XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Video Card

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XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Video Card

Post by Apoptosis » Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:01 am

XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Video Card

With today's introduction of GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB graphics boards, the GeForce 8 Series line-up now offers e-tail price points ranging from $599 to $299. The only difference between the 640MB and 320MB 8800 GTS is the frame buffer size and price. The current GeForce 8800 GTS has a 640MB frame buffer, while the new card’s frame buffer is half that size. Read on to see if the 8800 GTS 320M is the right card for you.

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When it comes to performing well in today’s current games the XFX 8800 GTS 320MB XXX edition graphics card is no slouch. In some cases, it was very near the class leading 8800 GTX, which speaks volumes about the kind of gaming experience you can expect. I was more than a little skeptical when I first heard that NVIDIA planned to bring a card to market with half the memory size of the standard GTS but I have been thoroughly impressed with the performance of the XXX 320MB card. It delivers exactly where it counts, at resolutions the largest percentage of the market actually games.
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Post by Bio-Hazard » Mon Feb 12, 2007 8:50 am

Now this sounds like a good performing little DX10 card I can afford to buy and replace my aging 7900GT........... :shock:

Good job on the review.

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Post by Bwall » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:17 am

Thanks Bio! I spent nearly the entire weekend working on it. If anyone has more questions about the card please feel free to ask.
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Post by pym » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:20 am

Looks like a great mainstream card with DX10 support and reasonable price.

Thanks for the review!

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:20 am

If you water cool the card, I take it that it would use the same adapters and ram heat sinks as the other 8800 serise cards???????? That's about the only question I have right now.

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Post by Bwall » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:43 am

Bio-Hazard wrote:If you water cool the card, I take it that it would use the same adapters and ram heat sinks as the other 8800 serise cards???????? That's about the only question I have right now.
Exactly. It's physically identical to the 640MB GTS. The only difference between the two cards are the IC's used. I've updated page 2 with a better description of the memory configuration.

"The 320MB card uses the same pair of 5x64-bit wide memory channels but lowers the density of the memory IC's from 64MB to 32MB."
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Post by Bio-Hazard » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:45 am

OK, thanks alot.............. :)

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good review

Post by Darkstar » Mon Feb 12, 2007 9:54 am

Great review,
i usually wait for the price to come down a bit before buying, but now i'm tempted....

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Post by R3N3G4D3 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:43 am

So I'm assuming the regular 8800 GTS 320MB doesn't overclock as well as the XXX version of it? In other words, chances are if you don't get the XXX edition, 630/2070 speeds are very unlikely?

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Post by Bio-Hazard » Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:58 am

Seems like the cards (from different vendors) are all clocking pretty well so far as I can tell from the few reviews that are out today.

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Post by Apoptosis » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:01 am

R3N3G4D3 wrote:So I'm assuming the regular 8800 GTS 320MB doesn't overclock as well as the XXX version of it? In other words, chances are if you don't get the XXX edition, 630/2070 speeds are very unlikely?
We actually can't begin to answer that as we don't have the regular $299 card. From my personal experience my XFX 8800 GTX can't overclock to where the XFX 8800 GTX XXX can on the memory side of things. I'm not sure if this holds true on this series, but if it does then what you said is highly likely. It all depends on the memory screening.

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Post by hainer36 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:32 am

looks like its a good card for the money, now i cant wait for it to be sent to me :P

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Post by SAMSAMHA » Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:17 pm

AWESOME CARD, MAN i WANT IT.

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Post by DMB2000uk » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm

Does the reduced RAM have much effect on power consumption?

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Post by Bwall » Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:35 pm

DMB2000uk wrote:Does the reduced RAM have much effect on power consumption?

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That's the one thing that didn't get tested. I'm going to say no just because the number of memory IC's hasn't changed, only the density. I will test this out for you tonight if I we don't get wiped out by the incoming ice/snow storm. :rolleyes:
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Post by blitzkrieg1110 » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:24 pm

Awesome review, looks like a pretty sweet card. Still a little worried about half the memory.....but if the price is right who cares right :)
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Post by Bio-Hazard » Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:50 pm

The way I see it right now with todays games and the rez I play at, the card is about the perfact choice............ :shock: If it will be the perfact choice with DX10 games that are coming out later this year remains to be seen though.

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Post by Apoptosis » Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:26 pm

Bio-Hazard wrote:The way I see it right now with todays games and the rez I play at, the card is about the perfact choice.
yup! I game at 1600x1200, so this card is ideal for those like me!

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Post by Cypher » Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:06 pm

I'm curious. What Brand/Model is that case in that review? Specifically this image.

The case looks very interesting, and seems like it's GREAT for a testing/review rig.
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Post by Apoptosis » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:14 pm

It's the Danger Den Torture Rack and is available from Danger Den for $149.99. More information can be found on it here.

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