Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB graphics card

The world's smallest chainsaw strikes again

THE TEST RIGS HAVE been churning away in Damage Labs for days now, and your humble narrator is exhausted. The occasion that's prompted all of this activity? The release of a 320MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS. As you may know, the GeForce 8800 series first arrived in two flavors, the GTX version with 768MB of onboard memory and the GTS with 640MB. Neither card is what you'd call affordable, so Nvidia has fired up the favorite tool of chipmakers everywhere—the world's smallest chainsaw—and shaved off half of the GTS's memory in order to bring the price down. The result is the first DirectX 10-capable graphics card with a price tag of roughly three hundred bucks. 'taint cheap, but it may be the best value in the GeForce 8800 lineup. We have tested the GTS 320MB against a stack of competitors, as is our custom. Has the world's smallest chainsaw brought us another winner, or has it cut too deep this time? Let's take a look.
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