Palit's Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB videocard comes
with its GPU and memory running at stock clock speeds (600MHz GPU / 1800MHz
memory), yet most Geforce 880GT videocards are sold pre-overclocked. You know
what that means.... PCSTATS should be able to overclock the 8800GT Super+ 1GB
Starting with the
GeForce 8800GT GPU first, PCSTATS will be increasing the clock speed in 25 MHz
Overclocking the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB was
accomplished with nVidia's nTune software. The Geforce 8800GT wasn't
too challenging to overclock, and in a matter of minutes it was running
at 738MHz. From there we coaxed it to 757MHz, and then 764MHz
fell by the wayside. At 778MHz the system instantly crashed, bummer,
so the GPU speed had to brought back down to 764MHz for stability.
Beginning at 1800 MHz (900MHz), the 1GB of
memory came next. Overclocking in rapid 40 MHz increments proved a little too adventurous... the GDDR3 RAM didn't cooperate
very well. After a good amount of time trying different settings, we eventually settled on a
speed of 1960MHz (980MHz). Any higher and the card became unstable.
As soon as
we set about overclocking both the memory and GPU together
to the maximum speeds the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB was capable of
independently, the entire system crashed. After a few more clock speed adjustments it was
looking like the memory was overclocked too far, and the GPU just a little bit too
fast. In the end the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB was reasonably stable with the
Geforce 8800GT GPU overclocked to 750MHz, and memory at 1930MHz (965MHz).
the safe overclocking limits of a videocard usually doesn't take very long, but
the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB was a bit trickier than usual.
Prelude to Benchmarks:
details of how the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB test system was configured for
benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and
benchmark versions are indicated below. All benchmarks for the Palit 8800GT
Super+ were run in Windows Vista Ultimate, the reference videocards were tested
in both Windows XP and Vista for the DX10 benchmarks.
is in the process of making the transition to a Windows Vista only test
platform, so keep this in mind as you scan the benchmark results. In the second
column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVIDIA GeForce
8800GT videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over
PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark
results on the next page.
|PCSTATS Test System Configurations|
Benchmarked results are grouped by GPU manufacturer
first (AMD/ATI or nVidia), then by GPU generation, and then by GPU class (high
end, mainstream, value). This approach provides a clearer view of how
performance can differ from generation to generation, and class to previous
generation. The product being tested is marked with the red colour bar.
On with the benchmarks!