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?

The Card, Specs and Test
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  • Lonyo - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    The Doom 3 benchmarks seem to be 100% absent. The page is there, text is there, but no graphs.
  • neogodless - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    ... the rest of the article. Besides the missing pages, the bottom half of the second page seems to be cut off.

    But... we know how frustrating being on that end of these problems can be. I wish you the best of luck in getting it fixed while still having a full head of hair (assuming you started with one!)
  • neogodless - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    The test setup is still missing...
  • nastyemu25 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    hi wut
  • ss284 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    Has there recently been a problem with article posting? Ive noticed it more and more on anandtech; are these pages uploaded one at a time?
  • nastyemu25 - Thursday, August 11, 2005 - link

    more importantly, if they're uploaded one at a time then the why don't the work from the last page to the first.
  • JarredWalton - Friday, August 12, 2005 - link

    The document posting engine isn't designed to be posted last to first. Normally, articles are uploaded and then activated. Some times a mistake is made where an article goes "live" before all the pages have been uploaded.

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