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NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI and GeForce 8800 GTX Preview - Page 7 of 7

SYSTEM CONFIGURATION

The awesome game plan I had planned for this preview never materialized. Reality stinks.

Proposed Game Plan
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Test System

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 - 2.40GHz Conroe Core - 4MB L2 Cache
  • EVGA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
  • 2GB Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 XMS PC8500 DDR2 SDRAM 5-5-5-18-2T @ 400MHz
  • Western Digital Raptor 74GB HDD, 10000RPM, 4.5ms Avg Seek, 8MB Buffer, SATA
  • Seagate Barracuda 300GB HDD, 7200RPM, 8ms Avg Seek, 8MB Buffer, SATA 2
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB HDD, 7200RPM, 8.9ms Avg Seek, 16MB Buffer, SATA 2
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZX
  • Enermax EG565P-VE Power Supply
  • Dell 3007WFP LCD Monitor
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 / DirectX 9.0c

Graphics Cards, Drivers, and Settings

  • EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX
  • MSI GeForce 8800 GTX
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX
  • ForceWare 96.94 - EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX and MSI GeForce 8800 GTX
  • ForceWare 91.47 - NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 and GeForce 7900 GTX
  • Settings - High Quality Image, Texture Filtering Optimizations Disabled

Test Applications

  • Doom 3 - v1.3.1
  • Far Cry - v1.04
  • F.E.A.R. - v1.08
  • Half-Life 2: Lost Coast - v1.0.1.0

Notes

  • Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering were application-controlled unless otherwise noted.
  • In-game graphics settings were configured to their highest quality.

BENCHMARK RESULTS

MSI's GeForce 8800 GTX was used to benchmark Doom 3 and Far Cry. With high levels of antialiasing, the increased performance over the GeForce 7900 GTX and GeForce 7950 GX2 in Doom 3 is remarkable.

Doom 3 Benchmark Results

Far Cry results include the use of supersampling transparency antialiasing and High-Dynamic Range. In both cases, the MSI GeForce 8800 GTX is providing almost twice the performance over the GeForce 7900 GTX.

Far Cry Benchmark Results

EVGA's GeForce 8800 GTX was used to benchmark F.E.A.R. and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and delivers unprecedented performance in both titles.

F.E.A.R. Benchmark Results

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast Benchmark Results

CONCLUSION

NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX is a technological masterpiece that doubles, and sometimes triples, the performance over the previous generation GeForce 7900 GTX. The GeForce 8800 GTX clearly belongs in the hands of the hardcore gamer. The hardcore gamer will likely have a blazingly fast processor and a 24-inch or 30-inch widescreen monitor, which allows them to take advantage of all the GeForce 8800 GTX has to offer.

nV News Grand Slam Hardware

And with the launch of the nForce 680i SLI and nForce 650i SLI chipsets and news that NVIDIA will be designing and manufacturing motherboard, the community has another reason to be excited about the future of gaming on the PC.

Comments or questions concerning this review can be posted in this feedback thread.

AVAILABILITY

Graphics cards based on the GeForce 8800 Series of GPUs are appearing in our PriceGrabber feed. The following products seem to be in-stock.

nForce 680i SLI: (supports Intel's Core 2 Duo)

GeForce 8800 GTS and 8800 GTX

Previews are listed here. For SLI performance, be sure to check out jAkUp's EVGA 8800 GTX SLI + 680i thread!

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Last Updated on November 10, 2006


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