Pros Has the best chipset(G80), really powerfull
Cons Hampered by less memory.
Summary This card offers the best value for money in the DirectX10 era.With G80 chipset in its heart, you can sure be future proof without having to sell an organ in order to buy this monster!The really sweet thing is that the chipset is same as the one in 640MB product i.e. same clock speed, same number of shaders etc.It can play all the current games at a resolution of 1600x1200 4x AA really well.It has boosted my aeging system's performance as well.
Pros Fast! Fast! Fast! I like to punish video cards. With this card I can run Maya, 3dS max, and a high end MMORPG all at the same time with ease
Cons It's big and hot. Managed to take up 3 slots in my pc. Also runs rather warm.
Summary 320mb ddr3 makes this card Lightning fast. Makes my old 7900GT (256mb ddr2) card seem like something out of a commodore 64. It runs both games and animation programs much better than other GeForce cards.
Before you take it out of the package make sure it will fit in your PC. It is both long and wide. When installing you should seriously consider upgrading your fans and power supply if needed. The box says you need 450w. My 500w power supply wasnt cutting it. Id say go for 550w-600w power supply.
"pretty good"on by boogernator
Pros $101 CAD (35$ US rebate), big difference between ATI Radeon X200
Cons Not good with DX10 games
Summary I would consider this a Budget card. I notice a big difference increase in my FPS in games between ATI Radeon X200 (integrated).
Pros Good Graphics, Les Noice, OCable.
Cons None In Particuar
Pros Supports Directx 10
Cons Poor performance on newer games/high game settings
Summary I recently purchased a gateway computer, quad core, 2 gig ram, with the geforce 8800GTS 320MB overclocked. Well it just don't cut it for the most part. 1280x1024 is not bad anything above this resolution slowdown is noticeable enough you will reduce the resolution.
World in Conflict is a new directx 10 game and one game I used test performace. Even at the lower res of 1280x1024 be prepared to turn many of the setting off and detail levels to medium or lower to experence a still choppy game. I've heard talk of is this card good enough to cut if for future gaming and the answer is no. World in Conflict is reviewed as awesome looking cool game, with the geforce 8800gts 320mb I don't even want to buy the game after running the demo on my computer and seeing how poorly the game runs with this card. Sure it is definitly a step up from what most people have and will offer better performance than lesser cards, but if your going to shell out $300 just shell out $500 and get the geforce GTX 756mb card or higher.
The geforece 8800gts 320mb is not a total waste, it makes many games very fun and playable at the lower resolutions. Forget about the 1600x1200 res unless you turn detail levels to low( who would want to do this?). I would recommend skiping over this card, because after you play any of the newer games your probably going to want to sell it and get the geforce 8800gtx or higher. I can live with it's average/good performance at lower resolutions and play the games be happy. But I want full detail settings without choppyness and slowdown, and this card will leave you wishing for more, unless you don't mind less than optimal perfomance in most games. I mean if your the person that looks at the glass half full instead of half empty you will be satisfied with the card probably. But a half full glass is half full it's just a fact.
Some very good games that will have lots of details will run poorly on this card with any of the higher setting like World in Conflict PC game. And if you are buying a higher end graphics card you want it for the higher settings on these good games. So I say skip the card if you can, but it will perform decent and 1280x1024 res on direct x9 games. Such as STALKER Shawdow of Chernobal it runs good at this setting with full detail, but at 1600x1200 slow down in any town or when mutliple actions on screen so I turned it back down to 1280x1024.
If you have an older graphics card you will be happy to be playing with a more capable card but if you can afford $300 card you probably could save a little longer and get the $500 card you will thank yourself later. Again if you don't mind medium graphics settings or lower on some games to high settings on some games at 1280x1024 res this card is not to bad. But on higher end games you will still have to turn many details off at this res to get decent frame rates and World in Conflict is still to choppy at this res and even with medium settings at this res it is choppy when many animations are present which is most of the time in this game.