Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX

Review

posted 1/1/2007 by John Yan
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We're on a Foxconn graphics card roll right now. First off, I reviewed their GeForce 7950 GT with 512MB. Today I look at the grand daddy of NVIDIA cards though. It's been a few months since the release of the GeForce 8800 so with that here's my review of Foxconn's top end GeForce 8800 GTX.

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The Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX is the top of the line enthusiast card currently on the market. Featuring 128 individual stream processors running at 1.35GHz and 768MB of GDDR3 memory, the Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX is a DirectX10 capable card. The core runs at 575MHz with the memory running at 1800MHz DDR.  Compared to the GTS version, the GTX runs 13% faster in the core, 11% faster for the stream processors, and 11% faster for the memory. The memory interface is 384-bit for the GTX while the GTS is at 320-bit. You can read about most of the new features of the GF8800 from my preview so I won't go too much into it again. The GeForce 8800 GTX is the same as the GeForce 8800 GTS I previewed but faster.

So what's different between this and the GTS version. For one, the GTX card is a bit longer. You can see in one of the comparison photographs just how much longer it is. Another change is there are TWO power connectors on this card. The GTX requires more juice and you'll need two power connectors for this card to work. While most cards have their power connectors facing to the right of the card, the ones on the GTX face up so that you can attach them a little easier. I've found that a few cases interfered with the horizontal facing power connectors and this change will help in those situations especially with two of them to connect. Finally, there are two SLI connectors at the top instead of one. No support now for the secondary SLI connector but it's there for the future. You can plug either one in for SLI to work between two GTX cards. You can imagine the monstrosity once you can connect more than two of these cards together and the number of power lines being strung through the inside of your computer. I'm thinking they should just build an interface and case to allow another power supply to be installed so that the video cards can have it's own dedicated power rather than sharing it with the entire system.

Physically, the card is pretty much the same as the reference cards out there. The over-sized cooler is big but it runs very quiet. I could hardly hear the fan spinning even under load. The venting of the hot air out the back of the secondary slot will help keep the inside of your case cooler. There is one unique twist that Foxconn has added to the cooler though. Situated around underneath the outer shell are blue LEDs that light up when the computer is turned on. There aren't any blinking actions to make it annoying so if you have a window inside your case and love to show off lights, this card will emit a blue glow for you. If you know a little bit about electronics, you can adjust the lights yourself to suite your needs.

If you want to watch high definition video on your high definition display, then you'll be glad to know that this card is HDCP compliant so as long as you connect it to an HDCP compliant display source then you'll be able to enjoy Blu-Ray or HD DVDs in full resolution. I've been eyeing the Xbox 360 HD DVD drive for my console and PC and this card will come in handy for HD viewing. You'll still need software capable of playing the new formats of course such as Cyberlink's Power DVD 7. With this card, you'll be able to enjoy some smooth HD playback as it will help decode the higher bandwidth video.

Dual-DVI connectors and various TV outs via a pigtail lets you connect this card in various ways. The Dual-DVI connection is capable of a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 with 32-bit color at 60Hz. If you need to connect this card via the old VGA connector, Foxconn has included two DVI to VGA adapters for you.

Foxconn bundles their video cards with two utilities and a USB gamepad. The two utilities are RestoreIt! and Virtual Drive. RestoreIt! is similiar to the more popular Symantec Ghost while Virtual Drive lets you copy a CD or DVD to the hard drive and run it from there. These two can come in handy and they're free. The USB gamepad is pretty serviceable so if you need another controller then you'll get one with the card. It's modeled somewhat after the PlayStation 2 style with the dual analog sticks and four trigger buttons along with the four top buttons and directional pad.
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