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Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512 graphics card

£224 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Asus

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

If you have £225 to spend, make your next graphics card the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512.

If you have £225 to spend, make your next graphics card the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512.

Once upon a time, every graphics card was adorned with a chip name and a model number. If the card appeared to belong to a particular family then, chances were, it really did. And if the model number was big then the card was fast. If the number was low then the speed was, erm, lower.

Unfortunately, nVidia has seen fit to run an army of cart-horses through this theory with the bizarre naming of its latest chip, the GeForce 8800 GTS 512.

You may remember that we've already seen a couple of the 8800 GTS chips – to be precise the 8800 GTS 320MB and 640MB versions.

This Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512, though, is no middle-of-the-range addition. Indeed, it's not even the same chip as with the other 8800 GTS cards – this one actually utilises the G92 chip that has already produced such fireworks in the form of the 8800 GT.

In essence, the 8800 GTS 512 is an enhanced version of the 8800 GT. Whereas the latter generally has a core clock speed of 600MHz, the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512 hits a sweet 650MHz. The memory clock speed is higher too – 970MHz (1.94GHz DDR effective) rather than 900MHz (1.8GHz DDR effective).

This results in a higher bandwidth figure of 62.1GBps over 57.6GBps. The memory interfaces are identical (256bit), but you do get a few more stream processors – 128 rather than 112 in the case of the 8800 GT.

What this amounts to is marginally more performance in the case of the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512. Testing over resolutions of 1,280x1,024 and 1,600x1,200, we found that the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512 was generally between 3-7fps ahead in a range of games (including World in Conflict, Company of Heroes and Fear).

This isn't a huge difference, but it could just add that extra dash of visual flair or smoother framerates at a crucial point. For the extra money, we suspect gamers will find the cost justified.

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Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Expert Verdict »
nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS 512
512MB GDDR3
650MHz Core Clock
970MHz Memory Clock
400MHz Ramdac
128 Stream Processors
PCI-E Interface
TV Out/Video In yes/no
DirectX 10.0
DVI
3-year warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

This is an excellent product. It's almost £40 more expensive than the 8800 GT, but the extra framerates may just about justify the cost. Basically, if you've got £190 to spend then make your purchase an 8800 GT. If you've got around £225 then you must go for the Asus GeForce 8800 GTS 512. It's really that simple!

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