Holiday Buyer's Guide 2007 Part 4

EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320 MB Video Card

By: Tony Celeste

Looking for a high end video card at a reasonable price? You've found it in the eVGA GeForce 8800GTS, which is built on the highly successful nVidia GeForce 8 Series graphics chips. With full support for Microsoft DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.0, and Windows Vista, and frequently available for under $300, the eVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320 MB video card may represent the perfect combination of power and affordability.

Even without Sarah in the picture, this is a pretty impressive (and massive) graphics card.

It's easy to claim "power and affordability", but as a gamer, or someone who's shopping for one, you'll want proof. And of the dozens of popular benchmarking sites on the Internet, you need look no further than Tom's own 2007 VGA Charts.

In "overall - all games frames per second", the 8800GTS 320 MB scored near the top of this chart, alongside cards that cost hundreds of dollars more. It also finished in a virtual dead heat with the 8800GTS 640 MB version, which typically sells for $100 more. In the most challenging 3DMark06 SM2.0 Benchmark, the 8800GTS 320 MB also scored near the top of this chart, and actually beat out the more expensive 640 MB version!

Of course, speed is a wonderful thing, but appearance is equally important, and the nVidia 8800GTS chipset delivers. nVidia Quantum Effects Technology offers advanced shader processors and physics computation to render the most realistic special effects you'll find on a personal computer. Microsoft DirectX 10 Geometry Shaders add realism, with lifelike environmental effects such as flowing water. The nVidia Lumenex Engine offers realistic lighting and 16x antialiasing, eliminating jagged edges between foreground and background objects. And the nVidia Unified Architecture dynamically allocates GPU processing power amongst geometry, physics, vertex, and pixel shading operations, to create startlingly lifelike 3D graphics.

The eVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320 MB sells for between $285.99 and $401.68, with an additional $20.00 mail-in rebate sometimes available. It's nVidia SLI ready, with a maximum digital resolution of 2560x1600, and supports two digital or analog monitors.

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    XFX Warranty deos not exist here why:

    [ 10/18/2011 10:54:39 PM] dead

    [JEDY 10/19/2011 10:03:31 AM] Hi, thanks for your message,can you provide more details of the problems you are experiencing.regards Jedy

    [ 10/19/2011 7:32:42 PM] no video running on asus motherboard with 4gb ram and win7

    [JEDY 10/20/2011 10:17:14 AM] Hi , thanks for your message. would it be possible to try the card in another system just to double check that it is the VGA card that is broken, please update us, regards Jedy

    [ 10/22/2011 2:01:36 AM] It has been tried in two other system and result were the same. THIS VIDEO CARD IS DEAD - NOT WOPRKING

    [JEDY 10/25/2011 11:16:23 AM] Hi, sorry to hear the card does appears at fault here. Please contact your supplier for more details. thanks Jedy

    [ 10/25/2011 6:28:10 PM] After a long waiting, XFX is not honoring their responsibility for warranty. That is very bad. The retailer is no longer in business.

    [JEDY 10/28/2011 9:30:52 AM] Hi,Thanks for the update. please note that warranty is only officially with the reseller. We provide support for XFX products up to 2 yrs from the date of manufacturer, including a courtesy RMA service where it is difficult for people to obtain RMA service from the reseller, but please note that as your product was manufactured well over 2 yrs ago, I`m sorry we cannot help here. Best Regards.Jedy
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