I have had this graphics card now for roughly two years. It has been able to run most games that have come out in those years on full settings, excluding very graphics hungry games like Crysis and Grid; but will still play them. The fact that it comes overclocked by BFG was a big selling point for me, as I knew if I tried to do it manually I would probably break it. However, there are some issues with this graphics card. The first fact is that it gets hot. Not ridiculously, but a lot of graphics cards at the same price have much better cooling systems. Number two is the installation of the card. It is very big, and therefore blocks up pci slots, so if you have lots of additional pci cards (for networking or for USB slots) you may be in trouble. With the £80 price tag I think you could easiley get better value for money if you look into it.
The 8800 GTS is a now a fairly dated graphics card, it was released by Nvidia back in 2007.
Back in 2007 I decided to build my own PC - as I like to play games and use 3d modelling programs It needed to be powerful and have a lot of graphical processing power under its hood.
After a lot of research in to graphics cards I realised that the choice would end up being from either ATI or Nvidia. I chose this card. There was no technical reason why I chose Nvidia over Radeon, but unlike ATI cards, I did understand the GeForce naming conventions.
Basically, the different cards are sorted in to 3 categories and the letters after the number signify which catergory that card belongs to. Below are the suffixes that belong to each one...
Mainstream - SE, LE, GS, GT
Performance - LE, GS, GSO, GT, GTS
Enthusiast - GS, GT, GTS, GTO, GTX, Ultra, GX2
So the 8800 GTS falls into the performance category. Being that this catergory isn't the "best" means it's also not extortionately priced.
I find that cards in the performance range of cards are the most reasonably priced for what they offer, and they can really hack some of the high-end graphical processes.
I bought my 8800 over two years ago now and it can still handle most of the current-gen games with their settings set to max. Occasionally I'll get some lag, but I'm unsure if that's the card or my, also now dated, duel core processors.
I tested out Crysis, a good game to benchmark graphics cards with, in order to see what the 8800's limitations were. Unfortunately it couldn't manage the highest settings, but the game still looked great and ran smoothly on the lower settings.
Looking at the card you'll notice how big it is. This thing takes up two slots at the back of the PC, one of the slots being a dedicated fan exhaust for the 8800 to keep it nice and cool while it works hard inside your case.
So, almost two and a half years in to owning this card and I can still say that I'm happy with it, It hasn't really faultered and has allowed me to keep on top of graphical updates.
Unfortunately I don't think this card will be able to stay on top of the latest games for much longer. I fear that with the coming of DirectX 11 and the games that will come with it, this card will struggle to render the highest settings as it has done for the current generation of graphics.
That said, this card still has a couple of years left in it and should be able to render most things that are thrown at it, just maybe not at their highest settings ;)
Today it seems like companies are releasing a bigger and better graphics card every single day. It can be very frustrating when you fork out lots of cash (around £450 to today's standard) for a top of the range graphics card. To be honest I really don't see the point in saving up that money a blowing it on that kind of graphics card when in the next week or so something better is going to be on the market and it leaves you wishing you would of waited. When I was looking for a graphics card over a year ago I decided it would be goo to go for a mid range gamers graphics card and I couldn't be happier with my choice. When this card first came out it was one of the best of its type. This card differs slightly to the stock one in how its built but the OC2 is exactly the same apart from its factory clocks are a little high. But that can soon be sorted by overclocking. Now i find that the best piece of software to do this on is rivatuner. When overclocking this card compared to the OC2 they both hit the same clocks so you may as well save a couple of quid and go for this one. Now this card was also one of the best cards of its type for overclocking, the core clock is 550Mhz and will go to 650Mhz and still be very stable. The card also kicks out a lot of heat but still keeps fairly cool. This card will even run all the direct x10 games comfortable, from my experience it easily runs crysis and GTA 4. Installation of this gpu is like any other, you simply slot it in with a little force behind it. The drivers and support for this card are brilliant. So far this card has preformed exactly how it should and way past that mark, i would definitely advise this card for someone who is looking.