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NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra review

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra: The Shadow Warrior

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The GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB Graphics Card

The GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB Graphics Card

While the full length cooler shroud and air guide on the GeForce 8800 Ultra might seem as if the card actually got longer, it is in fact using the same 10.5-inch PCB as that of the GeForce 8800 GTX. As we iterated earlier, the GeForce 8800 Ultra is using the exact same hardware that we have come to know from the GeForce 8800 GTX. The new cooler shroud and blower placement serve no purpose other than to distract and visually differentiate it from the GeForce 8800 GTX, but make no mistake that the heatsink and heat pipe design is 100% identical. In case you are wondering, the GeForce 8800 Ultra operated just as quiet as its other 8800 series counterparts.

Speaking of power concerns, this is one department where NVIDIA has strongly boasted of its GPU architectural power efficiency and more so with the GeForce 8800 Ultra. Essentially, only the very top quality GPU dies are validated and binned as Ultra-compliant parts. Thus, even with the increased clock speeds, NVIDIA claims that the Ultra's maximum board power consumption is 175 watts versus 177 watts of the GeForce 8800 GTX SKU. Unfortunately, we can't chant that claim as our test results show otherwise. Read on for the complete performance and power consumption breakdown over the next few pages.