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EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GS CO Superclock AGP 8X Review - Page 1 of 3

INTRODUCTION

Today, we take a look at the EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GS CO Superclock AGP 8X graphics card. As NVIDIA was mmaking the transition to the PCI-Express graphics standard, new product offerings based on the soon-to-be-obsolete Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) were declining.

However, early last month NVIDIA announced the GeForce 7800 GS AGP, which is targeted at extending the gaming usefulness of those remaining high-end AGP systems.

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EVGA is one of NVIDIA's top add-in card partners and they typically offer a variety of graphics cards for a given chipset. Their e-GeForce 7800 GS AGP lineup varies in both GPU and memory clock speed and is comprised of the following models:

The e-GeForce 7800 GS base model operates at reference clock speeds, which are dictated by NVIDIA. All models are AGP 8X with 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Graphics-specialized GDDR3 memory delivers more memory bandwidth per second, which is especially beneficial when 4X and higher levels of antialiasing are used.

ACCESSORIES

Included accessories consist of a well-written user's guide, driver installation CD, VGA-to-DVI adapter, 4-pin power cable splitter, and s-video adapter.

Accessories
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Plastic product packaging keeps the graphics card well-protected during shipping.

TEST SYSTEM

It's been close to two years since NVIDIA released an AGP version of the GeForce 6800 Ultra, which is no longer manufactured. A new high-end AGP part based on the GeForce 7800 Series should be well-received as it provides an upgrade path for the AGP user base.

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Two years ago, many of us were gaming with systems that were using a socket-754 Athlon 64 processor and nForce3 motherboard chipset. I stepped back in time and assembled such a system for this review.

My first Gigabyte motherboard - so far, so good.

System Specifications

  • AMD Athlon 64 3400+ @ 2.2GHz
  • Gigabyte GA-K8NS nForce3 Motherboard
  • Corsair PC3200 XMS Extreme Memory - (2) 512MB DIMMs - 1GB Total
  • Western Digital 120GB, 7200RPM, 8MB Buffer, Hard Disk Drive
  • Samsung 160GB, 7200RPM, 8MB Buffer, Hard Disk Drive
  • Iomega USB CD-RW/DVD ROM
  • Onboard Audio
  • EVGA e-GeForce 7800 GS CO Superclock AGP 8X - 256MB - 460MHz/1.35GHz
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Graphics Driver Version 81.98
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 75Hz Refresh Rate
  • Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 / DirectX 9.0c

Here is a CPU, FSB, and memory timing report from the no longer supported shareware version of Everest.

Everest System Report

The sensor report.

Everest Sensor Report

Applications Tested

  • 3DMark05 - v1.2.0
  • F.E.A.R. - v1.3
  • Quake 4 - v1.0.4.0
  • rthdribl - v.1.2
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory - v1.04

Notes

  • Antialiasing and anisotropic filtering were always configured using the driver control panel unless otherwise stated.
  • All gameplay testing was done under a driver image setting of quality unless otherwise stated.
  • FRAPS was used to capture minimum and average frame rates in Quake 4.

Next Page: 3DMark05 and F.E.A.R. Performance

Last Updated on March 2, 2006


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