Albatron 8800GT-512X Graphic Card Review

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The Albatron 8800GT-512X is finally here at goldfries, let’s see what this baby is capable of!

The Appearance

The Albatron 8800GT-512X looks pretty much like other 8800GT out there, it reminded me of XFX’s 8800GT too.

I like the low-profile heatsink of the 8800GT, the length of the card is just a little less than the ATI 2900XT cards.

Nothing fancy about this card. Note the “trademark” Albatron logo on the fan. Nice touch on that one!

The card comes with 2 DVI output and 1 S-video output. The heatsink is enclosed in a sleek looking black shell.

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The Bundle

– Power connector
– HDTV-out
– S-Video cable
– 2x DVI-VGA converter
– Composite TV Video Cable
– Installation guide & driver CD.

Card Details

Here’s a summarized detail of the card.

GPU 8800GT
GPU Code Name G92
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Bandwidth 256-bit
Memory Capacity 512MB
Core Clock 600
Memory Clock 900
Shader Clock 1500

More details at the official product page

Test Setup

The computer setup used for this review.

Processor Intel E2140 Overclocked @ 3.2ghz
RAM 2x 1GB Kingston DDR2 667 @ DDR2 800
Motherboard ASUS P5K-E
Cooler Xigmatek HDT-S963
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Operating System Windows XP (SP2)
Driver Version ForceWare Release 169 (Version: 169.21)

The Performance & Overclocking

The Albatron 8800GT-512X runs at 600Mhz core clock and 900Mhz memory clock. Shader clock is at 1500Mhz.

As usual – this baby will be subjected to some overclocking. I had a harder time overclocking the Albatron 8800GT-512X. Usually I’ll test all overclocking with 3DMark06 and after that, they usually past the rest of the test. Unfortunately in this case, it didn’t work quite well. I was able to pass 3DMark06 with more than 1000Mhz memory clock but it just refuses to work with F.E.A.R

After countless rebooting (yes, you know why……..) I eventually settled at 720Mhz core clock, 950Mhz memory clock and 1800Mhz shader clock. Pretty decent overclock here.

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Now, let’s have a look at the test results

3Dmark06

Default setting.

Core / Memory Score
600 / 900 10962
720 / 950 12135

Lost Planet : Extreme Condition

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Core / Memory Resolution Snow (Average) Cave (Average)
600 / 900 1680 x 946 25.1 35.6
720 / 950 1680 x 946 27.3 39.0

F.E.A.R.

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Core / Memory Resolution Average
600 / 900 1680 x 1050 68
720 / 950 1680 x 1050 76

Company Of Heroes : Opposing Fronts

Graphic Detail : Maximum

Core / Memory Resolution Average
600 / 900 1680 x 1050 41.1
720 / 950 1680 x 1050 54.3

The card runs at 53°C on idle and 80°C on load. When overclocked, the card idles at 53°C and 84°C on load. Readings were taken when ambient temperature was around 25°C.

I’d like to make a note that the above overclocked speed was done when the ambient temperature was around 21°C. At 25°C ambient temperature, the above overclock settings face stability issues. So yeah the card has potential, the limitation lies in the environment and cooling system.

This issue is confined to Albatron alone. If you check out the rest of the brands like XFX, ASUS, Leadtek and others, you’ll see that their heatsinks are practically the same.

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Conclusion

It’s a nice graphic card. A little on the hot side (8800GT cards are hot in general, regardless of what brand you’re using) so you should take a little more care on managing air-flow of the casing. 🙂

I’m pleased that the card performs well when it comes to computer gaming and it’s well worth the purchase, considering you’re getting a lot of framerates compared to cards that cost nearly double the price just a few months back.

The card retails at around RM 900. Stay tuned as there’s a new promotion from goldfries.com for this 8800GT. 🙂

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14 Comments


  1. No rating for this card?

  2. Author

    Oh, I’ve removed ratings from all hardware already. 🙂 It was a decision last month. Details are in the ABOUT page, however if anyone’s not clear on this they can always E-mail me. 🙂

  3. Nice card… Wish that I have money to buy it. 😀

  4. Author

    With the Chinese New Year around the corner, you’ll get $$$ to spend if you so happen to part of the many “red packet recipients” list.

  5. yalor CNY coming soon…

    am i in ur rep packet recipient list?

    can collect angpow from you ar? :p

  6. How much is this thing? where can i get this?

  7. Author

    It costs around RM 860. Could get it in various shops in Klang Valley. You can call NetRaid to find out more.

  8. Hey dude,
    i going to buy a pc with AMD Athlon X2 4800+ with 2 gb ram and plan to stress more on my gpu. Wanted to buy ATI HD3870 512mb. Do you think faster GPu need faster CPU too?? if yes than i would consider in purchasing higher CPU. I read your buying guide too.. And see that you dont stress on your CPU speed too..And by the way should i buy 3rd party power supply to be able the GPU works well?

  9. Author

    A better processor is always and advantage. However if you want games to run nicely, the emphasis should be on the GPU first, processor next.

    Of course it’s always best to get the best processor you can to pair with the GPU.

    A decent power supply would be good, not so much for your GPU to work well but rather for stable power for all your components.

  10. Now, it only cost less than RM800.. check out at Low Yat Plaza

  11. Author

    Yup, did you notice that goldfries.com promotion for the 8800GT is now at RM 799 with freebies? 🙂

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  13. DOES THIS SUPPORT OPENGL?

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