The nVidia GeForce 8800GT is here!
This story is probably a few days (or even a week) old by now, but I thought I should publish something, not really to announce its launch (since many have done a great job with this), but to throw my opinions in.
If you are a hardcore gamer, you know that when it comes to getting the best in the graphics department, your graphics card is more than likely the most important component in a computer setup. So far nVidia was leading the graphics card wars against AMD/ATi with their GeForce 8×00 series of chipsets. Even though AMD/ATi tried to compete with their Radeon HD2x00 series of chipsets, nVidia’s GeForce 8×00 chipsets were performing better overall when compared to similar AMD/ATi Radeon offerings of the same class. The GeForce 8800 Ultra is still nVidia’s top-of-the-line graphics card for extreme gaming, but the manufacturer recently released a sibling of the 8800 Ultra which performs quite close to its bigger brother, but comes at almost half the price!
The GeForce 8800GT sits at the sweet spot for gamers on a upper mid-range budget. Several sites such as TechReport.com and TomsHardware.com have full reviews on the performance of this card when compared to other nVidia and AMD/ATi offerings. You will definitely come to the conclusion that this card is indeed a great performer for the money!
I was considering upgrading my own graphics card (a Radeon X800XL) to a GeForce 8800GT and probably get another to match the first and activate SLI! My desktop motherboard is an ASUS A8N SLI-Deluxe running on a AMD Athlon64 3500+ socket-939 CPU. However, this upgrade would also require upgrading the PSU and CPU, but since socket-939 seems to be completely dead, it will take some time to find those components. Furthermore, my gaming rig has a permanent home in The Bahamas, whereas I am away in Canada at university most of the year, so upgrading that now may be pointless.
I do plan on building a Small Form-Factor gaming system sometime soon and this time, I’m going with Intel over AMD. It is definitely a better investment since Intel sockets are usually backward compatible with a lot of their older CPUs. By then, there may be a new graphics card to replace the 8800GT, but I believe this little power-house will be around for a while. Let’s hope!