Palit GeForce 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic SLI Video Card Review

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Box, Bundle, and Test Setup

Palit 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic

The box Palit ships the 8800 GTS 1GB in is pretty nice looking and very prominently displays what type of card it is, that it is overclocked, and the fact that it’s a limited edition.

Palit 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic

On the back of the box there is a nice table of assorted 8000 and 7000 series cards and what is best for certain applications. This is a nice touch for those that don’t follow graphics cards closely and just need an idea of what they should be looking for.

Palit 8800 GTS 1GB Sonic

The included bundle is quite nice as they have included a DVI to D-Sub adaptor, a DVI to HDMI adaptor, a molex to PCI-E 6-pin adaptor, and the fore mentioned RGB connector. We also have the usual “Quick Install Guide” that covers installing the card and drivers, the driver CD, and they also included Tomb Raider: Anniversary. I haven’t yet had time to fire it up but if it’s anything like TR: Legend it will be a lot of fun!

Right, so let’s get to why we are writing this article, how do these bad boys perform?!

Test Setup

Test System

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 GTX 768MB graphics 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.

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770

Motherboard

XFX nForce 780i SLI

Memory

SuperTalent PC2-8000 2GB

Video Card

See Above

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Cooling

Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme

Power Supply

Thermaltake ToughPower 1000W 

Operating System

Windows Vista Ultimate

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