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Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review
Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Palit have taken a slightly different approach with this GeForce 8800GT-class videocard. Rather than pre-overclock the GPU and memory, it's added an extra 512MB of onboard videocard memory, bumping the total to 1GB GDDR3.
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The nVidia GeForce 8800GT GPU offers gamers exceptional performance for a relatively low price point. At the moment there are two G92 based products from nVIDIA, the GeForce 8800GT and the Geforce 8800GTS. Most of the attention has been focused on the 8800GT simply because it's slightly cheaper, and many GeForce 8800GT videocards have no problem overclocking to 8800GTS speeds! Finding an nVIDIA GeForce 8800GT videocard on the market isn't too hard, but expect them to get snapped up!

Palit have taken a slightly different approach with this GeForce 8800GT-class videocard. Rather than pre-overclock the GPU and memory, it's added an extra 512MB of onboard videocard memory, bumping the total to 1GB GDDR3. The Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB ships with its GPU running at 600 MHz and memory clocked at 900 MHz. The shader runs at the stock 1500MHz speed. For the gamers looking for a little DirectX10 action in Windows Vista, the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB supports SM4.0, 16x antialiasing, 128-bit HDR, nVidia quantum effects physics processing, PureVideo HD, OpenGL 2 and all the other eye candy you'd expect.

Palit Microsystems is a relatively new company to the retail world of videocards, and as the new kid on the block Palit are doing a lot to get noticed. PCSTATS has already tested a pre-overclocked Geforce 9600GT from Palit, and in this review we'll be discovering the impact extra memory has on the Geforce 8800GT GPU.

As with all Geforce 8800GT's, the maximum resolution through each of the two dualink DVI outputs is 2560x1600 pixels. Connecting up an SD or HDTV is easy as there are a couple options; hook up a Component Output/composite cable, or use the supplied DVI-to-HDMI adaptor. The Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB videocard requires one 6-pin 12V auxiliary power connector, supports nVidia SLI, PCI Express 2.0 and is HDCP compliant.

Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard


User's Manual, Driver CD, DVI-to-analog converter, HDMI-to-DVI converter, SLI 6-pin power cable, component output dongle cable, coaxial audio cable, Tomb Raider Game.

The Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB videocard comes with 1024MB of onboard memory and is priced at $290 CDN ($290 USD, £150 GBP). That's about the middle of the pack for GeForce 8800GT videocards, and well below the price point of 8800GTS 512MB models. The videocard uses a dual slot extruded blue aluminum heatsink, so unfortunately it's not going to be as suitable within a small form factor PC.

At the top right hand corner of the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB is a six pin PCI Express x16 power connector. Don't forget to plug that in before powering on the system or you'll make it angry. At the top left hand corner of the videocard you'll see the SLI bridge connector; the card can be run with one other GeForce 8800GT videocard in SLI mode.

There is a digital 2-pin audio header at the corner of the Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB by the nVidia SLI connector too. This is used to bring an audio signal into the Palit 9600GT so it can output audio over the HDMI cable. Virtually every motherboard has an audio header, so it's a convenient route.

nVidia G82 Geforce 8800GT Technology

The Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ videocard is powered by the nVIDIA GeForce 8800GT core. Code named 'G92', this graphics processor is a big slab of silicon; manufactured by TSMC on the 65nm process it contains 754 million transistors. Nvidia packs the G92 core with some tweaks that other GPUs in the Geforce 8800-series have lacked. The Geforce 8800GT integrates a video processing engine (which was previously a separate chip with G80 versions of the GF 8800GTX/GTSs) into the core, and increases the number of texture address units. The default clock speeds are 600MHz GPU, 1800MHz memory and 1500MHz shader.

The nVidia G92 core has 112 stream processors available to it (128SPs for the 8800GTX, 96 for the 8800GTS 640/320MB model, 64 for the 9600GT) which means clock for clock the G92 is technically more powerful than the GeForce 8800GTS.

The GeForce 8800GT's 1024MB of GDDR3 memory is clocked at 1800 MHz, which is faster than the 8800GTX that came before it. To ensure that the G92 stays in its place, behind the 8800GTX, nVIDIA purposefully equips the new darling with a small 256-bit data bus. The GeForce 8800GTX uses a 384 bit bus (50% wider) and the 8800GTS 320/640MB a 320 bit data bus. That should keep the GeForce 8800GT performance in check.

For those who like theoretical numbers, the nvidia GeForce 8800GT GPU boasts a texture fill rate of 33.6 billion per second and a bandwidth of 57.6 GB/s. The GeForce 8800GTX comes in at 36.8 billion per second for texture fill rate, 86.4 GB/s in bandwidth. The GeForce 8800GTS weighs in with a 24 billion per second texture fill rate and 64 GB/s bandwidth.

Now, let's find out how far this Palit's Geforce 8800GT Super+ videocard can overclock!

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Contents of Article: Palit 8800GT Super+ 1GB
 Pg 1.  — Palit Geforce 8800GT Super+ 1GB Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the GeForce 8800GT
 Pg 3.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark06
 Pg 4.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez
 Pg 5.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Lost Planet
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 8.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 9.  Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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