quote:We will take a further look into performance with the BFG and EVGA versions of the 7800 GS if there is any interest
quote:Someone from AT should probably say this, but perhaps they think it's obvious:
This article is about the launch of the NVidia GeForce 7800GS GPU. It is NOT about a particular vendor's board. Vendor boards are tested in vendor roundups or occaisionally individual board reviews.
While I agree it would have been *interesting* to see the vendor cards tested at their shipping clock speeds, that is really for another article. A GPU launch article should test either reference hardware or vendor hardware set to reference clocks, and this article does exactly that. Period. Quit complaining.
People should also keep in mind that neither AT nor most other sites re-run every benchmark on every card for every test. They test the new card on their standard hardware platform using current benchmarks, and then use benchmark numbers for other cards from recent tests. Older cards were last tested on an older platform using older benchmarks, so no comparable benchmark numbers are available.
AT isn't going to re-benchmark a pile of older cards unless doing so is the POINT of the article. This article, again, is about the launch of a new GPU, not a 'Mid-range to High-end AGP Comparo' or '7800GS Vendor Roundup'.
quote:We've got full retail boxes from both BFG and EVGA.
For the purposes of these tests, we underclocked a card to the minimum speed NVIDIA is endorsing.
quote:The point is that it's about users who still use up-to-date AGP systems
quote:The cost of keeping up with the pace of technology is certainly steep, so upgrade cycles for some people stretch quite a bit longer than others.
quote:Certainly getting parts out to physical locations anywhere near a lunch is a great thing