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In a Galaxy far far away a young Jedi ... Oh have stop making that pun. Hey everyone, today a new review from the guys and gals at Galaxy technology. Now you all know it ... the GeForce 8800 GT 512Mb is a trendy and hip card. Even if the card is 100% reference it still rocks due to it's price versus performance ratio.
Ever since the GeForce 8800 GT/GTS series have been released everyone was flabbergasted by two things, precisely... the vast amount of bang for bucks (this card really rocks for the money you pay for it), and more unfortunate... the heat the card creates. It's pretty safe to say that the 8800 GT & GTS with reference coolers run rather hot, very hot as we've seen temps over 90 degrees C when the GPU is fully utilized. The cards can handle it though, so don't be worried about it. It however is not sexy ... see sexy is when a card will diverts from traditional cooling and utilize a more unconventional cooling method.
So what then if a company decides to pimp a graphics card ? As that's what Galaxy did. They, to date, made the best looking and innovative GeForce 8800 GT to date, period. Well not period, I mean I do have to at the very least tell you the difference over the reference model. How about a Blue PCB, custom cooler, black connector panel, HDMI output, two 6-pin power connector for optimal multi-phase power connectivity... really a Guru's wet dream (oh come on admit it!). [Ed - Just because you say it, doesnt make it true, does it?]
It doesn't stop there though as this is supposed to be a tweakers card. For the fun factor the core clocks are set at default, but I can already tell you that we easily reached a 700 Mhz core frequency and the memory .. ugh that memory .. at 2400 MHz overclocked.
Surely that doesn't suck as performance is then close to the 768 MB GeForce 8800 GTX. Are your juices flowing yet ? Good, go to the next page please.
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