The OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX Video Card Review

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OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX

OCZ 8800 GTX

OCZ sends a very generous bundle with the 8800 GTX, two DVI-VGA adapters, two molex-PCI-E power adapters, component cable, S-video cable, and a video out cable. Those power adapters can come in handy if for some reason you don’t have a power supply with two PCI-E power connectors.

OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX

Looking at our OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX we see that they are using the reference heatsink and cooler with just a different sticker on the heatsink to differentiate it from other GeForce 8800 GTX cards. Notice that our card has that sexy black PCB that seemingly disappeared. Either we have an early card or OCZ bought up many of the black PCB’s.

Underneath that heatsink lies that now familiar and stellar performing, GeForce 8800 GTX core clocked at 575MHz, and the memory comes clocked at 1.8GHz both reference speeds for an 8800 GTX.

OCZ 8800 GTX

At the far end of the board we see the dual 6- pin PCI-E power connectors that the GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra require for operation. If you forget to plug one of those in, the screech from the card will quickly remind you!

OCZ 8800 GTX

On to the backside of the card, we get a great view of that beautiful black PCB, the 4 retention screws for the GPU heatsink, and the 7 retention screws for the memory and voltage regulators. We also get a good view of the dual SLI connectors exclusive to the GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 Ultra.

Now that we’ve had a look at our card let’s see how it performs, after all that’s why we spent the money on it right?!

Test Setup

Test Bench

 

Video Card Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

 

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700

 

Motherboard

Intel 975XBX2KR

 

Memory

2GB OCZ Gold 1000

 

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 74GB

 

Cooling

AeroCool Xfire Heatsink

 

Power Supply

Silverstone 850W 

 

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP2

 

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600 with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. ATI CATALYST 7.3 Drivers were used on all of the ATI X1000 series video cards. BETA ATI Catalyst drivers were used for ATI Radeon HD 2900XT. Forceware 93.71 drivers were used for NVIDIA GeForce 7000 series cards. Forceware 158.22 drivers were used for GeForce 8800 series cards.

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