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A Detailed Look At The Candidates

ATI Graphics Buyer's Guide Spring 2006, Part 1
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Card Manufacturer and Chip Code Name Memory HDR-R Vertex Shader / Pixel Shader GPU Frequency Memory Frequency
NVIDIA Graphics Cards
Gainward GS BLISS 6800 GS PCX NV42 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 485 MHz 1300 MHz
eVGA GeForce 7800 GS SC AGP G70 256 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 460 MHz 1350 MHz
ATI Graphics Cards
Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX OC R580 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 690 MHz 1600 MHz
Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX R580 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 648 MHz 1548 MHz
Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX OC R580 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 690 MHz 1600 MHz
Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX R580 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 648 MHz 1548 MHz
HIS Radeon X1800 XT iTurbo R520 512 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 695 MHz 1584 MHz
HIS Radeon X1600 XT iTurbo OC RV530 256 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 600 MHz 1404 MHz
HIS Radeon X1600 XT iTurbo RV530 256 MB GDDR3 yes 3.0/3.0 587 MHz 1386 MHz
Sapphire Radeon X1300 R515 256 MB DDR2 yes 3.0/3.0 452 MHz 514 MHz
Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP RV530 256 MB DDR2 yes 3.0/3.0 500 MHz 810 MHz
HDR-R: High Dynamic Range Rendering; Memory Frequency: Due to the use of DDR memory, actual frequency is only half that given here; GS: Golden Sample; SC: Superclocked; SLI: 2 NVIDIA cards running in parallel; OC: overclocked

EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP

eVGA's card uses a single-slot cooling solution. The cooler, which covers both the GPU and the memory modules, consists of a fan and aluminum cooling fins covered by an acrylic faceplate. The graphics chip provides support for Pixel Shader version 3.0 and HDR rendering. Our test sample was an eVGA "Superclocked Edition," meaning it runs at increased clock speeds right out of the box. Thus, the GPU is clocked at 460 MHz, while the memory frequency is 1350 MHz. Thanks to its increased clock speeds and 256 MB of video memory, the card is ideally suited for current 3D games. Its target price is about $299.

The eVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP carries a full complement of output connectors, including DVI, standard VGA and Video Out.

EVGA Geforce 7800 GS AGP - Accessories

The card ships with an auxiliary power cable and a DVI-to-VGA adapter for use with a second analog monitor.

Summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction, Continued
  3. A Detailed Look At The Candidates
  4. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Tools And Software
  5. EVGA GeForce 7800 GS AGP - Web Support
  6. EVGA GeForce7800 GS AGP - Overclocking And Heat
  7. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP
  8. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Accessories
  9. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Tools And Software
  10. Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP - Web Support
  11. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX
  12. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Accessories
  13. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Tools And Software
  14. Tools Und Software, Continued
  15. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Web Support
  16. Gainward Golden Sample BLISS 6800 GS PCX - Overclocking And Heat
  17. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX
  18. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  19. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  20. Gecube Radeon X1900 XTX - Web Support
  21. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ
  22. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Accessories
  23. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Tools And Software
  24. Tools And Software, Continued
  25. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Web Support
  26. HIS Radeon X1600 XT ITurbo IceQ - Overclocking And Heat
  27. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo
  28. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Accessories
  29. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Tools And Software
  30. Tools And Software, Continued
  31. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo - Web Support
  32. HIS Radeon X1800 XT ITurbo -Overclocking And Heat
  33. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX
  34. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Accessories
  35. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Tools And Software
  36. Powercolor Radeon X1900 XTX - Overclocking And Heat
  37. Sapphire Radeon X1300
  38. Sapphire Radeon X1300 -Accessories
  39. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Tools And Software
  40. Sapphire Radeon X1300 - Web Support
  41. Test Setup
  42. Benchmark Results
  43. Age Of Empires 3, Continued
  44. Black & White 2
  45. Black & White 2, Continued
  46. Call Of Duty 2
  47. Call Of Duty 2, Continued
  48. F.E.A.R
  49. F.E.A.R., Continued
  50. Quake 4
  51. Quake 4, Continued
  52. Serious Sam 2
  53. Serious Sam 2, Continued
  54. 3DMark06
  55. 3DMark06, Continued
  56. 3DMark06, Continued
  57. 3DMark06, Continued
  58. Power Consumption
  59. Conclusions
  60. Feature Table
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