Almost every GeForce 8800 GTX currently available is an identical copy of the NVIDIA reference design, generally differing only in the stickers that adorn their coolers and the color of their PCBs. PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX is no exception. One of the reasons for the reference design's mass adoption, besides to save on development costs, is that the reference design's cooler is effective and quiet enough for most applications. The 8800 GTX's monsterous GPU also runs far too hot for single slot or passive solutions to be viable.
PNY's version of the NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX reference design is a near exact replica. A side-by-side comparison reveals that they are identical and even the PCB's layout and color appears to be unchanged.
The PNY card's only visually differentiating feature are the stickers adorning its cooling apparatus. The cooling duct displays a large graphic of the highly stylized XLR8 logo which follows the same theme as the graphics found on the box the card is packaged in. The side of the cooler furthest away from the PCI-E slot also has a sticker on it. We thought that this was a nice touch since, unlike the main sticker on the face of the cooler, the sticker on the side would be clearly visible when installed inside a windowed case. Both the main and side stickers include "Overclocked" logos to remind you that your getting more than just a stock reference card replica when it comes to performance.
Since it is essentially the same as the reference design, it also suffers from the same problems. The massive 10.5" long PCB is connected to a large double height cooler and this means that some people may encounter space constraint issues when using smaller cases. This is especially true for desktop, cube and mini-tower cases. Chances are, you won't be able to fit this beast into your mini-ATX system. Make sure you have room in your chosen enclosure before you plunk down your cash for this or any other 8800 GTX/Ultra, or get a bigger case.
Like the reference design and most other 8800 GTXs, the PNY XLR8 has dual-link, HDCP compatible DVI ports for primary output as well as a VIVO S-video port that can be connected to an adapter that will allow it to also output video component cables. The card has dual SLI 'fingers' and it draws power from two 6-pin PCI Express power receptacles.