OK, Shock! Horror! I was lying and for those of you with more money than sense/a desire to squeeze every possible frame per second out of your gaming nVidia does indeed have a card for you.
Due out today, the 512MB version of the company’s flagship 7800GTX card will set crazy people/aficionados back around $799 (over here around £500-550). For those prepared to face bankruptcy/hand over such a wedge of cash they’ll find the GPU clocked at 550MHz and the half gig of GDDR3 memory running at an incredible 1700MHz.
This lethal combo produces a whopping 8.8 billion pixels per second (the original 256MB 7800GTX weighed in with 6.88 billion), 13.2 billion texels per second (up from 10.3 billion) and a massive 57.6 GBps of video bandwidth. So if you want to be the gaming Abramovich/fastest single card gamer on the streets this is the board for you.
On the other hand, if you want to be the smartest gamer on the streets splash out another £50 and get yourself two 256MB 7800GTX cards, run them in an SLI configuration and beat old Richie Rich, but put two 512MBers into SLI and, well… need I say more?! In addition, you do get added functionality too with the ability to run games in 1900 x 1200 resolution with 4xTAA in SuperSampling mode and 16x AF.
For the rest of us, getting the fps into the mid 90s with Half Life 2 running at 1600 x 1200 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF remains a mildly more realistic dream. That said, we don’t buy car magazines with pictures of Ferraris and Aston Martins on the cover because that’s what is going to replace our Ford Ka, so lets have a quick skip over the first few retail packages we’ve seen.
From Leadtek we have the WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO Extreme 512MB (mouthful that). It sticks to the script with a 550MHz GPU and 1,700MHz memory, but does bundle Quake IV and has a picture of a member of Bros on the box.
XFX has cranked things up with two editions, a vanilla model (if you can call a GeForce 7800GTX 51MB card vanilla?!) and the ‘XXX’ which overclocks the CPU to 583MHz and memory to 1730MHz though neither gives away what software goodies are inside. We’ve already seen this one retailing for £516.99 including VAT at Scan. Shame the X-shaped box has gone though…
Point of View is close behind the XXX which its own 580MHz/1730MHz hotrod version of the monster card, sensibly branded the ‘GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB’, complete with winged bat/pig/chiwawa thing on the packaging. Again bundle info and pricing is absent, but we all know the range.
Many, many more will inevitably follow, but enough is enough. Check out Riyad’s extensive road test now of what we at TrustedReviews like to call Gamers’ Paradise…