OCZ Technology GeForce 8800 GTX
OCZ Technology is a renowned supplier of high-performance memory modules. Few people remember that this company used to sell graphics cards, too, but gave up that business at the end of 2001. Today, OCZ is something more than just a memory supplier. It is a company that targets PC gamers and enthusiasts with a variety of advanced products and is going to introduce a number of new solutions later this year.
Besides a series of cooling devices that includes very advanced models intended for overclockers, a face-muscle-reading controller is expected – it will read your face to control the game. There will probably be new releases in the input device series, which includes only one mouse model as yet. Of course, modern games cannot be without high-speed graphics cards and OCZ is making ready to introduce a graphics card series, which would include pre-overclocked devices as well, for users with different requirements and capabilities. Now let’s check out the OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX, the first graphics card from the brand in years.
Package and Accessories
The box with the OCZ Technology GeForce 8800 GTX is smaller than the ASUS one, but is narrower and closer to being a square than the box of the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX. It is designed simply and laconically in black, white and green colors. This looks fine, and green raises associations with Nvidia whose corporate color it is. The picture on the face side of the box shows a sports car with “8800” on the number plate. This is a hint of the high speed the product from OCZ is going to give you.
The box from OCZ keeps the graphics card well protected. The entire volume of the box is filled with a block of polyurethane foam with two rectangular cut-outs for the card and for the accessories. This block is covered from above with a cardboard flap with soft padding. There is a hole in the box for you to have a look at the card. The following is shipped as the card’s accessories:
- 2 2xMolex -> 6-pin PCI Express power converters
- DVI-I->D-Sub adapter
- Universal YPbPr/S-Video/Composite splitter
- S-Video cable
- RCA (Composite) cable
- Brief user’s installation guide
- CD disk with drivers
The accessories to the OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX do not include any special bonuses, yet it is the only graphics card in this review to come with a full set of cables. The brief installation manual is designed like a multilingual poster and contains just the basic facts you want to know to be able to install the card into your PC.
The package of the OCZ card looks fine and protects the product well, but we don’t find any games or useful software in the box. You do get everything necessary to use the card, but there no nice trifles that would make it special. On the other hand, this may be just what you need if you do not want to pay extra for accessories you’ll never use anyway.
PCB Design and Cooling System
The OCZ product is a copy of the reference card with a black PCB and an Nvidia logo in the bottom right corner. You shouldn’t worry if you encounter a green version of the card, though. The green and black-colored cards are in fact absolutely identical from a technical standpoint.
OCZ Technology changed the sticker on the cooler with its own sticker that shows a sports car and an OCZ logo.
As opposed to the cards from ASUS and Foxconn, the OCZ GeForce 8800GTX makes use of more modern GDDR3 memory chips, Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A. QE series chips with the letters BJ in the suffix work at a lower voltage than QC series chips: 1.9V against 2.0V. This leads to a somewhat lower level of power consumption and heat dissipation, the frequency being the same. The suffix BJ1A denotes the fastest version with a rating frequency of 1000 (2000) MHz, but the chips are actually clocked at 900 (1800) MHz on this graphics card, leaving some good reserve for overclocking experiments. The total amount of memory is a standard 768 megabytes accessed across a 384-bit memory bus.
The OCZ GeForce 8800GTX has standard GPU frequencies: 576MHz and 1350MHz for the main domain and the shader domain, respectively. All the GPU subunits are active, namely 32 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and 128 shader processors.
The card has an ordinary configuration of connectors: two universal DVI-I outputs and a 7-pin mini-DIN that allows to plug an S-Video cable in directly.