PNY Technologies currently offers a full range of GeForce 8 series graphics cards from an affordable 8500 GT to a factory overclocked 8800 Ultra. Possibly the most interesting product in their entire product range is their factory overclocked 8800 GTX. The XLR8 8800 GTX OC is factory overclocked to near Ultra speeds and even exceeds the Ultra's stock core clock frequency, yet it's one of the cheapest factory overclocked GTXs currently available. We're putting PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC on our test bench and through its paces to find out if we can really get GeForce 8800 Ultra level performance for a GeForce 8800 GTX price.
|NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Series|
|Features & Specifications|
NVIDIA unified architecture:
Fully unified shader core dynamically allocates processing power to geometry, vertex, physics, or pixel shading operations, delivering up to 2x the gaming performance of prior generation GPUs.
Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support:
NVIDIA SLI Technology:
NVIDIA Lumenex Engine:
128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR):
NVIDIA Quantum Effects Technology:
NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA):
OpenGL 2.0 Optimizations and Support:
NVIDIA nView Multi-Display Technology:
PCI Express Support:
Dual 400MHz RAMDACs:
Dual Dual-link DVI Support:
NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology:
Hardware Decode Acceleration:
Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction):
Bad Edit Correction:
Video Color Correction:
Integrated SD and HD TV Output:
Built for Microsoft Windows Vista:
Discrete, Programmable Video Processor:
As previously mentioned, the XL8 isn't just well endowed for a 8800 GTX, but it also happens to be a good value in comparison to other GTXs. We had suspected that PNY skimpted on the packaging and bundle to bring the price down, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn't true. While you won't find any fancy peripherals or free software titles here, all of the essentials are included and the packaging is some of the best we have seen. The box's matte black finish with the gold leaf lettering looks great and the thick, metal-braced, double-boxed construction feels quite sturdy. Everything about the packaging speaks of class and exclusitivity, belying the XLR8's modest price (for a 8800GTX).
Although the bundle doesn't include any free games or software, the essentials are all here and you're provided with everything you need to get going. Included in the bundle is a short S-video cable, two DVI-to-VGA adapters, two dual-molex to 6-pin PCI-E power adapters and an VIVO adapter that has component video outputs . A suspiciously beefy "quick start" guide and a driver CD are also included in the package along with a coupon for System Mechanic 7 by Iolo Technologies.
Just like the accessory bundle, the driver disk has all the essentials. Included on the disk are drivers, Aadobe Acrobat Reader, DirectX 9, NVIDIA's Adrianne demo and a handfull of high resolution wallpapers. Also included on the driver disk is a collection of documentation in PDF format such as a digital version of the user guide and NVIDIA documentation such as driver release notes.