Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT review: Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT

It's not all about pure, raw speed, though. Along with support for the Pixel Shader 3.0 special effects (introduced with the GeForce 6800 series), the 7800 series adds support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting, a new feature that makes lighting effects look much more realistic; both very bright and very darkly shadowed objects look significantly better, with much better texture quality on extremely lit or dim subjects. At the moment, however, HDR lighting is showcased in only a few games: Far Cry, Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell, and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Another addition is Transparency Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, which helps smooth out jagged edges in objects such as fences.

Nvidia's drivers make it easy to manage performance and graphics quality with the GeForce 7800 GT. Application Profiles let you save settings such as antialiasing and filtering for individual programs; sample settings are included for a wide variety of games. If you want to connect your PC to an HDTV or use the 7800 GT as part of a Media Center PC, the version 77.72 drivers we tested do an excellent job supporting HD content. Video at 720p on a Samsung DLP HDTV looked superb, and we were able to adjust the overscan to get crisp images in both Windows and 3D games without losing part of the display around the screen borders.

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Half-Life 2 custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  

Doom 3 custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  

Far Cry custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  

Note: ATI driver: Catalyst 5.7 (WHQL)
Nvidia driver: ForceWare 77.77 (WHQL)

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Graphics card test bed
2.6GHz AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 CPU; (2) 512MB Corsair XMS 3200XLPRO DDR memory 1,024MB DDR SDRAM running at 400MHz; Asus A8N SLI Deluxe motherboard; Nvidia Nforce 4 Ultra-SLI chipset; Western Digital 74GB WDC WD740GD-00FLX0 SATA hard drive; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

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    Nvidia GeForce 7800 GT

    Part Number: CNETNVIDIAGEFORCE7800GT Released: Aug. 15, 2005

    This review covers an Nvidia-provided sample. Please click here for a list of cards available at retail.

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    • Release date Aug. 15, 2005
    • Interface Type PCI Express x16
    • Max Monitors Supported 2
    • Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
    • Compatibility PC