Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512 in the test: The G92 can flex its muscles

Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512 in the test: The G92 can flex its muscles


POV GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Exo

After Nvidia for the first time with the GeForce 8800 GTHaving placed Direct3D 10-capable graphics cards in the so-called performance segment, the Californian company has gone one step further with the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 and is attempting a balancing act between the lower and the upper high-end market. The graphics card is seen as a replacement for the GeForce 8800 GTS, even if the new 3D accelerator based on the G92 GPU no longer has much in common with its namesake. The recommended retail price for a GeForce 8800 GTS 512 is around 299 euros. Point of View also offers the customer the graphics card including the game 'The Settlers 6', which increases the price to 305 euros. The faster-paced “Exo Edition” is expected to go over the counter for 315 euros.

POV GeForce 8800 GTS 512

If you look at the currently poor availability of the GeForce 8800 GT, you come to the fact that the GPU of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 is the same is pondering whether Nvidia will be able to deliver sufficient quantities within a short period of time. We cannot make a precise statement about this, but at least the graphics card should be available from today. And if you consider that some online shops are already selling graphics cards in spite of the continuing obligation to maintain confidentiality, one can at least hope that not all stores are cleared shortly after the presentation.

GeForce 8800 GTS 512 rear side
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 fan
GeForce 8800 GTS 512SLI connector

The PCB of the Point of View GeForce 8800 GTS 512 measures a length of 23 cm and thus corresponds to the dimensions of a current high-end graphics card (only Radeon HD 2900 XT, GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 Ultra are larger). So there shouldn't be any problems with the installation in a standard housing. As is typical for Nvidia, the board is green, but this time a slightly lighter version was chosen. The PCB, which is identical to that of the GeForce 8800 GT, is equipped with various components on both the front and the rear; There are only a few free spaces. Since the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 only has one SLI connection, no 3Way SLI is possible here either.

GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Emblem
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Side view
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 bracket

The Point of View GeForce 8800 GTS 512 is equipped with the reference cooler from Nvidia, which is manufactured in a dual-slot design and covers the entire front of the graphics card. The shape of the cooler is a bit unusual, as the rear part of the cooling system, which contains the fan, is tapered slightly. This is supposed to increase the air pressure a little. For the most part, Nvidia uses inexpensive aluminum as the cooling material on the GeForce 8800 GTS 512. Only a cooling block embedded above the GPU consists of the more efficient copper. Apart from that, various aluminum slats and a cooling plate ensure low temperatures. The maximum power consumption of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512according to Nvidia is 140 watts. The graphics card does not clock itself down under Windows.

GeForce 8800 GTS 512 cooler Backside
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 voltage converter
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 without cooler

A rather large radial fan with a diameter of 75 mm is attached to the end of the cooling system. The radial fan sucks in the cool air from the housing, blows it over the cooling block and in the next step blows the air out of the housing through several holes on the slot bracket. As mentioned above, the slightly inclined fan is probably supposed to increase the air pressure on the cooling fins, which can thus dissipate the heat more quickly. The 512 MB VRAM, which is produced by Qimonda with an access time of 1.0 ns, is also integrated into the cooling system. The fan works very quietly on the Point of View GeForce 8800 GTS 512. Even after a load phase of several hours, you cannot hear the graphics card from a closed case - more on this in the Volume section.

Qimonda 1.0 ns
GeForce 8800 GTS 512 GPU and memory

On the bracket, Point of View mounts two dual-link-capable DVI outputs that are HDCP-compatible and copy protection is still available in high resolutions like 2560x1600 can apply. A possibility,Unfortunately, in order to reproduce the sound via a special DVI-to-HDMI adapter, as with the Radeon HD 2000 series from ATi, you will look in vain on the GeForce 8800 GTS 512. In addition, a standard television can be connected to the graphics card via an HDTV output. In addition to the standard version of the GeForce 8800 GTS 512, Point of View also offers a so-called 'Exo Edition'. This comes with slightly higher clock rates (700/1750/1000), which is why the speed is higher than that of the reference design.

Point of view, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Exo-Edition puts one power and two DVI to HDMI adapter. The latter can certainly be described as praiseworthy, even if the other equipment is a bit poor. As a bonus, the Exo Edition includes the game 'MotoGP 07' in the box. Apart from that, however, there is a great emptiness in the packaging. This means that the equipment is of high quality, but there is enough room for improvement, especially with the cable equipment.

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