Foxconn NVIDIA 8800 GTX Graphics Card Review

Posted: Dec 29 2006, 12:00am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 9:04am CDT, in Reviews | Computer Hardware

 
Foxconn NVIDIA 8800 GTX Graphics Card Review
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Benchmarks

As with the other coverage I have been doing on the beastly NVIDIA 8800 GTX cards, I won’t go into tons of detail today on the feature set of the Foxconn 8800 GTX. This card has the same exact features of every other 8800 GTX on the market and the same reference clocks of 575 MHz on the core and 1800 MHz on the memory. The sample I was sent doesn’t have the optional blue LED lights, which is fine with me.

Foxconn 8800 GTX Box

The thing that is different with the Foxconn 8800 GTX is the bundle. Most of the 8800 GTX cards don’t include anything with them as far as extras or software. Foxconn includes a nice USB game pad, VirtualDrive v10 and RestoreIT v7.0. The addition of a USB game pad was a nice touch as was the other software, but I would rather see a nice current game title included in the bundle, but that is nit picky considering none of the other 8800 GTX cards I have reviewed to date include anything in the bundle much less three items.

Foxconn 8800 GTX Bundle

Now we will get into the card performance using the same benchmark suite that I have used for the other 8800 GTX cards I have reviewed. I will be using 3DMark06, FEAR, Battlefield 2142, and Oblivion. The first test up is 3DMark06 at the default settings in 3DMark and the default settings in the NVIDIA control panel. The 3DMark06 results are as follows.

  • 3DMarks- 10,665
  • SM2.0- 4850
  • HDR/SM3.0- 4922
  • CPU- 2482
  • Return to Proxycon- 40.487
  • Firefly Forest- 40.350
  • Canyon Flight- 45.412
  • Deep Freeze- 53.025
  • CPU1- 0.792
  • CPU2- 1.244

To compare the XFX 8800 GTX that I review scored 10,355 3DMarks on the same system but using an abit AW9D-Max mainboard. The next test up was with FEAR. For testing FEAR on the high-end 8800 GTX I turned all in game settings up to max and a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200. Settings in the NVIDIA control panel were left at default. The frame rate results were as follows:

  • Min- 36
  • Avg- 61
  • Max- 112

The percentages always give me a better idea of how the card performed than the straight frame rate data does. The frame rate never dropped below 25 fps, only 11% of the time was the frame rate between 25 and 40 fps and a full 89% of the time frame rates were greater than 40 fps. The Foxconn 8800 GTX is right on par with the other 8800 GTX cards from XFX that are stock clocked.

Foxconn 8800 GTX Card Shot

Foxconn 8800 GTX Graphics Card

The next test was with Battlefield 2142 and since BF2142 doesn’t have an in game test loop like FEAR I used FRAPS to get frame rate data from the Fall of Berlin map. I had all settings in game turned to max levels and a screen resolution of 1920x1200. All settings in the NVIDIA control panel were left at default settings. The frame rate data was as follows.

  • Min- 85
  • Avg- 95.93
  • Max- 101

As expected the Foxconn 8800 GTX performed very well on BF2142. I keep saying this, but BF2142 looks like a different game when you run it on a fast card with all the bells and whistles turned on. The final test I performed was with Oblivion. I prefer to test in an outdoor setting near the water where I get the moving clouds, trees, water and people all in the same scene. Setting wise for Oblivion I turned all up to max save for AF as it doesn’t work with HDR. I then went into the NVIDIA control panel and turned on 16x AA and 16xQ AF allowing me to have both HDR and AF at the same time with a 1920 x 1200 screen resolution. I recorded the frame rate data with Fraps as it is listed below.

  • Min- 19
  • Avg- 57.6
  • Max- 64

Overall I am very happy with the performance of the Foxconn 8800 GTX graphics card. It performs every bit as well as the 8800 GTX from XFX, which is to be expected since the cards are virtually identical. What does set the Foxconn 8800 GTX apart from the competition is the inclusion of a decent bundle including utilities and a nice USB game pad.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros
  • Nice software and game pad bundle included.

Cons
  • Expensive

Verdict
The Foxconn 8800 GTX is a fantastic performing graphics card that includes a nice game bundle setting it apart for the competition. The Foxconn 8800 GTX will give your gaming machine fantastic performance that can only be matched by a pair of 8800 GTX cards or the XFX XXX version.
9.5
10
 
 

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