card-itself.jpgSo last year, we witnessed what many described as a “Dramatic Leap Forward”, concerning affordable high-end graphics. This was brought about with the introduction of the GeForce 8800 GT cards – mean graphics at a lean price. Of course this led to a shortage of these cards, leaving an angry mob stuck with their rainy day money. It was no different for the PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT 512MB PCIe 2.0 card went on sale. And why not? It gives up only a slight performance advantage to super high-end 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra cards, but what you get for the price is nothing short of a killer product. Fortunately, stocks are backed up (including here at Tiger) so the have-nots are no longer out of the loop.

Let’s examine how this svelte, single-slot package can pretty much be the best bang for your buck, especially in today’s finicky market. The PNY XLR8 8800 GT 512MB has a core clock speed of 600MHz, a memory clock of 1.8 GHz and a shader clock of 1500MHz. The card has 512MB of memory and a 256-bit memory interface. The fill rate for the PNY XLR8 8800 GT 512MB is 33.6 billion pixels/sec and the memory bandwidth is 57.6GB/sec. Due to the lower power 65nm GPU, this video card requires the sacrifice of only one power cable to your PSU. So, one can see that the GeForce 8800 GT has some interesting specifications that pretty much make it a no-brainer of a purchase.

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Technology-wise, you’re going to feel feel like a kid in a candy store. This card supports both SLI and DirectX 10 technology. This card has all the features common to other 8800 series graphics cards on the market, with one notable exception. The PNY XLR8 GeForce 8800 GT is one of the first video cards from PNY to be compatible with PCI Express 2.0, offering twice the bandwidth of current PCI Express slots. The PNY XLR8 8800 GT 512MB is fully backwards-compatible with PCI Express 1.0 as well, placing some minds at ease that wish to upgrade their motherboards later. The card is also dual-link HDCP capable for watching protected HD films on your computer. As always, better player and graphics experience is the name of the game, and the PNY XLR8 8800 GT has impressed me in both aspects:

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This card offers excellent performance. It carries a bargain price that most gamers can afford and provides performance that is better than many video cards available at a higher price. The PNY XLR8 8800 GT 512MB ran impressively and closely compares to the much higher priced Ultra XXX cards, in 3DMark06 benchmarks. Pick one up today, and allow yourself to play all this year’s hottest games. Besides, sunlight is over-rated.

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