With the stunning introduction of nVidiaâ€™s 8800 GT GPU in the market, a number of video card manufacturers have started sprouting their offerings featuring the high-performance and low-cost chipset. This makes choosing the perfect card all the more difficult, but the best rule of thumb here is to go for the one with good overclocking ability and reliability.
And you can hardly go wrong with a good brand. Well-known in the graphics card market, Palit has made a name for itself outside the US, but has finally decided to reach out to its American customers with the release of their line of video cards in North American shores, among them the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB Video Card.
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A quick look at the Palit GeForce 8800 GT will tell you that it is based on a 65nm manufacturing process and has 112 stream processors running on a 256-bit memory bus, on which default clock speeds include a 600 MHz for the core, 1.5 GHz for the stream processor, and 1.8 GHz for the memory. In this case, the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB Video Card features the stock core and stock memory speeds.
However, what makes this one of the best choices as a high performance mainstream video card today is Palitâ€™s decision to veer away from the stock GeForce 8800 GT 512MB reference board design and high video RAM support for a maximum of 2560 x 1600 resolution. The incorporation of Palitâ€™s better cooling solution for this video card is a definite improvement on the stock cooling unit because of the dual-slot design.
Also, although made from aluminum rather than copper, and having fewer fins, Palitâ€™s cooling system is still quite effective at keeping the GeForce 8800 GT GPU cool, and is also impressive at allowing for lower temperatures and consistent performance even when overclocked. The large aluminum heatsink on the right edge of the card, while used to cool some of the boardâ€™s power circuitry, serves as an additional cooling component for the overall temperature management that will greatly contribute to enhanced system performance.
Aside from these unexpected improvements on the GeForce 8800 GT, Palit has chosen to include a DVI-to-HDMI adapter to allow users to hook the board up an HDTV. Also included in the cardâ€™s packaging is an SPDIF cable through which audio will be passed, a component cable for people who donâ€™t have an HDMI input, and a DVI-to-VGA adapter for those who own a VGA monitor. A copy of Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a good extra for this video card ensemble.
Although users will greatly benefit from the highly efficient, dual-slot design and great overclocking potential offered by this 1GB graphics marvel, there still are other things that make this a great-value product. Vista certified, SLI- and HDTV-ready, as well as having x16 PCI Express 2.0 compatibility, the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB Video Card is definitely for any current gamer who prefers a high quality, cool-running, highly overclockable video card that offers 1GB of memory as great potential for advantages with future games.
Contributed by Ethel Kay Merioles, Product Reviewer