Palit GeForce 8800 GT ReviewFormer staff writer -
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I’m not quite sure what to think at this time, the Palit GeForce 8800 GT does perform well, but much better on an Intel system. I wish one day we would be able to put any card in any system and get the same benchmarks for that card across the board, no matter what platform you choose. I truly feel bad for those of you who choose to run an AMD system at this time, the lack of L2 cache seems to be causing problems when running games that utilize both the CPU and GPU.
Now lets look at it from another perspective, would you agree that ninety to ninety five percent of the games available are optimized to run with nVidia? So why do we have such a bottleneck when running an nVidia video card on an AMD system. You think these game manufacturers would work with nVidia to sort out the problems to get around bottlenecks related to CPUs. On the other end we have Intel. Three years ago, practicaly no one I knew ran an Intel system... but now the tides have changed and most enthusiasts are running an Intel based sytem. Back then we all complained that gaming bottlenecks were present with Intel systems.
So what will be your choice? If you prefer AMD, you will get less performance. If you prefer Intel, the performance achieved will be better in most cases. Either way, on both platforms, any of today’s games can be played at acceptable frame rates. After conducting a poll in our forums, the most popular resolution to game at is 1280x1024, which is a big shock to me since I had figured it would've been 1680x1050.
So what about the Palit and its 8800GT? The heatsink is incredible in my opinion; it is quiet and doesn’t weigh the card down. There was a nine degree difference at load compared to the usual heatsinks we have grown accustomed to seeing on nVidia based cards. (Palit 8800GT/ 83C, XFX 8800 GTS 92C at 22C room temp) Not to mention that the card performs better than the ATI 3870 in most games.
This is OverclockersClub first review of a Palit product and in order to get you a review on it before CES, I opted to forgo overclocking the card. So there will be an update in the future.
- Aluminum Heatsink
- Very Light
- Performs well on Intel Systems
- AMD Phenom/Spider CPU Bottleneck problem