A few weeks ago Nvidia had one of its most successful launches ever with the 8800GT. Reviews across the web, including ours, were incredibly positive with the excellent performance at a midrange price. At the time of our original review the XFX 8800GT XXX edition was not ready and so we featured only the standard edition. It was a competitive part but not as outstanding as we have come to expect from XFX so when the XXX edition arrived we were quick to put it through some benchmarks and today we will be showing just how well it fared.
As always in such a short space of time, the marketplace has changed and the direct competition to the 8800GT is no longer the 2900XT/Pro, it is the Radeon HD 3870. There is still a gap in the ATI product line-up with no single card flagship enthusiast product; instead ATI's stance is to crossfire the 3870's and with a recommended price of $219/£160 each that is not too outrageous.
Our review will be covering comparisons between the 8800GT XXX, 3870, 2900 XT and stock 8800 GT using the latest games and high definition movies. We will also cover 3870 CrossFire, overclocking, image quality and whether it is possible to connect a 3870 and 2900 XT in a working CrossFire system.