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EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS SLI Review - Page 7 of 7

HD DVD AND CONCLUSION

I knew these cards were going to be powerhouses, but I wasn't quite ready for some of the performance I've experienced. If the GTS is this powerful, the GTX must tear the space-time continuum. EVGA has got a very solid package on their hands here. I'm very pleased they decided to include a newer game in the box as too many other cards have no bundle to speak of...and it's a game that actually makes the 8800s work.

EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS

UPDATED (2/12/06): The last test I had was using this grand 30" monitor as an HDTV in conjunction with my Xbox 360 HD DVD addon drive. And this is where my only complaint with the card arises: while both DVI ports are dual-link, HDCP content playback on all GeForce 7 and 8 series cards is disabled over a dual-link connection. What this means is that when playing HDCP content, the card is forced into single-link DVI mode and since the 3007WFP only scales down to 1280x800 (no intermediary resolution of, say, 1920x1200) HD content is relegated to playback ONLY at that resolution. For further information, please read this question and response from the NVIDIA Helpdesk.

While some of the onus could certainly be placed on Dell for not allowing the monitor to scale the resolution down to 1920x1200 (which would allow 1080p playback over single-link DVI), I think that on a $400+ video card that stresses HD content both in games and film media, playback of HDCP content over dual-link DVI connections should be a given.

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I won't lie: when I first saw the (seemingly) "crippled" specs of the 8800 GTS, I scoffed at the thought of using one or two of those cards when the GTX has SO much more power. But after using these for the past few weeks, I can say without a doubt that these cards are amazing. The almost-free antialiasing in a number of games, the overall amazing picture quality and DirectX 10 support are just three of MANY reasons you should own an 8800-based card.

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

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Last Updated on February 2, 2007


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