XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition - HotHardware

XFX 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition

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Closer Look: 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition
The Alpha Dog and the Omega Dog?

Just like the box, the 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition card itself sports the mug of a tough looking dog thanks to a custom decal applied by XFX. The color scheme, black and green, is typical of current XFX cards. We know looks don't help performance, but we can't help but think this is a cool looking card. In the second picture below, you can see the back of the card, which reveals all of the screws that secure the cooler and gives you a nice view of the black PCB.
 

    


You might find it interesting that the 256MB and 512MB 8800 GTs look identical. They are both single-slot cards that stretch out at around nine inches in length. As you can see in the three images below, this 256MB 8800 GT sports a black cooler with a black fan. Additionally, take note of the black aluminum stabilizer bar, which can be seen in the third image. This bar sports a white XFX logo and helps the card maintain its rigidity.
 


        


As is typical of of mid-range and high-end cards these days, the 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition features two DVI-D connectors and a TV-out connector. To fit its desired color scheme, XFX made them a bright green/yellow. If we turn the card around 180 degrees, you can see the 6-pin power connector.



    



In addition to sporting some suave looks, the 8800 GT 256MB XXX Alpha Dog Edition also boasts a nice factory overclock, which is not surprising considering the "XXX" moniker. The core of this XXX Alpha Dog is clocked at 650 MHz, and the memory is running at 800 MHz (1.6 GHz DDR). The reference 8800 GT 256MB clocks are 600 MHz and 700 MHz (1.4 GHz DDR), respectively.

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