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New and currently the fastest Nvidia graphics card, the Geforce 8800 Ultra has finally arrived. Gainward's card has a new cooler with a better design that makes the card appear larger than an 8800 GTX, but the PCB is the same size, 10.5 inch or 27 centimetres.

If you look closely at the card, the only thing that points out the origin of the card is the small sticker on the cooler, which states that this expensive card comes from Gainward. The full name of the card is a bit longer, Gainward BLISS 8800Ultra Geforce 8800Ultra, 768MB DDR3, Dual-DVI.



The card works at the reference 612 MHz for GPU and 2160 MHz for the memory. Another difference between this and the GTX is in the Shader clocks, GTX Shaders works at 1350MHz while the Ultra works a little faster, at 1500 MHz.

Higher clocks on GPU and memory should result in higher performance, up to 10-15%. There is 15% more memory bandwidth, which is now 101.3 GB/s compared to a GTX which has "only" 86 GB/s.

Today we have a short preview of the card for you, so that you can see that there is a boost in performance when compared to the last high-end card from Nvidia, the 8800 GTX.

We used:


Intel Core 2 Duo 6800 Extreme edition
Nforce 680i EVGA board
OCZ Reaper 1066MHz 5-5-5-15
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Akasa EVO AK 922 Blue Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's
Silverstone DA750W modular PSU

Composite Figures 3Dmark 06 3DMark 06
NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 11160
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 11887

SM2.0 Test Score GT1 GT2
NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 5139 42.410 43.233
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 5537 45.605 46.671

HDR/SM3.0 Test Score HDR1 HDR2
NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 5034 46.055 54.169
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 5536 51.001 59.719

CPU Test Score CPU1 CPU2
NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 2637 0.832 1.336
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 2642 0.833 1.341

You get about 6% improvement overall in the 3DMark06 score, where the 8800Ultra scored 11,889 marks. In Shader Model 3.0, the improvement is about 9% when compared to an 8800GTX card.

FEAR 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200 2048x1536
NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 172 163 144 103
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 180 176 155 119

FEAR High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X 1024x768 1280x1024 1600x1200 2048x1536

NVIDIA 8800GTX 575/1800 MHz 150 115 86 60
Gainward 8800Ultra 612/2160 MHz 161 127 98 65

The score that we mentioned before was about 15% improvement and you can notice this at higher resolutions. In FEAR at 2,048x1,536, the Ultra scores 119 FPS while the GTX scores 15% less or 103 FPS.


To be continued.
Impressive.... still not worth the price yet though.....

PS. Anyone know how to copy and paste the benchies so that they aren't bunched up???
    
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post #2 of 19
I dont see why higher clock speeds equal two hundred or more dollars in cost...
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I dont see why higher clock speeds equal two hundred or more dollars in cost...
QFT...

I'll wait for the mid-range 2xxx series by ATi before I even consider buying a new graphics... And then upgrade the PSU accordingly
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i reckon! pretty pricey.


Look at the horrible dvi to vga convertor!
If they can afford the card but not a monitor recent enough to have DVI????
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i guess the bigger hsf costs alot more lol
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yeah that core is attainable with a gtx but that memory might ba a little challenging.
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i reckon! pretty pricey.


Look at the horrible dvi to vga convertor!
If they can afford the card but not a monitor recent enough to have DVI????
off topic you got the qx6800? How the performance
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Originally Posted by cognoscenti View Post
i reckon! pretty pricey.


Look at the horrible dvi to vga convertor!
If they can afford the card but not a monitor recent enough to have DVI????
Surprised you haven't stepped up to the Ultra Coggy, i mean how long is it since you stepped up to those GTX's from GTS'? There getting old now hun

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Seriously, that's just a waste of money.
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cog...
how much did it cost.
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