What spins have been put on nVidia's latest baby, and by who?
As a refresher this is what you’ll get for around £300 smackers: 20 pixel pipelines, seven vertex shaders, a 400MHz clock speed and 256MB of 1GHz memory. This compares pretty favourably with the GTX which charges £120 more for 24 pipelines, eight shaders, a 430MHz clock speed and 1.2GHz memory (though you can find it cheaper on some sites). In reality the GT is just as good as it sounds too, check out our review of the nVidia reference card here, but now we move onto the bundles.
For reasons of an alphabetical nature I’ll go to AOpen first. Called the Aeolus 7800GT-DVD256/DVDC256 – catchy – this variant spices up the original package by lifting the 400MHz clock speed to 430MHz and lifting the memory to 1.1GHz. Software isn’t so exciting as Ulead VideoStudio 7.0, Second Sight and Pitfall are the highlights, but you’re not buying it for that are you?
Proving I don’t know my ABCs is Albatron which wisely calls its offering the “7800GT” (what a concept). It doesn’t mess with the original hardware settings, describes its software bundle as including “Power Director and 3D Games” and provides us with a reference shot of the card. In a rush guys?
Chaintech shows more willing with the acceptably renamed AE78GT. It hasn’t hotrodded anything but it does take the time to explain what you’ll get in the box: WinDVD5 (6 channel), WinDVD Creator 2, WinRip 2.1, Home Theatre 2.1 Lite, Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0 and a 5in1 game pack.
We’ll skip Elsa since it doesn’t deliver its graphical goodness to these shores anymore and jump straight to the king of stupid product names, Gigabyte. It lives up to its reputation in spectacular style with the GV-NX78T256V-B (try remembering that on the way to the shops), but despite going nuts on the rebranding, it doesn’t fiddle with the hardware. As for the software you’ll get Cyberlink PowerDirector 3.0ME, PowerDVD 6.0, Spell Force and Xpand Rally in the box.