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nVidia's next big thing - GeForce 7800 GTX (Part 2 - Performance Comparisons) - Final Thoughts

With the NDA being lifted just over 24 hours ago and our GeForce 7800 GTX sample reference cards rocking up just as we predicted, we are going to have a look into the second part of our article in regards to performance. We will have a quick look at our test system setup along with our general feelings on the new GPU.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 23, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

We honestly feel we could end this conclusion with a "Thanks for reading" sentence as the results do speak for themselves, very clearly. If you haven't made up your mind on nVidia's GeForce 7800 GTX yet, hit the back button a few times, and look at the benchmark results again. This is an absolute powerhouse of a graphics card and the hype was well and truly deserved.

 

An SLI solution for the 7800 GTX is going to be deemed by many as unnecessary and we won't deny that...but who doesn't want two of these cards in their system and with the launch price of these cards, we really have very little to complain about. Usually we see launch prices around $799 USD but at $599 USD per card, it's more on the affordable side of expensive - if that makes sense.

 

While it tears us apart to not recommend these cards to everyone, you would be doing nothing but wasting your money if you have a monitor that can handle only 1024 x 768 as these cards just aren't designed for that. The next generation graphics cards require next generation monitors and with that said to get the maximum use of these cards you want to be looking at an absolute minimum resolution of 1280 x 1024 with quality settings turned up. People running widescreen LCDs supporting 1920 x 1200 are going to be looking at cards like this because with AA and AF being able to be increased with such ease, they are really going to be getting the absolute best gaming experience.

 

With all this said, we give the GeForce 7800 GTX our seal of approval but right now only for single card setup because as much as we love SLI (and we do love SLI) we just feel that unless you're pumping out uber high resolutions with super high quality settings, you just aren't going to get full use of 7800 GTX in SLI - at least not until next generation games come out which push the GPU harder than current games on the market.

 

nVidia has done an excellent job with the G70 and while the people who are sitting on the fence continue to say, "I'm going to wait for ATI's R520...", you can know that for those people who have purchased GeForce 7800 GTX are going to be getting the best PC gaming experience for the next two months at least.

 

Let's wait and see what ATI can come up with in response to the green team's superb efforts later in the year.

 

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