- 96 CUDA Cores
- 640MB 320-Bit GDDR3
- PCI Express x16
Blazing fast, polished drivers and game compatibility considering the G80/8800 is so new. Fan is extremely quiet for a card that runs relatively hot (82C under load). I mainly run an older game (FFXI), but it brought my old rig and 2 video cards (9700pro and 6800GS) to their knees in some situations. I'm running at a constant 29 FPS (max) @1280x1024 in all situations now with only a few frame drops due to spell effects, and I can FRAPs it all up as well. Still pricey but dropped ~$30 in the week or two since I bought mine... definitely worth it and I may get a 2nd for SLI in the future.
Still has some game compatibility issues. FFXI has a small but annoying problem with the GUI overlay menus. Not game-stopping, but definitely noticeable and annoying. Looked through the driver notes and there seem to be some problems still with other popular titles. SLI mode still seems to have problems as well, so if you're buying this card strictly for SLI, may want to do some research first or wait a bit and let them work out the bugs. Lots of people are going to mention price, but you get what you pay for in performance++++ with this card so no complaints here.
I rarely buy top-of-the-line video cards, but when I read the reviews about the G80 and 8800 series cards, I knew we were looking at a gaming breakthrough similar to the R300 (9700pro). The next DX10 ATI GPU may be comparable or faster, but the 8800 series is hands-down the fastest card available today. The sheer size of the GPU and raw power of this card (faster than 2 of the previous flagship cards in SLI) will have you ready for any game today and as well as the next generation of DX10 titles.
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