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XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB DDR3 XXX Edition

Package and Accessories

The box with the XFX card is compact, but thick due to additional protection from damage during transportation. Its design is laconic enough. Most of the box is painted white and the model name is printed on it. A fantastic creature, the XFX symbol, is pictured in the left part of the box.

The box contents are covered with a transparent plastic cap. The graphics card itself resides in a separate foam-rubber container. There is an additional sheet of foam rubber on the bottom of the box, making this packaging the most secure of all we have described in this review. The box contains the following:

  • Two DVI-I → D-Sub converters;
  • Universal YPbPr/Composite splitter;
  • S-Video cable;
  • Brief installation guide;
  • CD disk with drivers.

There are no bonuses in the box, so this is the most frugal set of accessories in this review. Well, the only real drawback is the lack of a power adapter. Although many modern PSUs come with a 6-pin PCI Express connector, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB DDR3 XXX Edition may be bought by a user whose power supply lacks one.

Otherwise the accessories are just enough for using the card successfully. The brief installation guide contains information about compatibility of different video cables and adapters and tips on organizing effective cooling in the system case.

So, the package of the XFX card is designed well and protects the card securely, but the accessories are too scanty, not because there are no free bonuses here (not all buyers are interested in games included by graphics card vendors), but due to the lack of a 2xMolex → 6‑pin PCI Express adapter. If your power supply doesn’t have a 6-pin power connector for the graphics card, you won’t be able to power up your newly bought device. It’s not so easy to find this adapter selling separately in shops, so we guess XFX should correct this deficiency.

PCB Design and Cooling System

This graphics card doesn’t differ in its design from the other cards described in this review. It uses a PCB with a green solder mask and comes with a reference cooler, so it is perfectly identical to the above-described products from ASUS, Foxconn, Gainward and Gigabyte.

 

The cooler casing is decorated with a sticker that is the only difference of the card from its prototype. The sticker on the fan has remained the same, showing an Nvidia logo.

The card carries ten 256Mb GDDR3 memory chips (Hynix HY5RS573225AFP-11) capable of working at 900 (1800) MHz. This gives you a total of 320 megabytes of memory accessed across a 320-bit bus. The name of the product – with the letters XXX – suggests that it is pre-overclocked by the manufacturer and this is indeed so. The memory is clocked at 900 (1800) MHz providing a bandwidth of 72GB/s as opposed to the reference GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB’s 64GB/s.

Like on the other graphics cards in this review, the GPU is configured to have 96 shader processors, 24 TMUs, and 20 ROPs. The main GPU frequency is increased from the standard 513MHz to 576MHz, but the shader domain frequency equals the reference 1188MHz. It means that the overclocking of this card may be limited by the main frequency whereas the shader domain would still have some frequency reserve. Well, ordinary users don’t often overclock their hardware while an extreme overclocker won’t think it a big problem. The frequency delta can be corrected by changing the frequency ratio in the BIOS image and then writing this image into the card. This operation is not absolutely safe and makes your warranty void, so don’t do it unless you are sure of your skills!

The XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB DDR3 XXX Edition offers a standard selection of connectors that includes two universal DVI-I ports with support of dual-link mode, a universal port of analog TV output, and a connector to unite two such cards into a SLI tandem. Like any other GeForce 8800, this card supports HDCP and can normally work with HDMI-compatible display devices.

 
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