512MB GeForce 7800 'Ultra' on November 7?

Written by Tim Smalley

October 26, 2005 // 3:47 p.m.

Tags: #512mb #7800 #ati #geforce #gtx #nvidia #ocuk #overclockers-uk

UPDATE 15:47:
It seems that our sole source of information on the new GeForce 7800 GTX with a 512MB frame buffer has been removed. Could it be that the green backs have put the shackles round our sole sources neck for dropping the hint?

We have just been alerted to a post on the Overclocker's UK forums, where the company's video card product manager states that they will be a launch partner for NVIDIA's upcoming 512MB GeForce 7800 GTX.

In his post, found on this page, he states:

"On November 7th OcUK will be launch partner with NVIDIA on the new faster clocked 512MB 7800 GTX which will further establish NVIDIA as performance leader and OcUK will have priority allocation on 512MB cards which could also mean we have exclusivity, and unlike ATI, NVIDIA will be shipping plenty of stock throughout November."

Obviously, NVIDIA will not confirm the date or clock speed changes for us, but OcUK's product manager believes that it will be clocked higher than the 256MB version of the GeForce 7800 GTX.

He goes on to ask the question: "So basically, what is the point [in buying] ATI's X1800 XT, [when] NVIDIA will have a better product with availability sooner and no doubt for less money too."

We can't really state whether NVIDIA will have a better product or not, without seeing how it performs. We're still waiting to see how well the X1800XT performs, and we're wondering whether Adaptive Anti-Aliasing and High Quality Anisotropic Filtering will be useable in more games, given the additional speed that the X1800XT has over the X1800XL.

At the moment, we're wondering just how much higher NVIDIA will clock it, and whether they'll opt to use a dual slot cooler like the one seen on Leadtek's PX7800 GTX TDH Extreme. Could the likes of XFX, BFGTech and Gainward come out with even faster versions than the reference design? We'd be very surprised if they didn't.

It will be interesting to see whether NVIDIA beat ATI to the market with their flagship 512MB video card, in volume and at a more attractive price. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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