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Conclusion

It was very easy to predict that GeForce 8800 GTX would be the winner since there were hardly any worthy rivals available at the time of our test session. The card is based on the newest and actually the most powerful G80 graphics chip from Nvidia.

The Foxconn solution proved a great high-performance solution in tests with HDR lighting model as well as in tests with enabled FSAA 4x. So, if you are looking for a high-end solution, then you may want to check out this graphics card.

However, do not forget that in some tests GeForce 8800 GTX had very little advantage over GeForce 8800 GTS with 640MB of memory onboard. This may be the reason why it might be more reasonable to consider a better value option in some cases.

Among the indisputable advantages of Foxconn 8800 GTX (Foxconn FV-N88XMAD2-ON) I have to mention a pretty impressive accessories bundle including a gamepad and a number of interesting programs that you may find useful.

As for the Nvidia ForceWare drivers, we have witnessed pretty impressive improvements over the last 6 months, especially in terms of stable gaming performance. Of course, the drivers still have room for further evolution, however our tests revealed that ForceWare 97.9x boast remarkable performance.

Highs:

  • Excellent performance in most contemporary games;
  • Supports new CSAA anti-aliasing method;
  • Simultaneous support of FSAA and floating-point HDR formats;
  • Excellent anisotropic filtering quality;
  • Unified architecture with 128 shader processors;
  • Future ready: DirectX 10/Shader Model 4.0 support;
  • H.264 hardware decoding and other HD0video formats support;
  • Efficient cooling solution;
  • Low level of generated noise;
  • Interesting accessories bundle.

Lows:

  • Special power PC case dimensions requirements;
  • Some problems with the drivers still exist.
 
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