XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB & 8800 GTX XXX Editions
XFX bundles their GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition card with a nice assortment of accessories and software. Included in the box along with the card itself, were a pair of DVI to DB15 VGA monitor adapters, an HD component output dongle, an S-Video cable, a user's manual, and a couple of CDs. One disc contained the obligatory drivers, while the other contained a full version of the game Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. GRAW, as it is known, is a great title to showcase some of the capabilities of this card, so we commend XFX for its inclusion.
As you probably suspect, the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB shares many of the same features of the flagship 8800 GTX. The two cards do differ in a number of key ways however. For one, the 8800 GTS is built upon a shorter 9" PCB. The card also requires less power; NVIDIA recommends a 400W PSU that can supply 26A on its 12V rails. As such the GTS has only one 6-Pin PCI Express power receptacle. The GTS also has only a single SLI edge connector along its top edge, so at some point in the future the GTX is likely to offer a few additional features when running in as yet unannounced SLI modes.
Underneath the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB XXX Edition's cooler, which is identical to the one used on the GTX, lies a G80 GPU clocked at 580MHz and 320MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.8GHz. NVIDIA's reference specifications call for a 500MHz GPU with 1.6GHz memory.
GeForce 8800 GTS Block Diagram
The GTS has "only" 96 streaming processors enabled in the GPU, and its memory rides along on a 320-bit interface, as opposed to 128 stream processors and a 384-bit interface on the GTX. The 320-bit memory interface means the GTS is outfitted with 10, 32-bit DRAMs. And the 320MB model is simply outfitted with lower-capacity chips than the original 640MB card.
XFX is also launching two other 320MB 8800 GTS cards today, one with its core clocked at 560MHz and another that runs at NVIDIA's recommended 500MHz. Prices for the three cards range from $299 to $335.