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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  • Lifted - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    One of my EVGA 6800GT cards died in 2 months. I had a SLI setup, no more. I'm batting 50/50 with EVGA. You can take your chances with them, not me. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, uh... err... you won't fool me again! Reply
  • fishbits - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    Which video card company can we buy from then in which no one has ever had a card go bad? With our combined experiences if we follow that anecdotal standard, I imagine we'll quickly rule out every manufacturer.

    Granted if I bought a particular brand of card and it went bad, I might personally go with another brand the next time out. But I wouldn't pretend that an isolated incident reflected on everything they have made and ever will, then start claiming that I was "fooled" on forums. As tight as margins are in this business, any manufacturer who truly shipped out junk would be out of business in no time.
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    With their new lifetime warranty you don't have to worry about that anymore.

    Sorry for your loss however ...
  • swatX - Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - link

    wow thats really a nice heatsink. good job eVGA but i would get the reference design card. saves me 100+ bucks

    oh and first post ;)

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