Is your AGP gaming rig struggling under the strain of recent games like F.E.A.R. and Quake 4? NVIDIA have today launched the fastest GPU available for AGP: the GeForce 7800 GS AGP.

Of course, this won't be big news to regular bit-tech readers - we reported the rumour of this card's existence back at the beginning of December!

How right we were. The GeForce 7800 GS AGP is a slower version of the GeForce 7800 GT (which is PCI-Express only) and yet still comfortably outpaces ATI's fastest AGP card, the aging Radeon X850XT. For the full story, read Tim's full GeForce 7800 GS AGP review.

NVIDIA are claiming the 7800 GS is yet another 'hard launch', the buzzword indicating immediate retail availability and the opposite of the infamous 'paper' launches. Rather than shipping this afternoon, etailers will be able to sell cards from Monday 6th. Not exactly rock-hard but pretty close in our view.

All major NVIDIA partners are offering GeForce 7800 GS AGP cards, meaning BFG Tech, Club 3D, eVGA, Leadtek, XFX and others will be vying for your upgrade dollar / pound. The reference design calls for stock clock speeds of 375MHz core and 1200MHz memory. BFG Tech go a step further, clocking at 400 / 1250MHz but eVGA win the award for Most Insane Overclock, with speeds ranging from 430 / 1300MHz, past 450 / 1350MHz the way up to 490 / 1400MHz!

The latter comes at a price: the best part of £300. The BFG Tech card is available for a more modest £240 though as with all launches, we expect market forces to trigger price drops within a few days.

Just what the doctor ordered, or a pointless exercise in life support for obsolete system? Cast your vote in our Forums.


Some of the GeForce 7800 GS AGP cards on offer from launch partners BFG Tech, Club 3D, eVGA and XFX

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