly pleasing.. and all for under £1000 (diy is so much better than prebuilt unless youve got £5000 for a falcon) Crisis here i come..p.o

Circlestrafe
Circlestrafe

This card rocks, no doubt about it. But what's with all the 8800gts owners complaining/crying their hardware is garbage? I've read through a couple posts complaining that now the poster needs to spend 500 bucks to grab two 8800gt cards to play Crysis...why not just buy a second 8800gts for about half that an SLI 'em? If you bought a dx10 card w/o an SLI motherboard, that was simply poor planning, so for most SLIing two 8800gts(s) shouldn't be a problem or require a motherboard upgrade expense. If these 8800gts owners are trying to say Crysis is unplayable or looks terrible using two 8800gts (or even 1 for that matter), they need to step back and quit focusing exclusively on performance/benchmark specs and realize that a game doesn't have to run @ 100+ frames per second, it's just as playable at half that framerate if not less. Nothing wrong with wanting better or the best, but as a gamer since the late 1980s, it's baffling that anyone as of right now, would be labeling an 8800gts as 'rubbish' or be unhappy they're 'stuck' with this card they purchased x months ago. Benchmarks aren't realworld. Meant to just throw my $0.02 in but I guess it's more like $1.25.