ECS GeForce 8800 GT Video Card Review – N8800GT-256MX

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Test Setup

The test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit with all available Microsoft updates including the hotfixes required for enthusiast video cards to run correctly. NVIDIA Forceware 169.28 beta drivers were used on all of the GeForce 8800 series graphics cards, and 174.74 used for the 9800 GTX (174.74 drivers will not install on the GeForce 8800 GTX series). ATI Catalyst 8.3 drivers were used for all ATI cards. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used. Memory timings were set to 1000MHz 4-5-4-15. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX were standard modles and the GeForce 8800 GTS were the Palit 1GB Sonic SLI Video Cards.

Intel Test Platform



Live Pricing


Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770


XFX nForce 780i SLI


Crucial PC2-8500 2GB

Video Card

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB


Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Power Supply

Thermaltake ToughPower 1000W 

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

Note that all of our testing was done on a Dell 30″ LCD screen at a resolution of 2560×1600. While this doesn’t represent a typical gamer, we have tested the 8800 GT at more mainstream resolutions and this article is to focus on the performance and value of cards under $200 for gamers with large LCD panels.

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