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.
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.
+ Great bundle
+ Good value for money
+ Nice power consumption
* Gets taxed with tougher games
* Lack of current availability
- 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.
+ Steaming performance
+ Good solid bundle
+ Well designed heatsink
+ Quiet during gaming
* Fan at 100% is an annoyance
* Lack of availability on this exact model
- Slightly high price-tag
Thanks to both Asus
for sending the products and allowing us to pit them against each other!
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