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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB (Reference Card) review

GeForce 8800 GTS: The 320MB Proposition

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The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB

The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB

The GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB that Foxconn sent us is overclocked by default but the hardware itself is based on the reference design from NVIDIA. While we have already seen a couple of non-reference GeForce 8 cards in the market (at least with the differentiation of the cooler), this Foxconn is not one of those despite having higher clock speeds. Since we are more interested in the performance of the standard GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB for this article, we have underclocked the Foxconn card such that the core is now running at 500MHz while the memory is at 1600MHz DDR, making it essentially a standard NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB (and we shall also refer it as that for the rest of this article). Look out for a proper review of the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Overclocked Edition from us very soon.

The heatsink used on the 320MB edition is similar to that on the 640MB model. In fact the only physical difference between the two lies in the density of the memory modules used, with the new 320MB version obviously using modules of lesser density. This is however unlikely to affect power consumption and temperatures of the card since the number of memory chips are identical to the original 640MB card.

For a card that's supposed to work flawlessly with the new Windows Vista operating system, the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB comes with HDCP support like its 640MB brethren so it won't run afoul of the newly implemented Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes in Vista. As for the actual compatibility of the card with Windows Vista, that we'll have to wait till NVIDIA releases a proper qualified driver set which is unfortunately still delayed. Since that's another story altogether, we'll dive straight into the performance since there's nothing else that we've not yet already discussed in our original G80 article.