ECS GeForce 8800 GT Review: Meat Fight

Making your own computers costs a lot. We can write about amped up stuff, but this is different. This is the market that ECS is reaching for with moderate end solutions—yet remaining very close to the GTX

The ECS N8800GT-256MX is a perfect card for those looking at bang for the buck. It appears to be a reference 8800 GT with a different heat sink, but it is not. The test system was running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit with all available Microsoft updates including the hotfixes required for enthusiast video cards to run correctly. NVIDIA Forceware 169.28 beta drivers were used on all of the GeForce 8800 series graphics cards, and 174.74 used for the 9800 GTX (174.74 drivers will not install on the GeForce 8800 GTX series). ATI Catalyst 8.3 drivers were used for all ATI cards. All results shown in the charts are averages of at least three runs from each game or application used. Memory timings were set to 1000MHz 4-5-4-15. The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX were standard models and the GeForce 8800 GTS were the Palit 1GB Sonic SLI Video Cards.

Sandra: 112,323,322 Results. (No graph on this one)

Overall speaking of performing well, the heat sink/fan combo are great. I was impressed with how quiet it was at idle and full load, never getting above a whisper. The cooling provided at these low noise levels was stellar, keeping load temperatures below 60c which is a task the reference heatsink is not up to.

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