XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition



The XFX 8800 Ultra "Extreme" Edition is a very fast card. If you're out to get one of the best performing cards on the market then it's certainly the card to take a look at. With a speedy 650MHz clock speed, fast 1620MHz stream processors and highly clocked 2200MHz memory, it's lightening fast out of the box.

Having said that: there is a price to pay for a card this fast. At £440 the card comes with a rather large pricetag. Considering the excellent XFX 8800 GTS Fatal1ty performs pretty darn well for under half the price, it's hard to recommend the card solely on price.

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The actual gaming experience from having an Ultra is superb and by having a screamingly fast single card you're avoiding issues with SLI if you choose a solution with two cheaper 8800 GTS, so on that front it's a good choice.

The XFX 8800 Ultra gets a "Recommended" Award for being the fastest card to go through our labs to date...but with a proviso that there are other cards that you might be best spending your money on, as well as considering a certain something that may be coming to the shelves next week...

Recommended Award

The Good

+ Excellent performance
+ Great cooler as standard
+ Overclocked out of the box

The Mediocre

* New cards on the horizon

The Bad

- Very expensive

Thanks to XFX for the review sample

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Most Recent Comments

25-10-2007, 11:34:56

Nice, review Matt.

Would love to have 2 of these in my rig...if only to massage my 3DMark scores in an upward direction.Quote

25-10-2007, 12:35:41

Nice review niceeee card.. bit too higher price for me tho...

New cards hitting the shelves next week? is this the 8800GTQuote

25-10-2007, 13:08:48

Great read as ever kemp.

With these just didn't cost as muchQuote

25-10-2007, 13:35:13

Great read.

Still don`t like 2 slot gfx approach, but also appreciate the existing situation with that generation, and the cooler is proven.

Nice bundle imo, looked like both GRAW and the Lost Planet will give u something to thrash at immediately. Don`t know what else u would want in a bundle aside from tat.

Don`t like the price, especially with the very good alternatives about.

A little bemused with the release timing too tbh, seeing as XFX do have a number of already great 8800 options out there, but maybe this will be their consolidation card moving forward for the older 8800 models. Knowing perhaps that there isn`t a big enough performance gap between the 8800s about to come out and the existing GTX cards, this could be a reason for them to push this Ultra as far as they can.

Don`t think it`s a good option at this time, imo. Nice overall package, be excellent if it were cheaper - c`mon u`ve made u`r monies out of this range by now.Quote

25-10-2007, 14:47:03

I dont think the clock speed boost on that ultra over a normal ultra are enough to justify buying it, if it was 100mhz then yeh, but it isnt.Quote

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