Who is doing what?
This is the first time we have ever seen a release with full retail cards coming out in days and not months (some retailers even already have stock and will be shipping orders today).
So with that said, we will have a quick look at what is on offer from some of nVidia's partners. First off the ranks we have BFG's offering which is giving us a bump up in speeds - 460MHz core and 1300MHz on the memory. As usual it looks like BFG is ready to come out hard with a pre-overclocked version of the 7800 GTX along with a lifetime warranty.
Next off the mark we have the Sparkle offering which is utilizing the default core and memory speed of 430MHz / 1200MHz.
MSI are also going to be utilizing the default clock speeds like the Sparkle.
XFX is going to be bumping up the specs utilizing a core of 450MHz and a memory speed of 1250MHz.
Chaintech will also be utilizing the default 430 / 1200 speeds as can be seen below.
At the moment we have don't know what the specs on the Gigabyte card are but you can see an image of it below with a very fancy looking box.
Albatron's offering is also utilizing the default core speeds.
We will begin to start seeing full retail versions come to our test bed over the next few weeks and hopefully we will see some of the pre-overclocked cards sooner then later to see where your hard earned dollars should go.
That concludes part one of our coverage on the 7800 GTX - Friday we will have part two online with our benchmark results and conclusion of the 302 million transistor beast.
We'll leave you a picture of this sexy looking character called "Mad Mod Mike" until then who we believe specializes in tweaking computers... (Ed. Note - errm, really?)