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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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Test System


Gainward Bliss 8800 GT 1024MB Golden Sample
XFX 8800 GTS XXX 512Mb Alpha Dog Edition
Zotac 8800 GTS 512Mb AMP! Edition

Asus Maximus Extreme
Intel QX9650 (3.0Ghz – 1333fsb)
2x1Gb OCZ DDR3-1333Mhz 7-7-7-20
Akasa 1000w PSU
Benq 16x DVD Writer
LG GBW-H10N Blu-Ray Writer
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
Belkin Wireless-G PCI card
3x WD Raptor Hard Drives
1x Hitachi Deskstar
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
Arctic Cooling Freezer
Windows Vista Ultimate
Forceware 169.28
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Call Of Duty 4 (DX9)
DiRT (DX9)
Quake Wars (OpenGL/MegaTexture)
Tiger Woods 08 (DX9)
Gears Of War (DX10)
Lost Planet (DX10)
Half-Life 2: Ep2 (DX9)
World In Conflict (DX10)
Crysis (DX10)
Oblivion (DX9)
Blazing Angels 2 (DX 9)
PowerDVD 7.3

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows Vista was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated). For image quality purposes the screenshots in this review are presented in loseless quality BMP format, these may take some time to download especially for those on slower lines.

Good Benchmarking Practice:
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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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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