small  XpertVision 8800GT Sonic w/ Thermalright HR 03GT

NVIDIA has been spoon feeding their partners in graphics accelerator design for a fair while. Today, we see how XpertVision breaks from the mold to offer their one-of-a-kind 8800GT. Includes a mini HR-03 GT review too!

Most of us have already seen the G92 8800GT offerings from various manufacturers. Maybe you have, like others, made the mad rush to grab one whilst stocks were low during initial launch. Regardless of maker, every 8800GT was always based on the reference PCB design from NVIDIA. We used “was” because XpertVision is just about to change that with the 8800GT Sonic.

The 8800GT arrived in a shiny box clearly stating the higher clockspeeds that XpertVision has programmed into the card at the factory. Opening the box yields a radically different looking card.

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Gone are the whining single-slot stock coolers and reference PCBs. In its place is a quieter 2-slot cooling solution, and a brand new in-house PCB design from XpertVision. Looks out of the world, don’t you agree?

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Just about as long as something else I measured for fun.

Basic Specifications

Model

8800GT 512MB (Reference)
XpertVision 8800GT Sonic Edition
Stream Processors
112
112
Pixel Processors

28

28

Vertex Processors

16

16

Fab Process
65nm
65nm
Core Clock (Mhz)
600
650
Shader Clock (Ghz)
1.5
1.62
Memory Clock (Mhz)
900 (1800DDR)
950 (1900DDR)
Memory Type
GDDR3
GDDR3
Memory Interface
256bit
256bit
Power Connector
One PCI-e 6-pin
One PCI-e 6-pin

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