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Monday, December 24, 2007
Gainward 8800GT

1. Introduction

nVIDIA last month introduced a new series of graphics cards based on the 8800GT, with full DirectX 10 support. The latest batch of games (Crysis, Hellgate: London, Gears of War, etc...) really need a powerful GPU, and nVIDIA provides such a solution at an affordable price tag of €245 and upwards.

Gainward, an nVIDIA partner, released their own version of the 8800GT series, based on the nVIDIA reference design. We have already tested two overclocked versions of the nVIDIA 8800GT from XFX and Inno3D, so we turned with keen interest to see how Gainward's graphics solution would stand up, especially considering that it has lower core and memory clock frequencies.

- Gainward 8800GT (PN: 8927)

The Gainward 8800GT can be considered as a basic nVIDIA 8800GT with a massive 600MHz core, 1500MHz shader and 900MHz memory frequencies that place it above the 8800GTS series. More-over, it has 512MB of on-board memory with 256 bits of bandwidth.

Below is a table that illustrates the major features of the various 8800 models in terms of core/shader/memory clocks and interface bandwidth.

  Core Clock (MHz) Shader Clock (MHz) Memory Clock (MHz) Memory Amount Memory Interface Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec)
GeForce
8800 Ultra
612 1500 1080 768MB 384-bit 103.7 39.2
GeForce
8800 GTX
575 1350 900 768MB 384-bit 86.4 36.8
GeForce
8800 GT
600 1500 900 512MB 256-bit 57.6 33.6
GeForce
8800 GTS
500 1200 800 640MB or
320MB
320-bit 64 24
GeForce
8600 GTS
675 1450 1000 256MB 128-bit 32 10.8
GeForce
8600 GT
540 1190 700 256MB 128-bit 22.4 8.64
GeForce
8500 GT
450 900 400 256MB 128-bit 12.8 3.6
GeForce
8400 GS
450 900 400 256MB 64-bit 6.4 3.6

- Retail package

The Gainward 8800GT retail package follows the usual design of Gainward models. There are several logos on the front that highlight this product's features, with most noticable being the Bliss 8800GT PCX logo, and at top right the PCI-Express v2.0 logo.

The retail box opened...

The Gainward 8800GT includes the usual goodies for a graphics card. However, we did notice that there's only one D-Sub15-to-DVI converter. But if your power supply doesn't include a six pin PCI-e molex connector, Gainward has included one.

The Gainward 8800GT follows the nVIDIA reference cooling solution for a single slot card. The graphics card is 23cm in length, so there may be some issues with smaller or crammed cases.

SLI is possible with the Inno3D 8800GT OC edition...

You need the 6pin power supply feed to operate this graphics card.

After installing the graphics card, we can see more details about its main features and specifications. The CPU core runs at 600MHz, while the memory at 900MHz and the Shader clock at 1500MHz. Other 8800GT overclocked cards we have tested, ran at higher frequencies so it will be interesting to see the performance difference later on in our review.

- Full specification

Graphics Engine
GeForce™ 8800GT
Video Memory
512MB GDDR3
Engine Clock
600MHz
Memory Clock
1.80GHz (2x900MHz DDR3)
Memory Interface
256-bit
Max Resolution
2048 X 1536
Bus Standard
PCI Express x16
HDTV Output
Yes, S-Video to HDTV Out
VGA Output
Yes, With DVI-VGA adaptor
TV Output
Yes, S-Video to Composite
Dual DVI Output
Yes
Adapter/Cable Bundled
1x DVI to VGA adapter
1x HDTV-OUT adaptor
Software Bundled

1x CD-ROM (Tomb Raider Anniversary)
1x CD-ROM (Utilities & Driver)




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