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XFX 8800GT 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition
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Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 27 November 2007 22:45
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XFX 8800GT 512MB Alpha Dog XXX Edition
(Image from Metku Mods)
 

Metku mods show us if this dog is all bark or if it has a real bite:

Recently we have been focusing on gaming input devices. They are important but when talking about gaming, there are several other components that make or break the experience. One can't aim without a good mouse, one can't play online without proper networking hardware and connection and one can't expect to hear the enemies around the corner without proper audio equipment. We still haven't covered the CPU that runs the whole show or the monitor that gives us the view to play in. And what drives the image on the monitor?

This time we'll test out the latest desktop GFX offering that uses nVidia's GPU - the 8800GT. Unit that we have here is a factory overclocked model from XFXForce. You may have heard a lot of good things about the 8800 series, so does the Alpha Dog have what it takes to make it the Top Dog?!

 

Read the full review at Metku Mods:

When you look at the numbers it is clear the 8800 GTX will have a hard time on keeping up with this card. When you take the price in concideration, the GT is already starting to look like a winner. One might wonder what are the motives on nVidia camp to make their new product so fast but still keep such a low price tag. ATI's new 38xx lineup must be one of the reasons but the recent benchmarks on them show that they will not challenge the GT when it comes to performance.

As the GPU-Z indicates, the G92 is based on the new 65nm manufacturing technology. As the older G80 contained around 681 million transistors the new technique allowed nVidia to utilize the space bit better and to use over 750 million transistors. Thinner traces also mean lower power requirements and that is the thing many of us have been waiting for. Watercooling is nice but personally I try to avoid using it on my own setups. With 8800GT, the need for more powerful cooling isn't any higher than with the previous models. In fact, we stepped further away from that road.

G92 is also the first GFX chip that complies with the PCI Express 2.0 standard. The most important thing that the new standard offers is the bandwidth of 5 gigabits per second between the GFX part and the rest of the system.

 
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