Performance Summary & Conclusion
Performance Summary: The GeForce 8800 GTX is definitely the top performing card on the market right now, and MSI's offering is a great example. Overall, nothing else can touch the 8800 GTX at the moment, especially when you look at its performance versus other single-GPU solutions. We are very pleased with its performance especially at higher resolutions with high levels of anti-aliasing an anisotropic filtering enabled.
We have a couple of concerns regarding the MSI GeForce 8800 GTX, and all other 8800 GTX cards for that matter - physical size and price. At over 10.5" long, buyers need to be aware of what case they are putting this card into before committing the cash because it may not fit (we had trouble fitting it into a Lian Li PC 60), especially considering the size of the commitment. At the time of this writing, that commitment looks like about $580 according to our PriceGrabber search engine. That's a big monetary dent for sure, but you do get what you pay for. In this case, that would be best of class performance.
In addition to top performance, MSI packs some goodies in with its 8800 GTX. While Serious Sam II isn't the newest title, it can be quite fun and has some stunning visuals, so we are happy to see it included. We are also happy with the rest of MSI's bundle. All the cables and accessories we expect to see are included. In addition, MSI throws in a slew of utilities for a number of different tasks.
If you can get over the size and price, then we think you would be quite pleased with the MSI 8800 GTX, especially if you have a powerful processor. If you have concerns about the size, price or your processor's power, we recommend that you take a look at the more affordable 8800 GTS.
. Highest performance
. SLI support
. 768MB GDDR3
. Dual dual-link DVI
. DirectX 10 support
. Decent bundle included
. Two-slot behemoth (length may be an issue in some systems)
. Warranty not as good as some of the competition