Nvidia GeForce 8800GT - The Battle for the Budget - Final Conclusion

Article Index
Nvidia GeForce 8800GT - The Battle for the Budget
EVGA 8600GT 256MB Specifications
GeForce 8800 GT 512MB Specifications
Testing Page 1 (Synthetic Tests)
Testing Page 2 (Gaming Tests)
Final Conclusion

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Final Conclusion:

The 8800GT is looking to be crowned the best bang for the buck card, and from what we've seen, it has made a very strong case for itself. The purpose of this article wasn't to find out who has the fastest card, but more to provide a comparison between the 8600GTS and the 8800GT to help figure out which provides the best value for the money. The 8600GTS fell quite a bit short in the performance category when compared to the 8800GT, but it's also priced ~$110 dollars cheaper too, and provides a lower-cost alternative. At the moment there is no current Nvidia card between the 8600GTS and the 8800GT, since the 8800GTS is eventually going to be retired, and its most likely going to come down to the 8600GTS and the 8800GT when most people are looking to buy a new DX10 video card and want to stick with the Nvidia camp. The 8600GTS provides decent enough performance, and I can see a lot of people going with the 8800GT instead of the 8600GTS, especially if you play much for newer games. Right now you can still buy an 8800GTS, but unless the prices drop (8800GTS is still ~$350) I can't see many people buying the 8800GTS anymore since the cheaper-priced 8800GT is outperforming them.

What does the ATI team have in the bag to counter this? Well, they are going to be releasing a 2950 series card which is rumored to be in the same performance range as the 8800GT, which could make the Mid-Range video card battle a good one. Biggest thing though for consumers is going to be pricing, and at the moment with the 8800GT in the ~$270-280 range, I'd think ATI will have a hard time keeping up with  it price-wise. I really doubt though that ATI is going to give up either, and I think at the end of the day this competition between the 8800GT and the ATI 2950 series is going to only benefit the consumers, which is always a good thing.

I really think Nvidia has a winner on their hands though, and I think they are going to sell a lot of cards. For the majority of gamers out there, who play games at 1280x1024 this card will be more than enough to keep them satisfied, and this mid-range market is a big one, as not everyone wants to drop $600+ dollars on a video card. The 8800GT really shines at higher resolutions and once you start turning on some eye candy in games, at lower resolutions a card like the 8600GTS can keep up, but once you turn on AA and AF is when you really start to see the 8800GT take over.

Since this card we've tested is a reference sample, we are not going to be providing a final score, but as you can see from the results its most likely going to be a very popular product and companies such as BFG, eVGA, XFX and many others will be carrying them very shortly. Undoubtedly you will be seeing overclocked 8800GT's hitting the market, which should be able to squeeze even more performance out of this card, and for those who held off on buying a new video card in anticipation of the 8800GT, you'll probably be very happy about that.

Even though we're not giving this an overall score, even as a reference sample it's still a Top Pick! 

  Top Pick

 

A big thanks to Memory Express for providing us with the 8800GT for testing. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.