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Conclusion

The Albatron 8800GTS-512X is a precise replica of the reference card from Nvidia, including the cooler and the GPU/memory frequencies, so it has all the pros and cons of the standard GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB.

At the current moment the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB is the best buy in a price range of $299-349 as it delivers the performance of an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX across a number of applications. It also comes with a quiet, yet affective, cooler. All of this refers to the Albatron 8800GTS-512X, which is a copy of the reference card.

Our sample of the Albatron card features a high overclocking potential. We could easily lift its GPU frequencies up to 760/1875MHz and memory frequency to 1100 (2200) MHz. The overclocked card passed a full cycle of our tests without a problem delivering an average performance gain of 15%. The highest performance gain we observed in a few applications was 20-25%.

This overclocking proved to be of little practical value, though. Where the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB already provides a comfortable speed, you can’t spot an increase in that speed with the naked eye whereas in such games as Call of Juarez, Crysis, Lost Planet and World in Conflict the performance did not grow up as much as to make the card’s performance comfortable for the gamer. So, overclocking a GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB provides a nice, but not really necessary, performance increase. Only people who own monitors that support a resolution of 1920x1200 can get some practical advantage in such games as Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Call of Duty 4. The overclocked Albatron left no chance to the Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX, though, except for Call of Juarez that has too high memory requirements at resolutions above 1280x1024.

Overall, the Albatron 8800GTS-512X is a worthy representative of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cohort. It is a rank-and-file soldier rather than a champion. It is not pre-overclocked by the manufacturer and cannot boast a unique cooler or rich accessories, but it does deliver high performance in modern games just like any other 8800 GTS 512MB. The few accessories and the lack of special features have a positive effect on its retail price. If you want maximum performance for minimum money, the Albatron 8800GTS-512X is just what you need.

Highs:

  • Excellent performance in games;
  • Outperforms Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX in some cases;
  • Wide range of supported FSAA modes;
  • Excellent quality of anisotropic filtering;
  • Hardware HD video decoding support;
  • PCI Express 2.0 support;
  • No compatibility problems;
  • Pretty good overclocking potential;
  • Low noise;
  • Low price for this performance level.

Lows:

  • The cooling system may be too big to fit into a compact case;
  • Not very rich accessories bundle without any games and contemporary video player software.
 
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