We were able to get our hands on the first 7800GTX that we've seen with a custom cooling solution, so instead of the XFX 7800 (which really is next on our list this time), we bring you our review of the EVGA e-GeForce 7800GTX KO. We've already looked at an EVGA card in this series (EVGA e-GeForce GTX), and if you've been reading our past articles, you know that we've chosen it as our top pick each time.

The previous EVGA 7800GTX that we tested comes factory overclocked, with a core clock of 450MHz and memory clock of 1.2GHz, yet it would seem that EVGA was not content to stop there. The EVGA e-GeForce GTX KO comes out of the box with a core clock setting of 490MHz and memory clock of 1.3GHz. It also sports a modified heat sink and a new look, a first for our 7800 series. We're excited to see how this card performs and overclocks compared to the other 7800s. It's safe to say that it should outperform the 7800s that we've reviewed so far, but we'll be seeing by how much in the performance section later on.

We'll also be talking a little more about the prices and warranties of these parts, which contribute partly to the overall value. One thing worth mentioning early on is that the older EVGA e-GeForce 7800GTX bundled with Battlefield 2 is back down in price to $500 at the time of this writing. It also looks as though EVGA's new lifetime warranty policy could give it an edge over the other vendors right now. We'll take a closer look at all of the prices and the warranties at the end of the review, but it's looking pretty good for EVGA right now.

Rest assured, we will be giving this card a very thorough testing, with benchmarks in Battlefield 2, Doom 3 and Half-Life 2, as well as power load and heat level tests. We mentioned in our first EVGA review that we had been looking forward to getting our hands on this card, and we aren't disappointed. So, let's get started and take a look at the EVGA e-GeForce 7800GTX KO.

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  • rqle - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    I actually enjoy editors views on different issue, doesnt really bother me if it left or right or if i agree or disagree. It seems to make the website more of a discussion and community base site then a boring TECH newspapers. Same way i enjoy Anand blog, his views and how he sees things makes this site a whole lot friendlier . I'll admit, he does avoid certain 'heated' issue or doesnt want to be bother with them and i respect that. If plain tech info is all i want, i would be reading the manufacture website and graphs which get quite boring. Ill have to admit i do think the added heatsink(workable or not) and warranty does make it worth while. Probably going to end up disagreeing with Kyle, to me doesnt make him less of a person. I actually thinks it neat that he does express issue like this big or small. Reply
  • RaistlinZ - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    How can you say buying this card is not in your best interest? For those that want BF2 it's a decent buy, and the performance speaks for itself.

    These would make a good choice if you plan on running in SLI since you're GUARANTEED that you'll get 490core/1300mem out of the box.
  • SpaceRanger - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    You're paying extra and NOT getting BF2... This card sells for 60 bucks more, and all you get is a metal box around an old heatsink design, and no BF2.. Reply
  • SpaceRanger - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    Ohh. Sorry.. unless you have an extra $112 to burn, get the KO BF2 bundle;..

    BF2 costs 112 bucks?? I doubt it..
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    You forgot to count the premium they charge for the highest clock speed we've tested yet. Out of the box this is the fastest 7800 GTX we've seen. XFX has a card clocked similarly which we will be testing soon.

    The EVGA KO with BF2 is now listed as">$599 on our pricing engine. The 450/1.2 clocked EVGA with BF2 comes in at $529 making the overclock a $70 cost. Of course $540 could get yout the KO without BF2 now which is only $40 more than the 450/1.2 EVGA.

    It's amazing how much prices can change in a day.

    Anyway, RAM sinks on the back and a heatsink on the back of the GPU really do seem to make a difference in our overclock tests even if the HSF solution isn't revolutionary as a whole. At least EVGA is doing something different. And as someone who is constantly swapping cards, the fact that the entire pcb is protected is quite an advantage.

    In the end it's up to the buyer. But our numbers show the performance advantages (both out of the box and in overclocking). Take it or leave it.
  • bob661 - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link


    The EVGA KO with BF2 is now listed as $599 on our pricing engine.

    You can get it at Monarch for $560 and on ZZF for $579. So I don't understand the price issue here.
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    you're looking at the wrong product ... you can't find the KO with BF2 for less than 600 ... if you want the KO without BF2 its available for as low as 540 ... Those are the prices at Monarch. ZipZoomFly is more expensive ... I don't know what's up with your price info, but make sure you are looking at the KO version. Reply
  • SpaceRanger - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link">Link to HardOCP's calling out against EVGA.. It's down a bit in the news archive but its there. Reply
  • SignalPST - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    Does the EVGA e-GeForce 7800GTX KO come with Dual-Link DVI ports? Reply
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    As we've said before, we haven't found a 7800 GTX card without a dual-link DVI chip.

    We'll keep you guys posted if we find one without this feature.

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