XFX GeForce 8800GT Graphics Card 256MB PCI-E Dual DVI - £67.83 shipped - HotUKDeals
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Description
XFX GeForce 8800GT Graphics Card with 256MB memory and PCI-E with Dual DVI.

Features

NVIDIA unified architecture with GigaThread technology

NVIDIA Lumenex Engine

Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support

Dual 400MHz RAMDACs

Dual Link DVI

NVIDIA SLI Technology

PCI Express Support

16x Anti-aliasing

NVIDIA PureVideo Technology

OpenGL 2.0 Optimisations and Support

NVidia NView Multi-Display Technology



Specification:

Chipset nVidia GeForce 8800GT
Chip Clock 600MHz
Shader Clock 1500MHz
Memory (Maximum) 256MB 1400MHz DDR3
Memory Width 256bit
Video Card Bus Type PCI Express
Digital Port Dual DVI (with HDCP)
HDTV Out Port 1
S-Video Port 1
TV Out
Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows Vista
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#2
Credit to the original poster.....

This is just an update for this popular 8800GT 256MB - now at £67.83 delivered (£60.79 if you live near enough to collect).

This card has been mentioned a few times recently - now at it's cheapest price.

Must be one of the best bang for bucks video cards around - around £10 dearer than most 8600GT's !!!!

I have paid more than this for 8600GT's, 7800GT's, X1950's, even poor old X1650's (which is what "powers" my home PC).

Highly Recommended if you have a pci-e x16 slot, 400W+ quality psu and a 22" or smaller monitor.

BTW, couldn't give a monkeys if you vote hot or cold, this must be the cheapest 8800GT ever!
#3


Thanks, link updated, first post but thought it was a good deal and had to share.

BTW, this card will work fine with Windows XP, not just vista.
#4
Amazing price. Bought one last month. Install on XP was really simple and was recognised by Ubuntu.

Only down side is fan is permanently on.
#5
scotty2
Amazing price. Bought one last month. Install on XP was really simple and was recognised by Ubuntu.

Only down side is fan is permanently on.


Really noisy?
Can it be modded/checked with speedfan/rivatune etc.?

Thought XFX was a good reliable brand which didn't need aftermarket coolers!

The Powercolor X1650 pro in my current P.C is an example of aftermarket cooling needed, only 3 months old and the fan has seized up! Kept getting freezes/glitches in WoW, finally discovered the X1650 fan was totally seized and the heatsink actually burnt my finger!! Did my own custom fan upgrade, now quieter and much cooler as 3D games don't bomb out all the bl**dy time - not that I have time to play games of course!
#6
Very good price, it just keeps dropping doesn't it! I have a 512MB version and i really would suggest paying the extra for the extra memory, but for those that cant or dont want to you wont find better bang/buck than this card :)
#7
Bought this on release for around £100, very powerful card with my *tiny* 19" monitor! Crysis on high etcetcetc, go buy it now!
#8
Cheapest 512MB 8800GT cards are around the £100+ mark, £40 more for 256MB of DDR3??? Better to get 2 of these in SLI.......

(Unless you have large screens 22"+, then you might need 512MB cards).

This is the Alpha Dog Edition according to the specs and pic.

Compare prices:

Exactly same card at Scan £131.47

Similar card by Leadtek at Play.com £139.99
#9
How are these for O.C?

Heard XFX alpha dog cards are good clockers......
#10
Fan is noisier than I like. It is on the kids pc and is usually playing music so this drowns out the noise of the fan.

I think that the fan connector is 2 pins so no temperature control incorporated. This may limit what can be achieved with an aftermarket cooler (just guessing, have never tried such devices). Would be interested in knowing what options are possible for quieter cooling of this card.
#11
You can manually turn the fan down on all nvidia cards using the Nvidia control panel. My room gets really hot so personally i prefer it being cool to silent, but whatever floats your boat =)
#12
smurftech
Cheapest 512MB 8800GT cards are around the £100+ mark, £40 more for 256MB of DDR3??? Better to get 2 of these in SLI.......

(Unless you have large screens 22"+, then you might need 512MB cards).

This is the Alpha Dog Edition according to the specs and pic.

Compare prices:

Exactly same card at Scan £131.47

Similar card by Leadtek at Play.com £139.99



Quick point, im pretty sure that SLI only makes use of the effective graphics memory off ONE card, so sli two 256MB cards you still only get 256MB memory......hence why i still suggest buying a 512MB card.

An article maybe worth a read.....http://www.dansdata.com/slibox.htm

BFM
#13
SLi will only use the memory of one card.

Crazy price, though!
#14
i voted cold.

XFX cards always seem to be noisy and have fan control issues. the 256MB of memory seriously holds the gfx card back and savastore aren't to be trusted as i've been refused refunds for rubbish products in the past and they dont approve negative reviews on products.

two of these in SLI is a complete waste of time, SLI is a waste of time full stop. The 512GT is a MUCH better buy.
#15
Not bad at all for the money. Good for lower resolutions 1280x1024 and below.
#16
Good price even for 256mb. Personally if it was me I'd only go for 512mb. My old 7900gtx is 512mb.
#17
Other sites are also doing it around this price for example:; Tekshop247.com

p://www.tekshop247.com/pvt88puhf4-xfx-geforce-8800-gt-graphics-card-256mb-pcie-dual-dvi-p-23298.html
#18
Janesy B

two of these in SLI is a complete waste of time, SLI is a waste of time full stop.


Agreed - SLI is complete marketing rubbish - has been proven time and again to be nowhere near the sum of its parts.
#19
Superb at 1280x1024 with 256MB, I have one of these though rarely game. As for the fan, its adjustable under rivatuner/nvclock so no real issue.
#20
More memory in a card generally allows higher texture settings. Time was 256MB was all you needed, but games are becomming more demanding as technology progresses. This seems to be a perfectly adequate card for those looking for the most bang per buck so long as they are willing to use resolutions commonly found on 22" or less monitors and medium texture settings.

I have a 512MB version myself (a deal from Scan back in April) but then I like the highest texture settings - Mass Effect looks brilliant.
#21
What's the minimum PSU requirement for this card please?
#22
smurftech
Cheapest 512MB 8800GT cards are around the £100+ mark, £40 more for 256MB of DDR3??? Better to get 2 of these in SLI.......

(Unless you have large screens 22"+, then you might need 512MB cards).

This is the Alpha Dog Edition according to the specs and pic.

Compare prices:

Exactly same card at Scan £131.47

Similar card by Leadtek at Play.com £139.99


And SLI is a flawless piece of technology that works every time and provides twice the performance?
#23
JustExtreme
And SLI is a flawless piece of technology that works every time and provides twice the performance?


No but it will be better than one single 8800GT 512mb.
#24
Anyone who votes this as cold must be mad! if you're on a cheap budget (can't afford 512mb version) then this is a steal.

I have a 256Mb 7800GT which still plays nearly all of the latest games well on my PC, that card cost me £250 a couple of years ago and this 8800GT is much better at this price.
#25
Good deal but no the 512 version.
#26
I have an XFX 7800GT that I got 2.5ish years ago. I was in email communication with XFX support (when they didn't 'lose' my emails) concerning the fan issue. They were no help at all, and tried to have me doing all sorts of irrelevant things. Basically it is hard-wired to the power supply, with no speed correction at all.

The card has done really good service and runs Warcraft at native res on my 24" monitor at 30-60fps, except in huge raids, where I have to drop the settings. The fan noise, as the saying goes, does me 'ead in. It is one of those things that I really must fix very soon, and has been for 2+ years! I was disappointed to see that XFX are still doing their old tricks!
#27
I have this card in my Dell Inspiron (I upgraded the PSU though) played Crysis very well Medium to high settings. My only gribe is the fan on flat out all the time. If you are looking in this price range anywhy this has to be a good deal.
#28
I've currently got a Radeon X1300/X1550 (both are listed on my Device Manager screen, pretty certain its an X1300). I know graphics cards can be a little *****ly in deciding what PC they will run on and what they won't. So 2 questions:

1. Is it a significant upgrade from my existing card?

2. How do I tell that it will be compatible with my PC? And how easy is it to physically install? (technically 3 question)
#29
Podge
I've currently got a Radeon X1300/X1550 (both are listed on my Device Manager screen, pretty certain its an X1300). I know graphics cards can be a little *****ly in deciding what PC they will run on and what they won't. So 2 questions:

1. Is it a significant upgrade from my existing card?

2. How do I tell that it will be compatible with my PC? And how easy is it to physically install? (technically 3 question)


1. Absolutely massive increase over either an X1300 or X1550.

2. You need to know whether or not your motherboard has a PCI-E slot, have a look, take a picture and post it if you have to. You also need to check you have a free PCI-E connector on your PSU, or a free molex or two you can hook an adaptor up to.
#30
Minstadave
1. Absolutely massive increase over either an X1300 or X1550.

2. You need to know whether or not your motherboard has a PCI-E slot, have a look, take a picture and post it if you have to. You also need to check you have a free PCI-E connector on your PSU, or a free molex or two you can hook an adaptor up to.


So open my computer and poke around? Cool!

PCI slot is what RAM etc goes in isn't?
2 Likes #31
No a PCI slot isn't where the RAM goes:

http://www.minhembio.com/forum/uploads/monthly_12_2007/post-49845-1197285144.jpg

PCI-E slot is the black slot in the middle of the board above all the white slots (standard PCI).

The RAM is to the right of the CPU socket. (2 black, 2 blue)

You also need one of these to power the card:

http://www.techaddicts.net/reviews/tpower750/tp750w_2pcie.jpg

If your PSU doesn't have one of those, you can use one of these:

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/pciexpress.jpg

And you should probably check your PSU has enough power.
#32
Horrorwood
No but it will be better than one single 8800GT 512mb.


2 x 256 MB cards will not perform better than one 512MB card im afraid. At the end of the day it will only make use of any 256MB of memeory at any one time, hence it cannot cope with the high amounts of texture memory required by higher resolutions.

BFM
1 Like #33
Podge;2271934
I've currently got a Radeon X1300/X1550 (both are listed on my Device Manager screen, pretty certain its an X1300).
2. How do I tell that it will be compatible with my PC?

Be aware that it could be an AGP card too, in which case this would not be compatible with your motherboard.

Post your motherboard make & model number & I'll let you know if it's AGP or PCI-E. If it's a readymade system with 'unknown' motherboard, post the brand name & model number of the system.

Podge;2271934
And how easy is it to physically install?
If your motherboard has PCI-E, you have a good enough power supply (post make & model of this too) & you'll be going for this, I'll write up the entire procedure for you :thumbsup:. Apart from the physical install, it'll need driver download/uninstall/reinstall & testing.
#34
Cheers guys. Seems a bit of a do. I'm planning on buying a new PC in a year or so anyway, what with having more money than I used to, so I think I'll just wait it out instead.
#35
hmm nice price but 256mb just doesn't cut it anymore and 1400Mhz is very slow for GDDR3 nowadays.

It's going to hurt the performance in a slightly more demanding game at any resolution over 1280x1024.
#36
I think we all agree this is a great deal for those people (like me) with 19" or 17" monitors.

For the average gamer (not enthusiast), this card will do fine.

Don't forget this cards performance is between middle to top end......for £60.....

If you want the 512MB version you might have to pay twice as much!


This card is better than all these low/middle end cards at PC World:

HD2600 pro - £65
X1550 - £70
7600GT - £70
8600GT - £70
HD2600XT - £75
8500GT - £80 !!!
8800GS - £100
7800GS - £130
8600GTS - £130
X1650XT - £130 !!!
X1950pro - £150

Not that anyone would buy a card from there anyway, but just to compare prices..........
#37
256MB not enough? There is only Doom 3 and Crysis that I know of that actually use 512MB. Although I'm sure I will be corrected :)

If anyone is not so sure though, be aware that prices rarely go up. So if you miss this one, a better offer will always be along in a few weeks!
#38
Zad
256MB not enough? There is only Doom 3 and Crysis that I know of that actually use 512MB. Although I'm sure I will be corrected :)

If anyone is not so sure though, be aware that prices rarely go up. So if you miss this one, a better offer will always be along in a few weeks!


Memory uses depends on resolution and how much AA and AF you use so it varies. But for most recent games above 1280x1024 256MB will be limiting.
#39
smurftech
This card is better than all these low/middle end cards at PC World:

HD2600 pro - £65
X1550 - £70
7600GT - £70
8600GT - £70
HD2600XT - £75
8500GT - £80 !!!
8800GS - £100
7800GS - £130
8600GTS - £130
X1650XT - £130 !!!
X1950pro - £150

Not that anyone would buy a card from there anyway, but just to compare prices..........

Those prices are pretty handy for a price match otherwise useless.
#40
card arrived today,hoped for an improvement on my x1950xt and it was ,almost doubling fps on some games.

fan is like standing next to someone with an electric sander but it does keep things cool.

time to search for cheap heatsink.

ty to op

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