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Friday, 14 December 2007 13:29

EVGA 8800 GT SSC at 700MHz - 2. Benchmarking, Gaming, Conclusion

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: So good you can't find it 

 

Benchmarking

We incorporated Gainward 8800 GT GLH results also running at 700MHz. Both cards run at almost identical speeds, it’s only the memory clocks that are different; Gainward has the edge there, but only by 25MHz.

It’s fun seeing overclocked 8800 GT beating the new 8800 GTS based on the same G92 core, and running at 650MHz.

Testbed:

Motherboard:
EVGA 680i SLI (Supplied by EVGA)

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition (Supplied by Intel)

Memory:

OCZ FlexXLC PC2 9200 5-5-5-18  (Supplied by OCZ)
        while testing CL5-5-5-15-CR2T 1066MHz at 2.2V

PSU:
OCZ Silencer 750 Quad Black ( Supplied by OCZ)

Hard disk:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80GB SATA (Supplied by Seagate)

 

CPU-Cooler:
Freezer 7 Pro (Supplied by Artic Cooling)
 

Case Fans:
Artic Cooling - Artic Fan 12 PWM
Artic Cooling - Artic Fan 8 PWM

 


Futuremark tests

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Overclocked 8800 GT’s were better than 8800 GTS (G92), but the difference between Gainward and EVGA is virtually non-existent. Gainward’s using a dual slot cooler, and that’s the only thing that sets these two apart. The rest of the results are quite similar to Futuremark tests – there’s no real winner. Both cores run at 700MHz and Shaders at 1750MHz. Compared to Nvidia’s reference 8800 GT, EVGA 8800 GT ,SSC is much better.

Gaming

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In Company of Heroes, the EVGA card beats Nvidia’s reference 8800 GT by 13%. It also performs well versus 8800 GTS, and at lower resolutions it even beats 8800 GTX.

It's as if World in Conflict was playing tricks on 8800 GT cards, so initially EVGA outperformed Gainward, then the tables turned, and finally, at higher resolutions and with antialiasing on, the cards performed identically.

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In F.E.A.R. the difference between reference and overclocked cards is clearly visible – Nvidia’s 8800 GT was slower by up to 19%. F.E.A.R. does like higher clocks, so even 8800 GTS couldn’t compete with an overclocked EVGA 8800 GT SSC card.

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In Crysis at 1280x1024, we gamed with anti-aliasing on, and EVGA 8800 GT SSC scored 33.4 frames, which is the best result for any G92-based card scored.


Conclusion

EVGA has a great card that can even lock horns with the 8800 GTS with 128 Stream processors. Geforce 8800 GT SSC can do that because it runs at 700MHz, and that’s a whole 100MHz more than reference cards offer.

With 513MB GDDR3 memory running at 1000MHz (2000MHz DDR), this card is a diamond – and it’s just as hard to find. We’ve already seen that 8800 GTS is a great card, but it costs a bit more than overclocked 8800 GT, although GTS is also a good overclocker.

In current games and gaming at standard gaming resolutions, 8800 GT and 8800 GTS are more than enough. If you want more, then you should check out EVGA’s Triple SLI here.

If you can find this card in retail, then we seriously recommend you snatch it up, and do it fast, because it might take a while before you get another chance.

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