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NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX Graphics Card

Honestly, when we first tested 7800 GTX, it didn't really feel all that fast. But once we started testing the older cards, the performance differences were very obvious.

From what we have seen in the test results, there's absolutely no need for SLI configurations at the moment, especially when the fastest processor in the market, the AMD Athlon FX-57 can only go so fast. It's certainly not good enough to maximize the potential of a GeForce 7800 GTX SLI setup.

If you are absolutely sure you want the GeForce 7800 GTX, make sure you have nothing less than a high-end Athlon 64 or Pentium 4 system. Anything less will just waste the GeForce 7800 GTX's potential.

With the GeForce 7800 GTX, you can be almost certain that you can play any game, even with 4xAA and 16xAF enabled! Just leave those settings alone and get busy with your games!

As expected, the GeForce 7800 GTX runs pretty hot under heavy load, but the fan's noise level is quite acceptable. It's actually quieter than the fan in the GeForce 6800 series. It's also good to see that this card manages to get by with a single-slot cooler. Unfortunately, this card is longer than ever. It's almost as long as the width of most motherboards in the market!

Surprisingly, the overclockability of this card is pretty good. We normally don't expect to see new card display such overclockability. Then again, this is a specially-selected NVIDIA reference card. You can expect retail GeForce 7800 GTX cards to vary somewhat as far as overclockability is concerned. Even so, you needn't fret - unless you have a VERY fast processor, all that overclocking isn't going to make much of a difference in your gaming experience.

Other than the obvious performance boost, nothing much is really new in the GeForce 7800 GTX. Of course, it brings with it support for Transparency Adaptive Anti-Aliasing as well as PureVideo, including the new High-Definition Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing feature. But that's about it.

You have to be insane not to love this card, but you have to be insane to get this card as well! The price tag is nothing like anything we have ever seen before. We sure had a lot of fun with GeForce 7800 GTX, but the price tag is way beyond our means...

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Comprehensive Review


• G70

Manufacturing Process

• 0.11 Micron

Transistor Count

• 302 Million

DirectX Support



PCI Express

Vertex Pipelines


Vertex Shader Version


Pixel / Texture Pipelines

• 24 x 1

Pixel Shader Version

• 3.0

Core Speed

• 430 MHz

Fill Rate

• 10320 MTexels/s

Memory Bus Width


Memory Type


Memory Speed

• 600MHz (1.2GHz DDR)

Memory Bandwidth

• 38.40 GB/s


Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support
NVIDIA® CineFX™ 4.0 Engine
NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
NVIDIA® Intellisample™ 4.0 Technology
64-Bit Floating Point Texture Filtering and Blending
NVIDIA® PureVideo™ Technology
Adaptable Programmable Video Processor
High-Definition MPEG-2 and WMV Hardware Acceleration
Advanced Motion Adaptive De-Interlacing
Video Scaling and Filtering
Video Color Correction
Integrated HDTV Encoder
256-Bit Memory Interface
NVIDIA® UltraShadow™ II Technology
128-Bit Studio-Precision Computation
OpenGL® 2.0 Optimizations and Support
NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology


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