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    PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  March 13, 2008

    Crysis Performance

    Crysis is a new game from your friends at Crytek, and is very much like a significantly upgraded version of FarCry. The in-game visuals are incredible, and it even supports extra DirectX 10 goodies for those with top-end, enthusiast-level video cards. We're using the game demo, which includes both GPU and CPU benchmarks, and as this is a video card review, we're naturally using the former. All details have been set to Medium, as anything higher is an absolute slideshow with entry-level and mainstream video cards, and we have utilized standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions for the first test.

    Crysis benchmarking really shows how the performance levels of the various cards are affected when you present a truly high-end graphics engine. Some, like the last-generation GeForce 7 cards, drop considerably, while many of the newer DirectX 10 cards maintain, or even increase, the pace. The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB video card demonstrates more than enough horsepower, and manages to hit 50-60 fps at each resolution, with both the GeForce 8800 GTS and Radeon HD 2900 XT well behind.

    Crysis AA and AF Performance

    Shifting the Crysis GPU benchmark to 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering settings does little to change the rankings, and only the overall framerates change. The PNY GeForce 8800 GTS shows good legs, and is able to maintain almost 40 fps at 1920x1080.

    World in Conflict Performance

    World in Conflict is another real-time tactical war game, complete with eye-dropping visuals that are demanding enough to drop a mainstream video card in its tracks. It's a bit different from traditional RTS games, in that the war and strategy parts are put to the forefront, while the resource gathering and base construction tasks are taken out of the equation. In this test, we've used the in-game benchmarking tool, and since we've had some issues getting reliable AA and AF results, we've instead used Medium and High detail settings to emulate the extra graphics work. In the first section, we use standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 resolutions at Medium detail settings.

    The initial World in Conflict testing at Medium details shows a very close race between the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS and Radeon HD 2900 XT cards, with the PNY board coming out with a very slim victory. In a bit of a surprise, the Radeon HD 3850 takes third spot, outpacing the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB.

    World in Conflict "High Detail" Performance

    When moving to the High detail setting, the PNY GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB proves itself the champion of this particular benchmark, and simply annihilates all the other competitors. The Radeon HD 2900 XT maintains its second-place finish, but now it's well behind the top NVIDIA card.



    Page 1 The PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB Card
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 Farcry and Quake 4 Performance
    Page 4 F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance
    Page 5 Lost Planet and Supreme Commander Performance
  • Page 6 Crysis and World in Conflict Performance
    Page 7 Unreal Tournament 3 Botmatch and Flyby Performance
    Page 8 3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, Value, and Conclusion

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