Late last year, NVIDIA introduced the GeForce 8800 GTX. Armed with a totally new unified architecture and complete DX10 support, this graphics card was an extremely potent new flagship. The world was hesitant to proclaim this new GPU as the ideal enthusiast graphics card as ATI's highly-anticipated R600 GPU was expected at any moment. But months later, we find the GeForce 8800 GTX still dominating benchmarks and AMD's R600 GPU is still missing in action.
With several months out in the wild to aid in ironing out bugs and optimizing performance and functionality, the GeForce 8800 GTX is seemingly getting stronger with age. Developers have become extremely familiar with this architecture and upcoming titles will surely work well with this GPU. But with so many vendors offering G80-based products, it is difficult to determine which company should receive your hard-earned money. To aid in that decision, we'll be taking a look at Foxconn's take on the reference GeForce 8800 GTX. By taking a proven design and adding a solid bundle without adversely effecting cost, it appears as though Foxconn is quickly becoming a viable threat in the GPU vendor market.
1.8GHz (900MHz DDR3)
Up to 2560 x 1600
PCI Express X16
YES, via DVI to VGA Adapter
YES, via HDTV Out cable
YES, via S-Video to Composite
Dual DVI Output
DVI to VGA adapter
VirtualDrive Pro v10.0
Card Size: 10.5 inch length, 4.97 inch width, 1.43 inch height
Foxconn GeForce 8800 GTX Features
HDCP Compliant: Allow playback of HD DVD, Blu-Ray Disc and other protected content at full HD resolutions
Graphics GPU Features
NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX
Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
NVIDIA SLI Technology ready
NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology
Full support for Microsoft DirectX10.0 and Shader Model 4.0 enables stunning and complex special effects
NVIDIA Quantum Effects Technology
True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
Two dual-link DVI outputs support two 2560x1600 resolution displays
Without going overboard and including a wealth of dated titles and bizarre software, Foxconn has managed to produce a useful and robust bundle for their latest flagship GPU offering. Beyond the standard accessories we've come to expect in a graphics card bundle such as an instruction manual, driver CD, and VGA-DVI adaptors, we have some interesting additional items. Here, we have a HDTV dongle along with two Molex PCI-Express power adaptors and a rather impressive USB gamepad. The overall build quality and construction of the gamepad is surprisingly good and certainly would find use in the hands of any console users as the layout is very similar to Sony's PS2 and PS3 controllers. Lastly, we have two useful pieces of software with the inclusion of RestoreIT v7.0 and VirtualDrive Pro v10.0.