XFX GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review :: Gaming GeForce 8800GTX Style

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

By Doc Overclock

The real gaming enhancements of the card come from its superior Antialiasing and Anisotropic filtering as game scenes have never been clearer or sharper on any card previously available, the thing is even though the card looks great with HDR and AA together the real changes this card is capable of will not be seen until DX10 arrives with Vista. Shader Model 4 is where we will see the most amazing scene rendering yet to be viewed on a PC. Until then the card is most assuredly faster than any other single or double card solution and looks great too, but it is not being used to its full potential quite yet. All the games played supported Pixel Shader 2.0 effects or better depending on the title.

We played so many games testing this card, and man what a blast that was for awhile. So many games now sport the best when played with NVIDIA Logo at the splash screen that you can see they are just plain dominating the gaming market. All the major players have seemed to make deals with NVIDIA, and this is a good thing, as the game developers working hand in hand with them helps insure compatibility across the PC platform. This also keeps both parties in the loop of what's next, and keeps robust drivers in a continuous developmental stage, which equates to better performance as drivers mature. There are currently no games or technology that out surpasses the 8800GT series of VGA cards. The problems of running FSAA and HDR together have been corrected on the G80 as well.

This card is geared for high resolutions; many of the settings that are available will be too much for most monitors to handle. I play my games on a 20'' Wide-Screen monitor at a resolution of 1680X1050 pixels and I was amazed at how well the card just played any of the games we played at their maximum settings with absolutely no hiccups, artifacts, screen tears or noticeable performance hits anywhere during gameplay. We tested the card with all the test stuff at even higher resolutions, but my personal experience was at my monitors default resolution. F.E.A.R looked really amazing as did Oblivion, and Oblivion on both my 1950XTX and 7950GS2, stuttered a bit when my card was set to maximum. Games like Sid Meier's Railroads and other Sim type games do not require a card with this much power, but they ran very-very fast indeed!


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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


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


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


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