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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX Graphics Card

The new NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX is simply astounding! It's really fast, no matter what you put it through. Even at 1280x1024, you can already benefit from its performance. It works best at higher resolutions like 1600x1200 though.

It also works really well with the new 8xAA anti-aliasing mode which hardly saps its performance, albeit at our test resolution of 1600x1200. Still, that's really good performance considering the fact that even the dual GPU GeForce 7950 GX2 chokes on 8xAA.

We can safely say that armed with the GeForce 8800 GTX, you can play any game at 16xAF and 8xAA without worrying about frame rates. Just load up your game and let 'er rip!

Although NVIDIA's announcement of Quantum Effects will arouse interest in Physics Effects, there's really no need to worry about that just yet. But it's good to know that when games do support NVIDIA's Quantum Effects, your GeForce 8800 GTX will be ready to take over physics calculations thanks to its unified architecture.

We have not been able to test the GeForce 8800 GTX in SLI mode, but frankly, this card is so fast, we wonder if there's a real need for two of these beasts in a single system... But we expect developers to make use of the GeForce 8800 GTX's unified architecture to develop more realistic games as well as other non-graphics applications to run on the GPU.

You have to be insane not to love this card, but you have to be insane to get this card as well! The price tag is as mind-blowing as its predecessor. This time though, the chip is understandably expensive to make. After all, there are 681 million transistors in this baby. We sure love the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX, but its price tag is way beyond our means...

Because of its revolutionary architecture and incredible performance, we are proud to award it our Editor's Choice Award! If only the price was lower... But still, congratulations, NVIDIA!

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP

• $599

Lowest PriceGrabber Price

• NA

Review

Comprehensive Review

Architecture

• G80

Process Technology

• 90 nm

Number of Transistors

• 681 Million

Die Size

• Est. 484 mm2

Stream Processors

• 128

ROPs

• 24 ROPs

Core Clock

• 575 MHz

Shader Clock

• 1350 MHz

Fillrate

• 36.8 Gigapixels / sec.

Memory Interface

• 384-bits memory interface

Memory Buffer

• 768 MB GDDR3

Memory Clock

• 900 MHz
• 1.8 GHz DDR

Memory Bandwidth

• 86.4 GB/s

Power Consumption

• 145.5 W

Graphics Bus

• PCI Express

Shader Model Version

• SM 4.0

NVIDIA IntelliSample Technology

• 4.0

NVIDIA SLI Technology

• Yes (Two SLI connectors)

NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology

• NA

NVIDIA TurboCache Technology

• No

64-bit Texture Filtering and Blending

• Yes

DVI Support

• Two dual-linked DVI, both integrated into the GPU

 

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