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Geforce 8800 ultra review - Ultra vs GTX-GTS Duel
Posted:2007-05-02 By Video card review
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Geforce 8800 ultra review - Ultra vs GTX-GTS Duel

When all where occupied with the first graphics chips DirectX 10 from AMD, R600,  NVIDIA comes on with new high end card .
The new card is similar to The geforce 8800 GTX but with higher frequencies and better cooling for always higher performances. Two weeks before the arrival of R600, NVIDIA officially announced this new card . We have here the occasion to test the GeForce 8800 Ultra, and to compare it with GeForce 8800 GTX From Asus and eVGA.

NVIDIA - Tony Tamasi Wafer G80 - GeForce 8800

GeForce 8800 Ultra : specifications

New logo NVIDIA

Since November, the GeForce 8  range family grew rich with the first arrival of GeForce 8800 GTS 320 MB, then recently with medium range  GeForce 8600 GTS, GeForce 8600 GT and other alternatives directed to low price range.

VS the old family GeForce 8, The GeForce 8800 Ultra takes again an identical architecture, in particular with the number of stream processor. Like GeForce 8800 GTX, The GeForce 8800 Ultra have 128 stream processors and 24 ROP. In short, NVIDIA does not increase the number of unities and also does not touch the memory interface , always fixed at 384 bits, with memory volume 768 MB....

Whereas current GeForce 8800 GTX have the A02 G80 revision, The GeForce 8800 Ultra got the A03 version. The technical process remain the same as before  90nm, just like the number of transistors which is around the 680 million, But here nvidia was able to  lower the power consumption of this new chip version.

Flea NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - A3 Overhaul

A03 G80

NVIDIA announces then a maximum consumption of 175 Watts against 177 Watts for GeForce 8800 GTX. In the facts, we were not able to validate this power consumption, since according to our measurements, the card consumes a little more than the 8800 GTX:


Power consumption Overall System

GeForce 8800 GTX 282 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTX OC Asus 298 Watts
GeForce 8800 GTX OC eVGA 297 Watts

GeForce 8800 Ultra

311 Watts

Radeon X1950 XTX

280 Watts


Let us finish by referring the operation frequencies  . The GeForce 8800 GTX operates at 575 MHz, the GeForce 8800 Ultra work at 612 MHz. On GeForce 8800 GTX, the shaders unities work @ 1350 MHz, While for the ultra version this frequency was increased to 1500 MHz . Side Memory frequency Nvidia finally pass from 900 MHz, with the GeForce 8800 GTX, to 1080 MHz on  GeForce 8800 Ultra.  The memory band-width  was increased then from  86,4 Gb/S to 101,3 Gb/S.

Ultra GeForce 8800:

Taking again the black GeForce 8800 GTX PCB , and adopting the format PCI-Express 16x, The GeForce 8800 Ultra has identical dimensions as the GTX : 27 centimetres.  the card has a dual slot cooler . The cooper base is connected with heat-pipe to the radiator. We note that the new fan in the 8800 Ultra is quieter than in the GTx Version. , a good point for NVIDIA.

Card NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - 1

Card NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - 2
Ultra GeForce 8800 NVIDIA

Equipped with two connectors SLI, the card has 768 Mb GDDR3 memory from  Samsung . Naturally this case support  HDCP . We have here two connectors DVI , connector mini-DIN for video out.

EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX ACS3

EVGA was one of the first to propose the overclocked version GeForce 8800 GTX in the form of e-GeForce 8800 GTX ACS3. Based on GeForce 8800 GTX, this card take again the black PCB GeForce 8800 GTX/Ultra and has  68 Mb video memory. The card was Supplied with two connectors PCI-Express (six pins). Identical to the GeForce 8800 GTX, the cooler here is dual slot with cooper base  copper and heat pipe .  The graphics chip  work @ 626 MHz (against 575 MHz : standard frequency) whereas Stream processors work @ 1458 MHz (default version has 1350 MHz ). The memory frequency is set 1000 MHz , a little more than the 900 MHz normally recommended by NVIDIA.

Card EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX ACS3 - 1

Card EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX ACS3 - 2
GeForce 8800 GTX  EVGA: e-GeForce 8800 GTX ACS 3 version

The card proposes two connectors DVI and a connector mini-DIN . We note that this card is not delivered with any game ! the GeForce 8800 GTX ACS3 is just delivered with driver CD , a manual without forgetting cables and other adapters.

Asus EN8800GTX Aquatank

Last January, Asus announced the GeForce 8800 GTX overclocked version : EN8800GTX Aquatank. This card as its clear from the name is water cooled , using in this case a water cooling system from ThermalTake.  First obvious problem: the unit does not occupy two slots but four slots in your case! With its green PCB (and not black like other card ), the card has two power connectors .

Card Asus EN8800GTX Aquatank - 1

Card Asus EN8800GTX Aquatank - 2
Asus EN8800 GTX Aquatank

The Core frequency is set to 630 MHz whereas the stream processors was @ 1458 MHz. The 768 Mb GDDR3 memory operate at 1030 MHz. The asus card offers two ports DVI and a connector minis-DVI . Let us finish by the bundle which contains, in addition to driver CD , manuals and other cables , the game Ghost Recon and software 3DMark 06 complete version.

To test the performances of both GeForce 8800 GTX overclocked and  GeForce 8800 Ultra, we used the following configuration :

  • Asus P5W-DH Deluxe - BIOS 1901,
  • Processor INTEL Core 2 X6800 Extreme - 2.93 GHz,
  • 2x 1 Gb memory DDR2 Corsair Twin2X 6400C3,
  • Hard disk Western DIGITAL Raptor 150 Gb Serial-ATA 150

Our test machine operated under Windows Vista Edition ultimate with the last driver and BIOS available to the test date   . For NVIDIA card we used the driver  ForceWare 158.18 and CATALYST 7.4 for ATI cards .

3DMark 06 - v1.1.0

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - 3DMark 06

We start our tests serie with 3DMark 06. First note , our two GeForce 8800 GTX are with equality whereas GeForce 8800 Ultra show a small advantage above these two cards. Compared with reference GeForce 8800 GTX , the GeForce 8800 Ultra is 9% faster . NVIDIA offers large performance the ATI X1950 XTX is slower by 87%.

Doom 3 - v1.3

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Doom 3

This game was always favorable to NVIDIA cards  , those being largely at the head. The GeForce 8800 Ultra is more than 2 time faster  than ATI Radeon X1950 XTX  in 2560x1600. We note here that the overclocked GeForce 8800 GTX are very close and display similar performances  to the GeForce 8800 Ultra. The GeForce 8800 GTX (reference )  is slower here by 10% than the ultra version.

Far Cry v1.4

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - FarCry 1.4

We passes to Far Cry now. This game was tested with patch 1.4, without HDR, this function refuse to work under Windows Vista. Here, again the GeForce 8 is largely in front of the ATI Radeon X1950 XTX  . the GeForce 8800 Ultra is 2% faster than the overclocked GeForce 8800 GTX  and vs GeForce 8800 GTX standard , the last NVIDIA card is 11% faster .



F.E.A.R. - v1.08

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - FEAR

F.E.A.R. confirms the preceding observations by classifying Asus GeForce 8800 GTX Aquatank with equality with the EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GTX and also with  GeForce 8800. If Ultra .We note that in 1920x1200, the GeForce 8800 Ultra is 8% faster than the reference GeForce 8800 GTX  , and 10% faster in 2560x1600. The GeForce 8800 ultra still twice faster than the Radeon X1950 XTX .

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory v1.05

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Splinter Concealment

The GeForce 8800 Ultra is in the first place in first being slightly faster than the overclocked GeForce 8800 GTX, whose performances are almost identical. The GeForce 8800 Ultra is 57% faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 and  12% faster than reference GeForce 8800 GTX  . The Radeon X1950 XTX remain twice slower ....

Half-Life 2 Lost Coast

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Half Life 2

The first position are always composed by  GeForce 8800 Ultra and the overclocked 8800 GTX. But here the EVGA card is slightly faster than the GeForce 8800 Ultra, about additional 2 fps . Compared with standard GeForce 8800 GTX, the  GeForce 8800 Ultra is only 5% faster . But vs Radeon X1950 XTX, the last card from NVIDIA is quite simply twice faster.

Call Of Dutty 2 - v1.3

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - COD2

For the first time Radeon X1950 XTX manages to do better than GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb and this in all Resolutions! But this is insufficient to reach the  GeForce 8800 Ultra level which remains 41% faster . We note that in 1920x1200, the overclocked cards are faster than the 8800 Ultra . the GeForce 8800 ultra is 45 % faster than the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb, and 9% faster than the standard GeForce 8800 GTX  .

Supreme Commander

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Supreme To order


Compared with GeForce 8800 GTS 640, the GeForce 8800 Ultra is 54% faster  whereas it is provide 84% higher performances than the ati Radeon X1950 XTX   .

Company Of Heroes - v1.05

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Company Off Heroes

Company Of Heroes was in favor of GeForce 8. the GeForce 8800 Ultra is once again at the head, with a small boost over our two overclocked GeForce 8800 GTX witch show identical performances .The  GeForce 8800 Ultra is 63% faster  than GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB and 86% faster than the Radeon X1950 XTX.

STALKER v1.0001

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - STALKER

Without surprise we finds at the head and with almost perfect equality our three  GeForce 8800 Ultra and overclocked GTX. Vs the basic GeForce 8800 GTX, these cards offer an average gain of 9% and 51% over the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb. The ATI Radeon X1950 XTX completely fail in this test…

Doom 3 - v1.3 - AA 4x

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - Doom 3 FSAA 4x

Here we activate anti-aliasing 4x . The GeForce 8800 Ultra preserve a very light boost over both  overclocked GeForce 8800 GTX from Asus and EVGA . Compared to GeForce standard 8800 GTX, the new  GeForce 8800 Ultra appears to be 12% faster.

Call Of Duty 2 - v1.3 - AA 4x & AF

Test NVIDIA Ultra GeForce 8800 - COD2AA

Here various filtering options was  activated , Call Off Duty 2 draws up a panorama rather similar to that observed until now about the performances of our cards. . This game was in favor of  Radeon X1950 XTX, in this test the ati card was able  to compete with GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb in the lowest Resolutions.

F.E.A.R. v1.08 - AA 4x - AF16x

Test NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra - FEAR - 4+16x

The activation of filtering options under F.E.A.R. hardly seems to limit NVIDIA  cards . Those are largely faster than Radeon X1950 XTX which was able to be as fast as a  GeForce 8800 GTS 640 in 2560x1600. In the highest Resolution, the 8800 Ultra  is 4% faster than our best 8800 GTX (Asus). Vs GeForce 8800 GTX, the ultra version is 18% faster .

Half Life 2 Lost Coast - AA4x - AF16x

Test NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra - Half Life 2 - AA+AF

The activation of anti-aliasing 4x and anisotropic filtering 16x in Half-Life 2 allow the Radeon X1950 XTX to catch the GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb, but this last still  33%  faster ..


NVIDIA Extremely powerful three cards was tested today . We note that the large delays with the release of R600 allow NVIDIA to get the hole high end video card category .

As for the new  GeForce 8800 Ultra  proposes to us today, its performances is slightly higher than our two overclocked models. Vs the standard GeForce 8800 GTX, the Ultra version is 9%  faster under 3DMark 06, which is not  exceptional. Then why NVIDIA does it launch this new card? Probably to increase its advantage over  the future R600 whose performances would not be able to worry current GeForce 8800 GTX. ....

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