We've poked fun at XFX's "XXX Edition" cards on more than one occasion, but we have a decidedly more conservative GeForce 8800 GTX in today's round-up. This particular model runs at stock clock speeds and sits at the bottom of XFX's GTX range, just below Extreme and XXX versions that boast faster core and memory clocks. All three flavors feature the same G80 GPU, board design, and Nvidia cooler, though, and you're free to overclock this stock version on your own. We certainly did, and with impressive results.
You've seen essentially the same 8800 GTX card four times now, and with the exception of EVGA's fancy ACS³ aluminum shroud, not much as changed other than the sticker on the heatsink.
XFX's artistic statement features some sort of armored wolfman. Or maybe it's just a wolf, minus the man—vents on the cooler make it hard to tell one way or another.
Like all the others in this round-up, the XFX card's back plate has a classy pewter finish that's a pleasant departure from the boring black and silver, and gaudy gold, that dominate the PC world.
After seeing a game controller bundled with Foxconn's GTS, I almost expected one to appear in the XFX GeForce 8800 GTX's box. After all, it was a bundled game controller that won us over when we compared XFX's GeForce 7800 GTX Overclocked with a couple of other 7800 GTXs a year and a half ago. Sadly, though, XFX doesn't offer many extras with its standard GeForce 8800 GTX. You do get a couple of DVI-to-VGA adapters, a component output dongle, and an S-Video cable, but there are no PCIe power adapters in the box. Since the GeForce 8800 GTX has two six-pin PCIe power plugs, you'll want to make sure your power supply has enough connectors or pick up some power adapters on your own.
A plain driver CD rounds out the card's bundle in unspectacular fashion, but XFX does have an ace up its sleeve. While BFG, EVGA, and OCZ boast lifetime warranties, XFX offers what it calls a "double lifetime" warranty on its GeForce 8800 GTX. Double lifetime coverage doesn't actually last two lifetimes; instead, it covers the second owner of the card, should it ever be resold. Registration is necessary for the card's original and second owners, but that's a small price to pay for what continued warranty coverage can add to the card's resale value down the road.
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