ECS GeForce 8800 GT Reviewajmatson - April 15, 2008
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At first glance, the ECS GeForce 8800 GT looks like any other 8800 GT card, with the exception of the unique cooler instead of the reference single slot cooler many other 8800 GTs have. ECS went with a blue PC board for the 8800 GT and added a custom cooler for maximum cooling and overclocking. There are two DVI ports, which support up to a 2560x1600 resolution, and an S-Video out. The back of the card has the 6-pin PCI Express power connector to provide the aditional power the card needs to run efficiently. The ECS GeForce 8800 GT is a PCI Express 2.0 card and supports DirectX 10.0, Shader Model 4.0, and OpenGL 2.0 and is SLi capable with another 8800 GT video card using an SLi bridge.
Stripping off the coolers, we can get a better look at the memory and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). The memory is made by Qimonda and runs at 700MHz for the stock speeds, which is 200MHz less than a reference 8800 GT, and on a 256-bit memory bus. Will this drop in speed hurt the performance? The GPU is based on the nVidia G92 core and runs at 600MHz, which is on par for a stock 8800 GT. But wait, all of the memory spaces are filled? So is there actually 512MB there onboard? Under the tail end of the heatsink you can see where the voltage regulation occurs providing the raw power to the GPU and memory to make the video card work.
The cooler on the ECS GeForce 8800 GT card is the Accelero L1 which uses an aluminum fin design with an 80mm fan to provide active cooling. The heatsink covering the voltage regulators is also made of aluminum to help dissipate heat using the natural airflow of the case. The Accelero L1 cooler takes up two slots on the motherboard, making it impossible to place a card in the slot directly beneath it. I wanted to give you an idea of the cooler compared to the same concept of another card, so I placed it next to the ASUS EN8800GT TOP reviewed earlier by OCC so you can get an idea of the unique cooling solutions for these cards.
Now that we have seen the hardware of the ECS GeForce 8800 GT, let's get it in and take a look at the configuration to make the card work.