See what bundles are out there...
So you’ve read our review of Evesham’s 7800GTX SLI wonder PC, you’ve fawned over the offerings of Chaintech and Gainward, but you still want more. Well, we don’t believe in taking things in moderation either, so here’s a roundup of the other nVidia 7 Series cards out there.
We’ll start off with Albatron (not for alphabetical reasons, it just happened that way). Like all the cards we will see based on the 7800GTX today, it’s predictably named “7800GTX“ is clocked at a speedy 430MHz with 1200MHz memory clock and capable of 400MHz RAMDAC at 2048 x 1536 (at 85Hz). It is built at 0.11 micron and includes 24 pipelines for super wiz bang performance (just check out the stunning benchmarks this generation of card is producing here}
Like clones there’s dual DVI and VIVO connections and HDTV, S-Video and AV adapter cables thrown in. No word on pricing (like many of the cards) but they’ll tend to be around the £369 mark including VAT.
Next is Point of View, which also doesn’t know the price of its branded “GeForce 7800GTX”, but did say it would be in stores from today. It bangs on about the same features (you can’t blame them!) and provided us with a different box shot. Nice.
On to Biostar which does dare to change the name to the VN78GTX-D4E (I suggest they change it back after that less than catchy branding attempt). They inform you that Doom 3 will run at over 90fps, but we can go one better than that and tell you that you’ll get 91.3fps at 1,600 x 1,200 with 4x FSAA and AF in SLI !
Apparently, the card (and I quote) “will be available in the UK at USD 649”. Anyone spot a little slip up? Anyway, that’s £356.21p based on today’s exchange rates. Hold em to it! (And yes, they did send us that generic pic)
Mobo and graphics card monster Gigabyte strides forward as well to proclaim out loud that you should all buy its GV-NX78X256V-B. We wouldn’t disagree, if only we could remember its name by the time we got to the shops.
If your memory is better than ours and you do manage to get one back from the stores, you’ll find CyberLink PowerDirect 3.0 ME, PowerDVD 6.0, Joint Operations and Xpand Rally also in the box.
Leadtek’s PX7800 GTX TDH (I just can’t see the point in adding more acronyms to PC hardware) differentiates itself a little by fitting a proprietary cooler which it boasts will keep noise below 30dB. The bundle isn’t bad either with Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Ulead Video Studio 8, DVD Movie Factory 3 SE and PowerDVD 6.0 included too.
Again dollar pricing was supplied, but it appears cheaper at $599 (£328.79). Don’t hold us to these big watery gap separated land’s prices though.