XFX launches GeForce 8800 GTX with 1GHz memory
Word got around before the GeForce 8800 launch that Nvidia wasn't authorizing its board partners to sell "factory-overclocked" versions of the graphics cards, and indeed, none of the cards out today skew from the reference speeds. However, XFX has apparently sweet-talked Nvidia into letting it sell a few GeForce 8800 cards with higher-than-normal core and memory clock speeds. XFX's new "XXX Edition" GeForce 8800 GTS goes up from the stock 500MHz core speed and 800MHz memory speed to 550MHz/900MHz, and the GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition is "overclocked" from the stock 575MHz/900MHz to a blistering 630MHz/1GHz. Pushing the faster card's memory speed up to 1GHz is a particularly bold move for XFX, since the card still packs good old-fashioned GDDR3 memory. The only other graphics card out today with 1GHz memory is ATI's Radeon X1950 XTX, which uses GDDR4 RAM.