PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card

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Performance Summary and Conclusion

 



Performance Summary:
For the better part of the benchmarks, the PNY 8800 GTS 512MB traded victories with the more expensive GeForce 8800 GTX, with neither card holding a clear performance advantage.  When you consider price, however, you have to look more favorably upon the 8800 GTS 512.  And looking at ATI's cards, there's really no meaningful comparison to be made as the 8800 GTS 512 outpaced ATI's single-GPU powered cards in every benchmark we ran.


 


Because NVIDIA released the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512 so close to each other last season, it made choosing the right card just a bit harder for some users.  As we have seen, the performance of the 8800 GT is also quite good, and it comes in at a great price (about $230 currently).  But the GT is also hampered a bit by its thermals and somewhat whiny fan.  The 8800 GTS 512 corrects both of these issues with its dual-slot cooler, and improves performance too, but it is priced about $70 - $80 higher at roughly $319 on average.  Performance is comparable to the GeForce 8800 GTX though, making the 8800 GTS 512 a relative steal as the GTX cards still retail for $200 more, even though they have been on the market for ages.

So, in our opinion going with an 8800 GTS 512 seems like a good idea in terms of overall value.  If we focus solely on PNY's offering, however, we're a bit underwhelmed. A few of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB cards we've already looked at are pre-overclocked, and come with a game thrown in to the bundle for good measure.  PNY's XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512 card, however, doesn't fall too far from the NVIDIA tree in terms of speed, cooling, or accoutrements.  And at about $339, it's priced approximately the same or higher than many of its brethren, including some faster cards that ship with higher default speeds and include a game.  Overall, the PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512 is a solid piece of hardware, but there are just some better values out there if you shop around.

  • Great Performance
  • Some extra room for overclocking 
  • Quieter than the 8800 GT
  • Doesn't stand out from the crowd
  • Price Relative to other GTS cards

 


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