ECS GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB

Review

posted 3/22/2007 by John Yan
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ECS is one company that's not known for video cards yet but they've made a few in their lifetime. I decided to take a look at one of the new GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB The GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is a card produced to be a more affordable high end card so we'll see how well it stacks up against a GeForce 8800 GTX and a GeForce 8800 GTS that comes overclocked out of the box.

GF8800 GTS

The specifications of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB is the same as the original GeForce 8800 GTS that was initially released. That means the card's clocked at 500MHz for the GPU, 1600MHz for the memory, and 1200MHz for the shaders. There are 96 unified shaders on the card, 32 less than the GTX version. As the title of the card states, there are 320MB of memory which is half of the original GeForce 8800 GTS cards. The reduction in memory really helps cut down the costs so it makes the card a lot more affordable.

ECS's bundle is pretty barren though and that's something I think they can improve on. Included are two DVI to VGA adapters, an S-Video cable, a component out cable, and a driver disc. There's no game nor utilities iincluded though and other companies are including games or controllers. When you are fighting a few companies to get consumers to purchase your card you need something to distinguish yourself from the rest and one of the ways is to offer a good bundle. ECS doesn't do a good job here so let's hope they can offer something more in their future offerings if you are going to just bring out a reference card design.
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