XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review :: XFX GeForce 8800GTX Layout

11-08-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Doc Overclock

XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review

Originality will play a zero roll in the first generation of 8800GTX cards being released, as all are based up the same design by NVIDIA to insure stability and compatibility throughout all NVIDIA chipset based partner's cards. At this point who has the coolest sticker and package content are the only real differences in the various cards available at launch time.

XFX has a very nice sticker, and the card comes with a clear, plastic coated peel off sticker that protects the actual XFX sticker, wow that was wordy. The card is kind of long, 23 cm' in fact, and may be a bit troublesome to install in some instances where space is limited. Beyond that the card is laid out well enough and the fan is very quite this time around, unlike previous blow dryer editions that were louder than necessary.


XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review

The card requires Dual Six-Pin connectors in order to be powered on, but strangely enough the total power requirements are about the same as the previous 7950GS2 cards. There is a plastic cover housing the card and the chipset and memory located below it. The capacitors are located in a place where they will not get broken or bent while attempting to install or remove the card from your motherboard. You can see there is a heat pipe sticking out through the plastic as it makes it way to the cooling fins located by the cards I/O.

Without actually dissecting the card (which we will do when XFX has a dead one), there is really no way to tell if the plastic shield is actually doing anything other than just being that, a plastic shield. Whether or not it's really helping by routing the fan air is questionable, but that must be the case as there are fins that are open for air circulation. The fan blows air across the GPU, memory and circuits that along with the heat pipe seem to be designed to help dissipate and control the cards heat signature and keep it running cooler.


XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review

The rear I/O offers Dual DVI connections, and no more of those analog connections are to be found on any of the later model GeForce series products. They do however provide an adapter if you are still using old school low tech hardware. Strangely enough there are two SLI fingers on this card, and with motherboards now having three PCIe slots there will be room for two NVIDIA cards and one PhysX card in the future so maybe that explains it. The 800GTS on the other hand only has one SLI finger, so this will be an option for extreme power users only. The 8800GTX layout leaves little to complain about and other than being a bit long and needing two 6-pin power cables its design seems within reason.


XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review
XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review