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Seven of NVIDIA's Latest and Greatest Cards Tested

A Detailed Look At The Candidates

NVIDIA Graphics Cards with PCI-Express Interface
Manufacturer and DesignationCode NameVideo Memory in MBHDR-RenderingVertex Shader VersionPixel Shader VersionGPU-Frequency MHzmemory-Frequency MHz
eVGA GeForce 7800 GTX Black PearlG70512, DDR3yes3.03.06001800
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GTX Turbo ForceG70256, DDR3yes3.03.04801250
Asus GeForce N7800GTX ExtremeG70256, DDR3yes3.03.04301200
Asus GeForce N7800GT ExtremeG70256, DDR3yes3.03.04001000
Gigabyte GeForce 7800 GTG70256, DDR3yes3.03.04001000
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 GT Silentpipe IINV43128, GDDR3yes3.03.05001000
MSI GeForce 6600 GT DiamondNV43128, DDR3yes3.03.05001000

Among the contenders: A silent, passively cooled SLI-solution.

Asus GeForce 7800 GT Extreme

The GeForce 7800 GT uses a single-slot cooling solution, and the fan is backlit by blue LEDs. The cooler consists of the fan itself, an integrated heatpipe and cooling fins; two of the four memory modules are cooled by the fan's airflow. The two modules above the GPU are connected to the main heatsink by a heatpipe. The PCB is reinforced by a thin sheet of steel that runs the length of the card.

Blue Fan backlighting, 2x DVI, 1x Video-Out: Asus GeForce 7800 GT Extreme