Fast and Faster: MSI GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB vs. GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB. Page 20
[04/12/2007 11:42 AM | Graphics]
by Alexey Stepin , Yaroslav Lyssenko, Anton Shilov
No doubt that it will be close to 6 months soon that Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX 768MB graphics adapter retains the title of the world’s fastest solution. However its price of $599 will hardly let it become really popular. But these days the GeForce 8 family has already welcomed its new members - the 8800 GTS 640MB and 8800 GTS 320MB, which are significantly less expensive: $449 and $299 respectively. Let’s find out how they compare with the today’s leader and if it makes sense to go for a solution with 640MB of onboard memory these days.
Performance in Synthetic Benchmarks
Since 3DMark05 defaults to 1024x768 resolution without full-screen antialiasing, the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB expectably turns in the same overall score as the ordinary version of the card with 640MB of graphics memory. The overclocked version of GeForce 8800 GTS supplied by MSI boasts a pretty-looking round score of 13,800 points.
As opposed to the overall scores we obtained in the benchmark’s default mode, we run each separate test in the eye candy mode. This does not affect performance of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, though. It is not much slower than the GeForce 8800 GTS even in the hardest third test. The MSI NX8800GTS OC Edition is everywhere second best behind the GeForce 8800 GTX, proving that the overall scores are correct.
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