Introduction

A little over a week ago we received an email from someone claiming to have a GeForce 7800GS. After checking out the card and the emails from NVIDIA confirming that this was in fact a GeForce 7800GS, we knew we had something special on our hands. Today we bring you an engineering prototype that only exists inside NVIDIA, but roadmaps and driver sets indicate this card is the eventual GeForce 6800GT replacement.



We have heard that this part was in the works over at NVIDIA, but we haven't yet heard when this product will be making its way out into the world. Apparently there are board floating around, and since we were lucky enough to get our hands on one we decided to put it through some performance tests and see what it could do. From what we have seen on roadmaps, the performance of the 7800 GS should fall between that of the 6800 GS and the 7800 GT.

Not knowing when this part will actually arrive, or how close to final this part is, means that we could see some small revisions in the card between now and release. Clock speed could change a little bit, but we don't see pipeline configuration changing. If total performance is anything like this in the retail product, we will be quite interested in this part when it is released to the public.

The Card
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  • bersl2 - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - link

    quote:

    I keep voting for boxplots but there's still some debate about whether teaching our readers about statistical analysis is a good idea :-)


    "A good idea"? Do you mean "a waste of time"? Something else?

    I suppose "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing" could potentially apply in this case.
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  • KristopherKubicki - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    quote:

    Graphs of instantaneous framerates over time is next to useless in our opinion.


    Well.. not entirely. Boxplots are definitely very good though.

    Kristopher
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  • shabby - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Min/avg/max fps would be ideal imo. Reply
  • neogodless - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    My only complaint about graphs like these, against cards like these, is that it makes a part like the 7800GS seem downright midrange and mainstream... and I guess for those enthusiast about games with their budget shifted towards the video card, that is probably realistic. But I guess I'd like to see graphs that better reflect at least what is actually out there being used by gamers today ... i.e. if most of us have 6600GTs, then it would be a good comparison point! Reply
  • ksherman - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Im one of those 6600GT owners! but it seems that the 7800 GT might still be a better value IMO... but what about unlocking pipelines and overclocking?!?!?!?! Reply
  • huges84 - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - link

    I have to agree. Especially since this part is more of a value card instead of a high end card, a 6600GT would be much appreciated in these benchmarks. Reply
  • coldpower27 - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    If my guess is correct on the MSRP, likely 299US to replace the current MSRP 299US 6800 GT. This product does look good. If the price is right on this product, it could be quite the competitor. Reply
  • gibhunter - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    So basically, Anand Tech is reduced now to NVidia's marketing arm of gauging public interest in a new card. Nice "leaked" card from "unknown" sources...my ass. Let's not kid ourselves, we're not that stupid. Reply
  • bob661 - Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - link

    quote:

    Let's not kid ourselves, we're not that stupid
    How about you speaking for yourself? I, for one, like to see articles such as these. And I have a friend that would be pretty interested in this card seeing the light of day.
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  • Cybercat - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    grow up gib. Why don't you take this for what it is without inserting your own farfetched assumptions. Reply

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