ASUS GeForce EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M Video Card Review :: Conclusion

11-09-2006 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

If image quality and performance are your schtick, the 8800GTX is the card for you. The new anti-aliasing modes are incredible looking. The ability to turn on HDR+AA without losing much framerate is another definite plus. Near-perfect angle independent anisotropic filtering makes NVIDIA the IQ leader even without Windows Vista games and Shader Model 4 games being on the market till next year. I am an avid gamer and prefer higher IQ to more fps. 1280x1024 16xq AA +16x AF is fully playable in almost every game I tried on the 8800GTX, with some games playable at 1600x1200.

The future is Microsoft Vista and Shader Model 4, and the GeForce 8800GTX is the first fully compliant Pixel and Vertex Shader 4 card on the market. That means even if you purchase the card today, it will allow you to play the games of tomorrow. There are so many new features which I already covered in the review that it is a bit overwhelming. It's unknown how the 8800GTX will stack up to the competition once Vista and AMDs products launch but that's the future. NVIDIA's 8800GTX is the reference hardware for Microsoft Vista DX10 development, meaning that the 8800GTX is the hardware DX10 games are being developed on.

2048x1536 with 4x MSAA+16x AF is now the sweet spot for gaming for those wanting pure speed on the 8800GTX. Performance at those settings simply blows away the competition. No longer will you worry about gaming with an inferior video card, as the 8800GTX does everything the competition does today with higher image quality and does it noticeably faster than the x1950XTX. Earlier this year NVIDIA launched the 7950 GX2 with 2 7900 gx2 chips on the card. The 8800GTX is not only faster than a single 7950 GX2 it's faster than two of them in SLI mode!