Package and Accessories
Foxconn uses unified packaging, too. The FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC comes in exactly the same package as the FV-N88XMAD2-ON we described in our review of four models of GeForce 8800 GTX. The holographic “Over-Clocking Edition” sticker is the only difference. The box is rather large but lacks a handle, so you may find it troublesome to carry the purchased product home.
The card is protected against damage during transportation and storage by means of a blister wrap. Besides it, there are the following accessories inside:
- 2 x Molex → 6-pin PCI Express power converter;
- Two DVI-I → D-Sub converters;
- Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter;
- User’s manual;
- CD disk with drivers;
- CD disk with VirtualDrive Pro 10 and RestoreIT 7.0;
- Brand name USB gamepad.
This is the same set of accessories as was included with the FV-N88XMAD2-ON, except for only one power adapter since the GeForce 8800 GTS has one 6-pin PCI Express connector.
This set is practical. Every gamer is going to put to good use the included gamepad as well as the software for managing disc images and for system recovery. A good game would make a nice addition to this, yet this set of accessories is good anyway. Foxconn estimates the included stuff at $180 and an additional game might have considerably increased the retail price of the card which is an important factor for this product class.
The included documentation offers all the information you need to install the card into your system and begin to use it. We guess the accessories to the Foxconn card are indeed superb but the package design might be more original.
PCB Design and Cooling System
This graphics card uses a PCB with a green solder mask and is equipped with the reference cooler. By the way, GeForce 8800 GTS, especially with 320MB of memory, mostly come with green than with black PCBs which is probably related to their place of manufacture.
The Foxconn product differs from other companies’ GeForce 8800 GTS with the sticker on the cooler casing. The picture on the sticker is a copy of the picture on the box. There is a sticker with a Foxconn logo on the fan motor.
The card comes with Hynix HY5RS573225AFP-11 memory. Just like on the EVGA card, the memory chips are pre-overclocked by the manufacturer and work at their rated frequency of 900 (1800) MHz. Formally speaking, there is no reserve for further overclocking, but our experience suggests that 1.1ns chips can often be overclocked successfully to a frequency of 1000 (2000) MHz and even higher.
The GPU configuration is standard with 96 streamed processors, 24 TMUs, and 20 ROPs. Its frequency formula is different to the cards from ASUS and EVGA. The main frequency is 576MHz but the shader domain frequency equals the reference one of 1188MHz. The frequency delta equals approximately 2 here as opposed to the standard ~2.3. You should take this into account if you are going to overclock this card.
The Foxconn FV-N88SMCD2-ONOC doesn’t differ from the reference card otherwise. It’s got two DVI-I connectors with support of dual-link mode, a universal video output, and a connector for a second card in SLI mode.