Review: Really fast, but not cheap
We tested EVGA 8800 GTS SSC, one of the fastest G92-based cards money can buy. We are already used to seeing EVGA offer both reference clocked and overclocked versions, and their fastest cards always get a suffix SSC. SSC means Super Super Clocked; cool, isn’t it?
Geforce 8800 GTS SSC edition card runs at speeds far greater than reference, but it’s not different from reference cards in speed only. With this card you get a special gift – free Crysis game.
The core runs at 740MHz, compared to reference 650MHz, while Shaders got a boost from reference 1625 to 1835MHz. This Shader boost is accompanied by only 20MHz memory boost so now the memory runs at 990MHz. 512MB of GDDR3 of memory packs a 256-bit memory interface, so you won’t be seeing weird quantities of memory such as 320MB or 640MB (which are the courtesy of unusual 320-bit memory interfaces). Still, 512MB of memory should be enough for the most demanding of users.
EVGA 8800 GTS SSC card has PCI Express 2.0, HDCP, Pixel Shader 4.0 and DirectX 10, which includes basically everything you need for quality gaming on XP or Vista. This card has no DX 10.1 support, but for the time being – who needs it? If you’re planning on investing for the future, EVGA offers their Step Up program that enables you to return the card within 90 days and buy another card that might appear in the meantime. Of course, you will have to pay the difference.
The card has a default cooler with a quiet fan, and the card looks quite well made and strong, which means it will be your faithful companion for a long, long time.
The sticker on the box says Crysis inside, so those who haven’t yet had a chance to try this game out will be very pleased with this free addition.