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NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX 512

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Reaper_Unreal 14th November 2005, 15:07 Quote
Wow! I absolutely MUST have one of those. Shame about the HD failure though, would've liked to see the NFS:Underground 2 (or now that the NFS:Most Wanted PC Demo is out that one) settings. But still, seems like fairly decent value. I won't be selling me X850XTPE just yet, but it's still fantastic to see something that fast.
PA!N 14th November 2005, 15:13 Quote
Ohhh baby, that card is f****** evil, I love it!
Ab$olut 14th November 2005, 15:13 Quote
Looks sweeeet :D can't wait till these babies get to affordable prices :D
silent_project 14th November 2005, 15:13 Quote
WOW! Its a good thing i have decided to wait on buying a video card, it'll be interesting to see what US availability and pricing will do , as well as see what sort of hit the other cards on the market take. I am amazed by the brute force power of that monster...sweeet!
Highland3r 14th November 2005, 15:20 Quote
Any chance you can test the headroom in the card overclocking wise?
Can you confirm that its running 1.1ns ddr? And finally (lol) how much hotter does the card run that the standard GTX?
Tim S 14th November 2005, 15:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Reaper_Unreal
Shame about the HD failure though, would've liked to see the NFS:Underground 2 (or now that the NFS:Most Wanted PC Demo is out that one) settings. But still, seems like fairly decent value. I won't be selling me X850XTPE just yet, but it's still fantastic to see something that fast.
I was totally gutted when it died - took me the best part of 6 hours to even enter my office, nevermind sit down infront of the PC to start writing up what I had got.

I was really looking forward to nailing a full review on this. Oh well, from what I've seen the card kicks ass and I think you can safely say that it'll be faster in the remaining games we test, based on how the XFX 7800 GTX Extreme performs in comparison.

The one that I'm really interested in is City of Villains, because no card has been able to play that game at 1600x1200 with AA yet. This one might have the legs to do just that.
phuzz 14th November 2005, 15:52 Quote
I understand about AA and AF, but what do TSS and QA mean? Not seen these acronyms explained before. I'm assuming it's differences in the anti-aliasing techniques involved, do ATI and nVidia use different ones then?
Tim S 14th November 2005, 15:56 Quote
check the test setup page - there's an explanation there. ;)

It's related to transparency AA - we did some quality analysis here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2005/10/17/sapphire_radeon_x1800xl/5.html
mashles 14th November 2005, 16:16 Quote
wow cheapest i found is £499 inc vat
mclean007 14th November 2005, 16:41 Quote
ATi must be getting used to this by now - they soft launch what sounds like a great product, but as soon as they actually manage to get it into retailers NVidia turns around and pummels them into dust by hard launching a product that sends ATi's latest and greatest running to it's mummy.
Marquee 14th November 2005, 16:56 Quote
OMG god. Now this is the top, of the top of the line. Leadteks timing is perfect. Talk about pissing on ATi's Parade. As a Canadian and as a person living only miles away from ATi's HQ I am proud to see them fall. I hate Ati for fouling on the performance of there X1xxx series.

I got to say that this card is very impresive. Mainly because the card has very impressive clock speeds and also features 512mb of video memory. Well as you guys might remember that in the past that a card with stock speed and more memory were not as great in performance in the lower resolutions, but with a higher clock speed the more memory latency is balanced out.

I will like to Thank Nvidia for creating such a scalable video card, and for Leadtek for bring us 512mb and impressive 550/1700Mhz clocks.

I would like to see a card that has dual GPU or dual GPU core with two independent 256mb memory. I also remember hear that the new driver from Nvidia due to release will support 4 cores. Mean that we can possibly have 2 cards with 2 GPU’s in SLI soon.

I got say that Leadteks innovation on this card has impressed me a lot. Ghost Recon 3 on this bad boy will be great.
buzz_lips 14th November 2005, 17:16 Quote
It's a good card but the price is silly, I gave in and payed £380 for my 1800xt and that was shall we say pretty much on the limit!!

Are there gonna be plenty of these cards or are they limiting supply?
[sinz] 14th November 2005, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by silent_project
it'll be interesting to see what US availability and pricing will do

Newegg has these available from XFX, BFG, and eVGA all for $749. I WISH I had the money to spend to get one :/
PUTALE 14th November 2005, 18:09 Quote
wow, I just want any 7800.
supermonkey 14th November 2005, 18:11 Quote
Well I suppose it does the job, and does it well; however, I refuse to pay more for my video card my processor, motherboard, RAM and hard drive combined.

Hopefully I'm not the only one who thinks the video card wars are starting to get a little ridiculous.

-monkey
Tim S 14th November 2005, 18:13 Quote
Everyone seems to be going in above MSRP for the moment, which sucks. Cheapest I've seen so far in the UK is £499.
Mister_Tad 14th November 2005, 18:42 Quote
as far as your aware are there any differences in the gpu for those 550MHz clocks, or is it just the cooling?

edit: ok ive just soiled myself, thought that i may get one of these for the silly clocks (the bfg one is 580 core ) and then sell off my 7800GT when im back in the UK, but newegg seems to be selling them for $750, sod that
LoneArchon 14th November 2005, 18:50 Quote
Anandtech got bf2 running at 2048x1536 with 4xAA with 46fps. This card would be great to connect to a large HDTV that supports 1080P and be able to play games at native resoution. Maybe sli this badboys and have fear running at 1080p also. That would sweet Fear on a 73" screen
Tim S 14th November 2005, 19:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mister_tad
as far as your aware are there any differences in the gpu for those 550MHz clocks, or is it just the cooling?
They've made some tweaks to the process to allow it to run at higher speeds, as far as I know. The GPU remains the same though.
supermonkey 14th November 2005, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by LoneArchon
Maybe sli this badboys and have fear running at 1080p also.

But how can you play FEAR after you've just sold off your arm and leg to pay for the two cards? I guess you just adapt to one-handed playing.

-monkey
HellRazor 14th November 2005, 20:00 Quote
Be back...heading to the Bank to take out a Loan....bye bye 6800Ultra...hello 7800Ultra (you know, I know it, we all know it...this IS the 7800Ultra)
nemesis80 14th November 2005, 21:10 Quote
Wow great performance and good price, A wonderfull card, hope to see a better respond from Ati, that should be interesting
crayfish 14th November 2005, 21:53 Quote
Two things:

1. How much? Two of these for SLi will be nigh on £1000. I spent that much on my first PC!


2. How big are heatsinks gonna get before we need additional bracketry to hold the cards up? This is getting a bit ridiculous now

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Just one more thing.

I want one :'(
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Pookeyhead 14th November 2005, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by buzz_lips
It's a good card but the price is silly, I gave in and payed £380 for my 1800xt and that was shall we say pretty much on the limit!!

Are there gonna be plenty of these cards or are they limiting supply?


I agree... fantastic card, but WAY too expensive. I'd like to compare it to a XFX extreme gamers edition running at teh speeds I have mine... bearing in mind I got mine off Scan on a today only special of £389. When it drops a wee bit tho... I AM having one!!!

One question tho... what about SLI. Surely it's too large to get two next to each other?

By that time tho, there will be blocks available I would imagine... and I couldn't go back to air cooling now anyway. Strip all that crap off, and it's the same size then.

Good review, pity about the HD failure... wasn't a Maxtor was it???

Damn it;'s tempting... if I could get a water block for it now... Hmmm... I wonder if you can.

ANyone want a water-cooled XFX Extreme? He he....
perplekks45 14th November 2005, 22:32 Quote
Actually, there's nothing left to add to all these 'woohoo' and 'w00t?'...
But a few things came to my mind.

1st: nVidia must have had this thingy finished a long time ago (probably the same time they launched the 256 MB version) and just waited for ATI to release their answer to instantly show them what graphics power really means.

2nd: Would be nice to see this one @ 2 GHz ram. ;)

3rd: Extremely nice cooler! Looking good, hopefully performing well, being so un-noisy... it's somewhat the next slap in the face of ATI.

4th: :'( Me wants...
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