8-Way GeForce 8800 GT Roundup
While Microsoft may feel that the introduction of Vista was more groundbreaking, in our minds the introduction of NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800 GT was without a doubt, the most significant new product introduction in 2007 for the PC. “Why!”
you ask? Simple. No other product had as profound an impact on its intended audience. While Vista launched to a lukewarm reception, and it’s true that there were faster GPUs that were launched earlier in 2007, no other product sent consumers scurrying to reach for their credit cards quicker than the GeForce 8800 GT. Online retailers across the globe sold out of their GeForce 8800 GT cards within a day of the GPU’s release last October.
The GeForce 8800 GT didn’t just establish new levels of performance at the $250-$300 price point, it completely redefined
what gamers expect out of a $300 graphics card: a factory overclocked GeForce 8800 GT card can give the GeForce 8800 GTX a run for its money at 1600x1200, all while costing hundreds of dollars less.
The fact that it accomplishes all this while running quietly with lower power consumption and requiring just one graphics slot is icing on the cake!
Because of its outstanding price/performance ratio, the GeForce 8800 GT was the card of choice in our $500 Gaming PC Upgrade
article. In the article we directly challenged the notion that you need to spend thousands of dollars to build a nice PC for gaming. In fact, we proved that $500 is all you need to upgrade an existing computer to deliver performance and graphics that were better than any game console from Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft. This is all due in large part thanks to the GeForce 8800 GT.
So in that article we told you to pick up a GeForce 8800 GT as the centerpiece of your system followed by solid components like the Gigabyte motherboard, Athlon 64 X2 4000+ and OCZ RAM playing a supporting role, but we didn’t tell you which
GeForce 8800 GT to buy.
In today’s article we’re going to take a look at eight of the best GeForce 8800 GT cards on the market right now.
We’ve rounded up cards from ASUS, ECS, EVGA, Gigabyte, Leadtek, MSI, Palit, and XFX. Each card has its fair share of unique features going for it. For instance, some of the cards ship with aftermarket or custom cooling for better thermal performance, while all of them are factory overclocked. The following chart summarizes the key features found in the boards we’re evaluating today (all of the prices come from Newegg or TigerDirect):
|GeForce 8800 GT Comparison|
|Card||Core Clock Speed||Memory Clock Speed||Reference Design/Cooling?||Game Bundle||Price|
|ASUS EN8800GT TOP||700MHz||1.0GHz||Yes/Yes||Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts||N/A|
|ECS N8800GT-512MX DT||650MHz||950MHz||Yes/No||No||$270|
|EVGA e-GeForce 8800GT SSC||700MHz||1.0GHz||Yes/Yes||Varies-Crysis or ET:QW||N/A|
|Gigabyte GV-NX88T512HP||700MHz||920MHz||No/No||Neverwinter Nights 2 w/manual||$260|
|Leadtek WinFast PX8800GT Extreme||680MHz||1.0GHz||Yes/Yes||Neverwinter Nights 2||$280|
|MSI NX8800GT-T2D512E OC||660MHz||950MHz||Yes/Yes||No||$230|
|Palit GeForce 8800GT Sonic||650MHz||950MHz||No/No||Tomb Raider Anniversary||$260|
|XFX GeForce 8800 GT (PV-T88P-YDQ4)||625MHz||900MHz||Yes/Yes||Company of Heroes||$250|