A little over a month and a half after the initial GeForce 7800 GTX launch, we are now looking at the next member of the 7800 family: the 7800 GT. Launching at Quakecon today, the slightly slower, slightly cheaper incarnation of the G70 will also usher in a restructuring in the prices of 6 series parts. The new card will spend some time trying to find its price niche, which will be something like $400 (although the NVIDIA MSRP is $449). Due to the price point and promised performance of this part, we can expect the GT to shake up the market a bit more than the ultra high end incarnation of the G70.

With the 6800 Ultra still a little overpriced at between four and five hundred USD, the introduction of the 7800 GT will either push the 6800 Ultra way down in price or out of the market. With the line of G70 parts, we don't see a fundamental feature set expansion from the previous 6 Series parts. Moving from the GeForce 4 to the FX series, DX9 was first introduced, and the 6 Series brought SM 3.0 real programmable shader performance and native PCI Express. Without offering extremely compelling new features, the spotlight will shift to pure performance, cost, and power/heat. Rounding out the high end, the 7800 GT fills in the performance gap between the 7800 GTX and the 6800 Ultra.

In our minds, there is really no reason for NVIDIA to release any more consumer desktop parts based on G70 when the NV4x series takes care of the rest of the line-up very well. Perhaps it would be possible to release a faster passively cooled card based on a very low clock speed part with more pipelines than the current low end for the Home Theater PC (HTPC) crowd who demand silence along side performance. Other than that, the mobile space is the only other segment that we see really yearning for G70 power. Until performance is increased beyond the 7800 GTX, it will be hard for us to see a reason for a new desktop 7 series part.

Time will tell if our prediction is correct. For now, we are interested in finding out if the 7800 GT is worth the money. Is the performance of the 7800 GTX enough to warrant the price difference, or should we all just be looking at the GT instead? Will the 6800 Ultra be cannibalized by the 7800 GT?

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  • bob661 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link


    They have, just not for BF2.

    Damn it! That's the only bench (besides UT2004) that I care about. :)
  • bob661 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    Thanks guys for the updates!!!
  • So - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    For those of us who would like to get a better idea of how the 7800GT compares to the 6xxx generation of cards, might you guys consider throwing 6800GT/Ultra (non SLI, preferably) numbers on the benchmarks for comparison?
  • bob661 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    I don't if this is part of the problem, but like the others said, could you guys add in some 6800 series benchmarks so we can compare?
  • JoshVenning - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    Hi all,

    Sorry guys, we're having problems with the site. The article should be up and fixed in about 15 minutes. Thanks for letting us know about the problem
  • Lonyo - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    Oh, I see, it's all pages except BF2. How STUPID.
  • neogodless - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    I'm sure everyone contributing comments has

    1) never made a mistake
    2) never had a computer problem
    3) enjoys being degraded
  • Staples - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    First off, lots of graphs are not loading.

    Second, use some common sense. I am upgrading, not downgrading. I want to see what performance I will get over my 6800GT, not how much less I will get than the $600 GTX.
  • Anton74 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    And now, for some common sense. :]

    If you're a 6800GT owner, *and* looking to upgrade that still not-so-cheap and capable beast, you're not so much worried about the money as most people are, but you'll be very interested in performance.

    So, wouldn't you want to know if you should spend ~$450 for a more modest upgrade (compared to that 6800GT), or ~$550 for the most performance you could get without going SLI?? If the ~$100 difference is a very big deal to you, you wouldn't be looking to upgrade your 6800GT. (And yes, I know these prices fluctuate, and may each be more or less, but the point is still valid.)

    Not including its direct sibbling in the benchmarks, the GTX, now that would have been lack of common sense. Honestly.
  • Staples - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link


    Thanks for adding them. Without them the benches were almost worthless.

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