Nvidia 8800GTX Is Really Really Good; ATI Playing Catch-Up Again.

Can you judge someone by the size of their GPU’s heatsink-and-fan assembly? Because, wow, this thing is huge. Shiny, black and pretty, but huge. Regardless, I guess it’s so big on the upcoming top-shelf 768MB Nvidia 8800GTX because the card is just that powerful. DailyTech got its grubby, benchmarking hands on the card and roughed it up a bit using Half Life 2: Lost Coast, Quake 4, Prey and 3DMark06 for benchmarking. The card—backed up by 2GB of memory, a 10,000rpm Raptor drive and an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor—made ATI’s current performance champ, the Radeon X1950 XTX, look like a chump, beating it handily on all the tests.

A few other fun facts about the card: It requires two PCI Express power connectors, occupies two expansion slots and features two SLI bridge clip connectors, which the site speculates will allow builders to install three of these cards in one system.

NVIDIA “G80” GeForce 8800GTX Performance Explored [daily tech]