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Play Value Geforce 8800GT / 512MB / PCI Express 2.0 / Graphics Card

Released on 10 March 2008

Manufacturer: Play.com

4.0 out of 5 (6 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The ideal combination of power, performance, and price, NVIDIA SLI-Ready GeForce 8800 graphics processing units (GPUs) offers 112 stream processors, a 256-bit frame buffer, standard-setting GeForce 8 Series features and, a strikingly immersive DirectX10 gaming experience. With full support for PCIe 2.0 and featuring second generation NVIDIA PUREVIDEO HD engine, GeForce 8800GT is worth the wait.
  • Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • Memory Installed: 512MB
  • Interface: PCI Express 2.0
  • Memory Interface: 256 bit
  • Core Clock: 600 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 1800 MHz (900 x 2)
  • RAMDACs: 400 MHz
  • NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology
  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Shader Model 4.0 support
  • PCI Express 2.0 Support
  • 16x full-screen anti-aliasing
  • True 128-bit floating point high dynamic-range (HDR) lighting
  • NVIDIA Quantum Effects physics processing technology
  • Two DVI outputs support 2560x1600 resolution displays
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • OpenGL 2.0 support
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Built for Microsoft Windows Vista
  • NVIDIA Lumenex Engine
  • NVIDIA nView Multi-Display Technology
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
  • Discrete, Programmable Video Processor
  • Hardware Decode Acceleration
  • Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing
  • High-Quality Scaling
  • Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction)
  • Bad Edit Correction
  • Video Color Correction
  • Integrated SD and HD TV Output
  • Noise Reduction
  • Edge Enhancement

customer Reviews

 Average rating (6 reviews)

 Gear Up For The GeForce

| | See all Zues02's reviews (4)

Top 100 PC Reviewer

While the 8800 series has been around for some time and the higher end Geforce 9 series is on the horizon, the Geforce 8800GT still manages to find a fine balance between price and performance, which even casual gamers can benefit from.

What you get straight out of the box is a Palit Geforce 8800GT, and more specifically the non reference designed card, which features the standard DVI and SD/HD output ports as well as the increasingly popular HDMI interface. The package contains the usual assortments of accessories which include the DVI-VGA adapter, HD Component Cable, 4pin Molex-6pin PCI-E Power Adapter, and even a S-Video - Composite adapter. On the software front is the drivers' disc in addition to a full copy of Eidos Interactive's remake - Tomb Raider Anniversary. While the game itself doesn't showcase the full potential of the graphics card, it's still a welcomed edition to the bundle.

Prior to installing the card, it's recommended to uninstall any previous graphics card drivers before shutting the system and removing cables; those using onboard graphics solutions, can simply disable them via the device manager before installing the new card. With any electrostatic sensitive device it is always a good idea to discharge yourself, by simply touching your computer's chassis, in order to prevent static build up, which could otherwise damage the card's circuitry whilst handling. This card physically occupies two PCI slots due to its cooling fan; apart from an improved cooling unit the card is also shorter in length when compared to the single slot reference cards. However due to the 6pin PCI-E power socket being located at the rear of the card, some users may find it a tight squeeze trying to position hard drives and other components closer to the card.
Once the card is physically installed and the system is turned on, the card will initially sound like a new hair dryer, before quietening down. Windows should automatically recognise the new hardware and request to locate the drivers, at which point you could insert the provided driver disc and get going.

As you can imagine, the transition from using a Geforce 6200 graphics card to a Geforce 8800GT was immense, and this card will easily play any DirectX 9 based game at maximum settings whilst offering highly playable frame rates. Most games that feature the ability to configure themselves for optimal performance will automatically turn up all the settings appropriately depending on your computer's hardware configuration; with DirectX 10 games like Crysis automatically setting all options to 'Very High' upon detection.

In short this card certainly delivers and at its current price, it is one of the cheapest 8800GTs around, considering its specification and the items that come bundled with it. Throw in the fact that you could conceivably pair it with a relatively low end dual core CPU and still notice an increase in gaming performance; the 8800GT is definitely the way to go, even if you're a casual gamer, looking for a graphics card upgrade.

 Very good value for money.

| | See all Bonello's reviews (3)

Little annoyed Play brought the price down £30 or so right after I bought it, but regarding the card itself I am very pleased.

The card, as the previous reviewer states, is indeed the Palit with the large (orange) fan and heat sink. This works very well and isn't at all noisy for the amount of cooling it puts out.

From having cards that would struggle with nearly any use, this card is phenomenal. I played Crysis, with an entry-level CPU and average 2 GB RAM and it played High settings smooth as anything.

At this price (especially with the price cut) this is serious power at a very, very good price.

The only reasons this card is cheaper is that it isn't overclocked at the factory, so any extra juice you'd like to squeeze out is at your own risk. I managed to get a decent amount more out using Palit's own software and with the good cooling this proved easy, but I don't like to risk it and am perfectly content with the speed from stock.

Given the large cooling fan on top, this card takes up extra room and I think steals a bit of space from other PCI slots.

Power-wise this card isn't as hungry as I'd feared. The manufacturer increases the declared requirements for a safe buffer; the stated amount is not needed.

All in all, this card is under-priced as a high-end, well-cooled, good-looking, quiet, powerful card that will serve you well right into the future. Snap it up before it goes!

 Cracking card, but now I have a redundant monitor.

| | See all Beerwolf's reviews (1)

It really is a very good card. Plays STALKER with max detail and anti aliasing nicely at 1280 x 1024... but...

It does not have "two DVI outputs support 2560x1600 resolution displays".

 Good Economy Graphics Card

| | See all cowboy1's reviews (11)

The Card I got was a Palit 8800 GT The main advantage with this card is an improved heat sink and fan. The temperature is around 46C in 2D use and about 58C in 3D use, well below some cards of this type. It seems to make no more noise than a 8600 card. Most of the performance improvement comes in improved frame rate and a higher screen resolution, not all games show all that much improvement.Most older games show hardly any improvement, most newer games show a fair bit of improvement. I would advise at least a 450 watt power supply, you may just get away with a 400 watt. It came with some usefull adaptors and Tomb Raider game.

 Value 8800GT

| | See all oddz118's reviews (3)

Just like to inform everyone this is a Palit 8800GT with the big blue cooler, non reference PCB with 3 phase power supply. And also it comes with Tome raider game...

This is the cheapest 8800GT card around and also one of the best non-overclocked cards around.

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