XFX 8800 GTS 512 XXX Alpha Dog Edition
Coming onto the newer revision of the 8800 with XFX's 8800 GTS 512. This is Nvidia's newest card released a week or so ago and XFX's example looks pretty darn good, as usual.
The packaging on XFX's card is much smaller than that on the Asus 8800 GT, more compact.
As usual, XFX have chosen their Cyber Dog on the packaging of their latest "Alpha Dog" offering. This is a cert to stand out on shelves, although I'm not sure how much it actually related to the graphics card.
Even though the XFX card is in a rather diminutive packaging, XFX do a good job of keeping the card safe and secure.
XFX have decided to include the somewhat dubiously dubbed AA title "Lost Planet" in with their 8800 GTS Alpha Dog Edition. The game isn't too bad and again, it does come in a DX10 flavour so at least you can make use of the card straight away.
XFX have included:
* DVI to VGA cable
* S-Video to S-Video cable
* Quick install guide
* S-Video guide
* Hint and tips guide
* "I'm gaming Do Not Disturb" door card
* Driver CD
* Lost Planet full game
All in all not a bad package, although a component cable for HDTV would be nice for HDTV users. Still, it is primarily a gamers graphics card and any gamer worth their salt will be using a monitor with DVI in.
XFX 8800 GTS 512 card close-up
Nvidia have implemented a new and rather novel design with the 8800 GTS 512. Looking kind of similar to the heatsink fitted to the 8800 GTS G80, there's a subtle twist...or should I say dip, added.
Again, XFX have gone with Nvidia's stock implementation of the heatsink/fan combo. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as Nvidia have done very well recently picking some nice coolers for their new cards.
As on their 8800 GT cards, Nvidia have added a nice little GeForce logo onto the side of the card to show what side you're batting on through your case window.
Here you can see clearly the excellent design Nvidia have come up with to solve the problem of heat with dual GPU's. As they are usually so close to each other, Nvidia decided to separate them by adding a slight angle onto the fan part of the heatsink. This also means that the VRMs get cooled as the fan is slightly above their level for optimum cooling.
Here we see the the caps right below the cooler and another angle on the tilt that Nvidia have gone with for this 8800 revision.
The XFX 8800 GTS 512 G92 has the double Dual Link DVI with HDCP that seems to come standard with top-end cards these days. This is great for the consumers as the choice of display is huge. Also included is the TV-out S-Video connection for those with to TV's that can utilise this.
The cooler on the 8800 GTS 512 G92 is akin to that on the 8800 GTS, although at 100% it is significantly louder. Your ears won't thank you for manually ramping up that fan, take it from me!
The fansink combo seems to work reasonably well combined with the 65nm process of the 8800 GTS 512, idling at 51°C and loading up at 63°C. Luckily these temperatures do not cause the fan to ramp up at all, so your ears shouldn't be bleeding at all whilst gaming.