7950GX2 vs 8800 Series Showdown - The Cards: eVGA 8800GTX

Article Index
7950GX2 vs 8800 Series Showdown
The Cards: eVGA 7950GX2 - XFX 8800GTS
The Cards: eVGA 8800GTX
Side by Side by Side
Test Setup, Info and 3DMark
Game Performance and Conclusion

eVGA 8800GTX:

The biggest and baddest graphics card on the market right now is the nVidia GeForce 8800GTX.  We received the eVGA 8800GTX to play with and compare against the other two cards.  This card is the fastest card available and packs a price tag to match.  This card will set you back $714.95CDN right now, but should become more affordable once the 8900 series launches in 1Q 2007.

eVGA 8800GTX - Full
eVGA 8800GTX - Full

The 8800GTS uses a total of 96 Stream Processors while the 8800GTX uses 128 Stream Processors.  The extra stream processors run faster and when combined with an extra 128MB of faster memory and a faster GPU core, this card is unmatched in performance at this point.

Below is a short list of specs of the 8800GTX.

    • Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTX
    • Core Clock: 575MHz
    • Shader Clock: 1350MHz
    • Stream Processors: 128
    • Memory: 768MB 384-bit GDDR3
    • Memory Clock: 1800MHz
    • Memory Bandwidth: 86.4GB/sec
    • Fill Rate: 36.8 billion vertices/sec.
    • Interface: PCI-Express x16

It seems just unbelievable to me to see specs like this on a single GPU card the same year that the 7950GX2 was released.  The 8800 Series is a huge leap forward in technology and to thing that it was released in the same year as its predecessor is in fact a little scary.  With a leap forward like this we can expect software developers to be playing catch-up for a little while.

Unfortunately, the tendency of having very powerful hardware at your disposal is that you don't optimize games as they could be.  In the end, super powerful graphics cards and quad core computers will result in programmers not streamlining their code and will push the general user to upgrade hardware to play a medium-detailed game.

eVGA 8800GTX - Top
eVGA 8800GTX - Top

As you can see in the picture above, the PCB of the 8800GTX extends over an inch past the end of the cooler.  You will also notice that the card requires two PCIe power connectors and two SLI Bridge connectors to optimize bandwidth allocation.  Unfortunately, we only have one of each of these cards and can't run any SLI numbers at this point.

For more information regarding the technology behind the new 8800 Series, please head on over and read this excellent article at Beyond3D.