XFX GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB DDR3 XXX Edition
Package and Accessories
XFX approaches the problem of packaging just like ASUS does: the colorful external package contains another one, made of corrugated cardboard. This is the most compact box in this review, but it is thicker than the boxes from ASUS, Foxconn and OCZ. The design is even more laconic than with OCZ: the manufacturer logo and the model name on a white background are accompanied with a picture of a werewolf in the left part of the box.
The box is thick because there is a foam-rubber sheet at the bottom for additional protection during transportation. Just like in the ASUS package, the graphics card is fixed in a separate container. The following accessories are supplied with it:
- 2 DVI-I->D-Sub adapters
- Universal YPbPr/S-Video/Composite splitter
- S-Video cable
- Brief user’s installation guide
- CD disk with drivers
This is the most frugal set of accessories among all we describe in this review. These don’t even include adapters for connecting additional power. XFX probably implies that the owner of a GeForce 8800 GTX surely has a power supply with two 6-pin PCI Express power connectors. Like with the OCZ product, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX comes without additional accessories.
The brief installation guide describes how to install the card into your system and contains recommendations on how to cool the system properly. It also offers information about compatibility of different video cables and adapters with 4-pin, 7-pin, and 9-pin connectors employed in modern graphics cards.
Like with the OCZ GeForce 8800 GTX, the packaging is good in terms of aesthetics and protection it provides to the product, but the accessories are insufficient due to the lack of PCI Express power adapters. We guess many users are going to agree with us on that point. Hopefully, the manufacturer will correct that drawback.
PCB Design and Cooling System
The XFX graphics card is the only one in this review to be made on a PCB with a green solder mask. It is thus easy to tell it from other three GeForce 8800 GTX included into this review.
Besides the color of the PCB, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX differs from the others in the picture on the cooler’s casing. The sticker shows a copy of the picture on the face side of the card’s box.
Just like the OCZ GeForce 8800GTX, the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition is equipped with Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ1A memory. The words “XXX Edition” mean increased clock rates, and the memory chips are clocked at 1000 (2000) MHz, which is in fact their rating frequency but higher than the reference card’s memory frequency. This increases the memory bandwidth from 86.4GB/s to 96GB/s for higher performance in high resolutions with high-quality FSAA modes supported by the GeForce 8800 architecture. The amount of memory and the memory bus width of the XFX card are standard, of course, i.e. 768 megabytes and 384 bits, respectively.
The GPU is pre-overclocked by the manufacturer as well. A frequency of 630MHz is specified for the main GPU domain, but the real frequency of this domain is 621MHz due to the peculiarities of the GeForce 8800 clock generator. This parameter influences the scene fill rate and performance of the ROPs and is going to provide a speed bonus in scenes that need a high fill rate as well as in high resolutions with enabled high-quality antialiasing.
Perhaps considering the frequency of 1350MHz already high for the shader processors, XFX did not increase it. As a result, the frequency delta of the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition is about 2.1 rather than ~2.3 as usual. You should keep this in mind if you are going to overclock the card more. The GPU has 32 TMUs, 24 ROPs, and 128 unified shader processors.
The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition has two universal DVI-I outputs and a 7-pin mini-DIN connector that allows to plug an S-Video cable in directly.