XFX 8800 GTS 512 and Asus 8800 GT 512 - G92 shoot out


It's actually wrong to separate these two cards based simply on pure performance alone. Sure the XFX 8800 GTS 512 XXX Alpha Dog Edition manages to pump out the numbers, but the Asus 8800 GT Top Edition really represents a segment of the market that takes performance and adds proper value to it.
The Asus 8800 GT Top Edition is now available at SCAN for £154.50,  although this is not in stock at this time. This represents excellent value for money, if you can get your hands on one!
The XFX 8800 GTS 512, however, is easily available in the UK and looks to be around the £225 to £235 mark, although again this is not actually the 676MHz edition reviewed today.
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This is where you have to make a decision. Do you scrap a little bit of performance for a fairly large saving or do you bite the bullet and get the 8800 GTS 512. It's a tough one and almost relies on what you can get from the e-tailers at this present time.
Personally as a GTX owner myself I would be willing to sacrifice a little bit of cash to get a card that performs this well, although it's almost not quite worth it.
Asus 8800 GT Top Edition
Excellent performance and great value from a great performing card. I am going to say that this is a card for representing Value for Money and speed.
Asus 8800 GT Top 
The Good
+ Great bundle
+ Good value for money
+ Nice power consumption
The Mediocre
* Gets taxed with tougher games
* Lack of current availability
The Bad
- Whiney fan can get annoying
XFX 8800 GTS XXX Alpha Dog Edition
The 8800 GTS 512 G92 represents a great niche product and has almost reduced Nvidia's higher end line to 2 cards: the 8800 GT and the 8800 GTS, ignoring the overpriced 8800 Ultra, of course. This is definitely a Gamers Choice.
gamers choice 
The Good
+ Steaming performance
+ Good solid bundle
+ Well designed heatsink
+ Quiet during gaming
The Mediocre
* Fan at 100% is an annoyance
* Lack of availability on this exact model
The Bad
- Slightly high price-tag
Thanks to both Asus and XFX for sending the products and allowing us to pit them against each other!
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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2007, 22:24:49

Great insight into the higher end of the gpu spectrum.

I have to be fair, even tho u`ve got a 1 to 4 positioning, I don`t think there`s that much in it for any of them. I know the Ati slides in the rankings, but it does show itself to be a fine card.

An interesting comparison would have been performance versus costing, seeing as they`re as close as they appear to be.

I`m a bit at odds with the oc results too. I simply can`t achieve the memory overclock on my GT without it having fits. But I can clock the gpu to around 720 (from 670).

What would impress me is some1 buying the cheapest GT, putting it under water, and claiming back those clock hertz with their superior cooling. Sounds nice.

Suprizes me a bit tho that the GTS isn`t launched as a bigger performer. Although pricewize, it does seem to start from stock where the GT limit starts. Leaving u further to climb

Nice review m8, think every1s doing the "going to bed early to get up early" trick Quote

24-12-2007, 22:25:40

Nice to see this review is finally up

Shame I cant view it as 128k is painfully slow :sleep:Quote

24-12-2007, 23:07:43

Thing is though there is a BIOS voltmod for the 8800GT that GREATLY increases its overclockability. If there isn't one for the 8800GTS I see them both reaching high limits but so far the 8800GT seems to OC better. With good cooling and the volt mod this thing easily passes 800mhz core, I've seen some at 850+.

What you also go to look at as well is shaders, they seem to be the key thing atm if the shaders OC much better on the 8800GT, which I guess they kinda should since they could simply lock the worst performing ones to get it top out better, it could impact performance in certain titles a lot.

Nice review though I was surprised the 8800GT didn't clock more, there wasn't a heat issue was there?

It should also be said about the supposed problems of the memory modules on the 8800GT, seems that long term use of the memory at 2ghz+ and it brakes. Thats why some companies like Zotac use better memory modules for their cards.Quote

24-12-2007, 23:29:40

Great review Kempez, can't wait to open my GTS tomorrow Quote

24-12-2007, 23:34:22

The GT was a little hot yes, but I will never change the cooling or take off the heatsink prior to running any tests. I test every card as it would be when it appears on your doorstep

Volt-modding is not part of the overclocking testing as the percentage of users who do that is small and it voids any warranty you have.

An overclock is dependent on what RAM is used, what cooling is like and also what luck you get with the silicon...the overclocking gods didn't smile on me this time

@Rast: I agree, the ATI card is a great card as I said in the ATI review, but this review was for these two cards. Having said that: would I buy the HD3850 personally? No, I'd go for an 8800 GTS 512mb G92 or an 8800 GT 512 G92 It's simply not fast enough with every game, I'm afraid.Quote

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