A Detailed Look At The Candidates
|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.