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Nvidia 8800 GT and GTS Showdown: XFX, Zotac and Gainward

Nvidia 8800 GT and GTS Showdown: XFX, Zotac and Gainward

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Gainward Bliss 8800GT PCX Golden Sample 1GB

Gainward’s packaging gives pretty much all the information we need, this is a 8800 GT card with a whopping 1024Mb of memory. The card supports PCI-Express 2.0, SLI and has dual DVI ports. There is no information on HDCP support but the card does feature it as well as Nvidia’s PureVideo 2. The bundle provided by Gainward is the best on show today. As well as Tomb Raider Anniversary we also get a DVI to HDMI convertor, ideal for those who want to connect to a high definition television, and a copy of PowerDVD 6. Ideally we would like to see PowerDVD 7.3 included as it has better support for Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, but for standard DVD playback V6 is fine.

As this is a Golden Sample card it features enhanced clock speeds of 650MHz core, 950MHz memory (Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A DDR3 1000MHz rated) and 1625MHz shader. Finally, as this is a G92 based GT model there are 112 unified shaders present.

Gainward’s card and cooler design deserves a closer look as it is rather different to a standard GT. The PCB is red, rather than the reference green which immediately makes it stand out, but in addition to this the dual slot cooler has a great looking red and black metal design which we love.
There is a fan inside the heatsink next to the core but it is not actually attached to the GPU block by any form of screw or connector, instead the fan is held between the main heatsink and copper block. Heat is transferred away from the core by two copper heat pipes which then transfer the heat to the black metal fins on the main heatsink. Air passes through these fins to/from the fan cooling the card.

Memory heatsinks are also provided on the front and back of the product, the front chips are actively cooled due to being close to the main GPU fan however the chips on the back of the card receive no direct cooling.

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Stuart Davidson

4 Comments

  1. how do you get blazing angels 2 to run in 1080p I can only get a max of 1280×960 4:3 or 1280×1024 (squashed) Help me BA1 had a launcher allowing 1080p

  2. m8

    512mb is a lot for this day and age.

    Sincerely m8

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