With all the new PCIe cards going all over the place, those who have not made the switch over from AGP to PCIe seem to be a neglected bunch. Rumours that AGP has been abandoned by the two leading Graphics card manufacturers NVIDIA and ATi are crushed by a new hope that brings life back to the dusty Accelerated Graphics Port… this hope lies in the 7800 GS from NVIDIA, by XFX.


With all the new PCIe cards going all over the place, those who have not made the switch over from AGP to PCIe seem to be a neglected bunch. Rumours that AGP has been abandoned by the two leading Graphics card manufacturers NVIDIA and ATi are crushed by a new hope that brings life back to the dusty Accelerated Graphics Port… this hope lies in the 7800 GS from NVIDIA.


Introducing the next generation of high-end Graphics Processing Units (GPU) from NVIDIA, brought to you in AGP flavour by XFX. The new 7800 GS! *insert thunder sound here* For almost a year now, the PCI Express slot has taken over the market. However there are still plenty of AGP users who are not willing to give up their trusty AGP platforms. Can this be a hope for AGP fan boys who still crave adequate performance in 3D rendering to keep up with the latest games? How would it cope against the heat from the big guns from ATi’s X850XTPE, one of the fastest cards on the AGP platform?

The GeForce 7800 GS card is 110nm based and has 375MHz G70 core with 16 pixel pipes and 6 vertex pipes. It has 256MB of 1GHz GDDR3 on 256bit memory interface. Topping off at approximately 6 Gpixels/s (16pp x 375MHz) in fill rate and 38.4GB/s (1200MHz x 256bit /8) in memory bandwidth, it seems pretty similar compared to the big boys of the previous generation, the NV4x. What can it offer?


Detailed Specs with its closest competitors:

X1800 XL X1800 XT

GeForce 7800 GS


GeForce 7800GT

GeForce 7800GTX

GeForce 7800GTX 512
Pixel Pipelines161616202424
Geometry
Pipelines
886788
Core Clock500MHz625MHz375MHz400MHz430MHz550MHz
Memory Clock
(DDR)
500MHz750MHz600MHz500MHz600MHz850MHz
Peak Pixel Fill
Rate
10Gpixels/s10Gpixels/s


6Gpixels/s


8Gpixels/s

10.32Gpixels/s

10.32Gpixels/s
Peak Textures
Fill Rate

10Gtexels/s

10Gtexels/s



6Gtexels/s


8Gtexels/s

10.32Gtexels/s

10.32Gtexels/s
Peak Memory
Bandwidth

48GB/s

48GB/s
38.4GB/s
32GB/s

38.4GB/s
54.4GB/s

How does it match up to it’s competitors in PCIe? Can the AGP variant reclaim the throne? Less talk more action, let the sweating begin..