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Accessories

As we have already said, accessories bundle is a true field for experiments when it comes to high-end solutions. In our today’s case, it is only limited by the manufacturer’s imagination when it comes to attracting the customers.

We are witnessing real rivalry here between Asustek Computer EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M and Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC, because both solutions come accompanied with the richest bonuses. In the first case you will get two high-quality games and a licensed copy of 3DMark06 benchmarking suite, while in the second case – a convenient gamepad and useful software for emergency system recovery and work with disk images. The choice is yours in this case and depends on your preferences, but from our standpoint Foxconn’s bundle looks preferable for practical reasons.

Besides higher working frequencie sand modified cooling system, EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB KO ACS3 can offer you a full version of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic game, and Gigabyte GV-NX88S320H-B-RH – a licensed copy of Warhammer 40.000 Dawn of War: Dark Crusade game. Here it all depends on the user’s gaming preferences: whether you are fond of RPG or strategies. Besides, it is evident that accessories are not the primary highlight of the EVGA solution.

Gainward Bliss 8800GTS 320MB GS and XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB DDR3 XXX Edition come with the most modest accessories bundle of all our today’s GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB based testing participants. The XFX solution doesn’t come even with the power converter, however since all contemporary power supply units feature the corresponding connector, this is not a problem at all. Ganwais boasts a little better set of accessories, because it comes with CyberLink software bundle, but if you don’t really need it, then you may as well go with the XFX solution.

Summary

So, let’s sum up the results in each of the above discussed nominations:

  • Best performance: EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB KO ACS3
  • Best overclockability: Asustek Computer EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M and Gigabyte GV-NX88S320H-B-RH
  • Originality: EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB KO ACS3
  • Best accessories: Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC and Asustek Computer EN8800GTS/HTDP/320M

EVGA solution wins in two nominations out of four. Great job, EVGA! But all in all, each of the six Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB based graphics cards we have discussed is a great purchase, especially if you do not care that much about rich accessories bundle. Anyway, the performance difference between these graphics cards is not high enough to affect the gaming process noticeably. If the onboard memory is not enough for some of the games, then it affects any of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB solutions tested today.

I have to say that buying a card like that is especially reasonable and acute for the owners of not very powerful previous generation solutions. Among them are Nvidia GeForce 7600/7900 GS/7950 GT and AMD Radeon X1600/1650 XT/1950 Pro as well as all slower graphics cards. The thing is that in some cases GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB doesn’t outperform the flagship solutions with non-unified architecture, such as AMD Radeon X1950 XTX (and even Radeon X1900 XT) or GeForce 7950 GX2. Sometimes, these guys even beat GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB significantly.

However, GeForce 7950 GX2 is anyway worth replacing because the GeForce 7 drivers for Windows XP haven’t been updated for over half a year, and the quality performance of this graphics card in SLI mode depends a lot on proper software support. But I believe the owners of graphics cards like that have much greater budget at their disposal, so they are more likely to go for more powerful new generation graphics solutions such as GeForce 8800 GTX or Radeon HD 2900 rather than GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB officially selling for $299.

 
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