We plugged the Sparkle 8800 GTS into the same quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme test rig that we used for the 8800 GTX review with the 96.89 drivers that came in the box. We also used the 97.02 drivers that Nvidia posted when the GeForce 8800 was launched but we were unable to see any significant difference between the two driver versions. Most of the 8800 GTS' 3DMark06 numbers with 97.02, for example, were merely a fraction of a percentage point higher or lower than the 96.89 results.
In 3DMark06, the performance gap between the GTX and GTS was 20 percent at low and medium resolution and climbed to 24 percent at high resolution. Add in 4x Anti Aliasing and 8x Anisotropic Filtering and the gap widened by another couple of percent, but all things considered the 8800 GTS performed very credibly.
Please, please, please could you stop to consider just how many red-green colour-blind people there are out there? Mine isn't severe, but there's just no way I can compare the silly little blobs of colour that are the "key" to the diagram with the chart above. I mean, what the hell is wrong with red, yellow, black and blue for crying out loud?!
A significant proportion (roughly 7%) of the male population and about 0.5% of the female population are colour-blind. Have a heart, please...
And go look at www.vischeck.com to see how your charts look to someone with red-green colour-blindness!