For those of you who have followed our previous articles, NVIDIA has internally announced the GeForce 7800GS; a 16 pipe replacement for the GeForce 6800GT and 6800 Ultra. We recently got a chance to benchmark the card, and not surprisingly the performance is right between the GeForce 6800GS and GeForce 7800GT. However, what was perhaps most interesting about the card was that NVIDIA's current driver support; current drivers had no problem detecting the 7800GS in our test beds. The 7800GS uses the same 110nm G70 core as the GeForce 7800GT and 7800GTX.



The card we benchmarked came with a 375MHz core clock and a 1000MHz memory clock. Even with an entire quad disabled, our internal testing proved that the card was ample competition for ATI's X1800XL. Currently, we are working on enabling the disabled quad and/or overclocking the 7800GS up to 7800GT and GTX speeds. With a good price point, the GeForce 7800GS could easily become 2006's rendition of the Radeon X800GTO^2. A 16 pipe version of 7800GT would easily best a GeForce 6800GT or 6800 Ultra (at least on paper), but with current drivers we've already witnessed higher performance than that.



You may notice our first screenshot showed a total of 2 PCIe lanes. We are still working on this, and it looks like the screenshot only demonstrates an anomaly of the motherboard. Stay tuned for the full review within the next few days!

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  • coldpower27 - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link


    7800 GT 400/1000 20/7 MSRP 399US, dropped from 449US.
    7800 GS 375/1000 16/6 MSRP ???US
    6800 GS 425/1000 12/5 MSRP 249US

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  • CKDragon - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    As you said, those are the MSRPs, but you can regularly find:

    7800GT for $299
    6800GS for $199

    Personally, I'm still waiting on my $100 6600GT. Give it to us cheap people.
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  • Pythias - Friday, November 25, 2005 - link

    quote:

    Personally, I'm still waiting on my $100 6600GT. Give it to us cheap people.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82...">$99 6600GT with MIR. Enjoy! :)
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  • ksherman - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    this card is likely to be between $250 and 325 i think

    esp. with so many 7800GTs going for $320 these days!

    this might be my next upgrade! Is it just me, or are the nVidia cards super cool bargains this time around?
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  • CKDragon - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    It's hard to determine this market's 'bargain' because there hasn't been any real competition for the green team.

    They're certainly a better deal than ATI right now, but if ATI had similar products out we possibly see even better deals.
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  • CalvinHobbes - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Please, someone make an AGP version of this card. Reply
  • Jep4444 - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    this card isnt even fast enough to matter if there is an AGP version

    there are already cards on the market that are similar to this in performance and are available in AGP
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  • Phantronius - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Aint gonna happen bud, time to move on. Reply
  • Donegrim - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Iwant someone to come up with some kind of generic PCI-E to AGP bridge. Im sure it would be possible using the bridge chip both nvidia and ati supply. It probably wouldn't be small enough to fit in between the card and the agp slot, but perhaps a small physical adaptor could sit between the sockets, with some kind of ribbon cable taking the data to and from the bridge chip that sat in a pci slot somewhere. Maybe it's a long shot, but it would be nice for those people more than happy with their current motherboard but want better graphics. Reply
  • A554SS1N - Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - link

    Just a quick question, btw, will it have much lower power cosumpion at all? Disabling 4 pipes , and lowering core by only 25Mhz, might only add up to a few watts I assume, as everything else is the same (i.e. PCB, 110nm tech process, memory speeds)? Reply

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