The Test Bed is shown below:

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Platform
Test Setup

CPU

Intel
Core 2 Duo Extreme Edition X6800

Motherboard

ASUS
P5N32-E SLI, NVIDIA 680i SLI Chipset

Memory

2
x 1GB GSkill F2-8000PHU2-2GBHZ DDR II set to run @ CL4-4-4-8, DDR2 1000MHz,
2T

Graphics
Card

Zotac
8800GTS 320MB

EVGA
8800GTS S-Clock 320MB

ASUS
EN8800GTS 640MB
Zotac 8800GTS 320MB SLI
ASUS
EN8800GTX
NVIDIA
7950GX2
ATi
X1950XTX

Cooling

Swiftech
Apogee GT Watercooling on CPU

Hard
Disk Drive

Seagate
80GB Barracuda SATA Hard Disk Drive

PSU

SilverStone
Zeus ST85ZF

Operating
System

Windows
XP Pro

* Drivers used for NVIDIA Cards are Forceware 97.92 for 8800 series and 93.71
for 7950GX2 *

* Drivers used for ATi 1950XTX is Catalyst 7.2 *

I pit the cards against each other, turning on Anisotropic Filtering to 16x
and High Quality Textures, but without Anti-Aliasing. In my opinion AF
does a lot more for image quality than AA.

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Same thing for ATi X1950XTX:

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All games were ran at maximum quality settings.

Before we get into the testing, let us compare the difference between the Zotac 8800GTS 320MB and EVGA 8800GTS 320MB SuperClocked. Now below, you see that the Zotac’s Core clock is at 567MHz, Shader at 1188MHz and Memory at 900MHz.

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On the other hand, EVGA 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked runs at 576MHz Core, 1350MHz Shader, and 837MHz Memory.

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So in conclusion, the Zotac Card is:

10MHz Slower in Core
162MHz Slower in Shader
But 63MHz Faster in Memory

It will thus be interesting to see which side would outweigh which when we look at the performance figures later. Now, since I have only one Zotac 8800GTS 320MB, in order to insert in SLI results, I put the EVGA 8800GTS 320MB Superclocked together with Zotac to run SLI:

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In this case with 2 different clocked cards, SLI actually runs both cards according to the primary output card’s BIOS, the Zotac. So SLI runs the 2 cards at 567MHz Core clock, 1188MHz Shader and 900MHz Memory. Just like the Zotac.