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Review: eVGA 8800 Ultra Superclocked

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 12 June 2007, 00:53

Tags: EVGA 8800 , EVGA

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Card appearance

The eVGA e-GeForce 8800 Ultra Superclocked 768MB looks almost exactly like the reference board we took a look at back at the start of May.

That means it has an imposing black cooler with the fan slung out over the edge of the PCB to get better purchase on free air.

It takes up two slots and requires customers to accommodate in their PC cases a card that's 10.5in long.

If you were to take the cooler off, what would be exposed are the same Samsung K4J52324QE-BJ08 DRAM devices connected to G80's 384-bit memory bus. Being Superclocked, though, eVGA is running them at 1125MHz - or 2250MHz effective because of DDR. That's up from 2160MHz on the reference Ultra.

The result is a theoretical 108GB/sec of raw memory bandwidth available for the GPU to make use of. While the measured streaming bandwidth out of the card's memory won't hit that peak, what's available will reduce the likelihood of you're becoming memory-bandwidth limited.

Like the GeForce 8800 GTX, the Ultra needs two six-pin power connectors but the hardware supports SLI if you fancy running two Ultras in tandem. The DVI outputs are both dual-link and one output of each link can handle HDCP for copy-protected content. That limitation is a bit of a shame given the card's hefty price-tag.

eVGA has put its faith in the stock cooler but that's perhaps no surprise - it's is one of the best ever attached as original equipment to a graphics product and is quiet even when running 3D applications at high GPU occupancy.

Enhanced performance comes from clock boosts of 655/1660/1125 (base/shader/mem) versus the standard 612/1500/1080 clocks outlined here. On paper, that's a raw increase for the main clock domains of 7%/11%/4% and they're not to be sniffed at when an Ultra is already so very fast.

Let's take a look at board packaging and the bundle to see if the extras appeal.