PNY Verto GeForce 7800 GT (256MB) review: PNY Verto GeForce 7800 GT (256MB)

Speaking of performance, the PNY card scored as expected, which is to say better than its ATI competition on Doom 3 but not as fast on Half-Life 2 and Direct3D-based games in general. On our Doom 3 tests, the PNY Verto achieved 47 frames per second (fps) on our demanding 1,600x1,200 resolution test. This score is especially impressive: four frames per second faster than ATI's more expensive 512MB Radeon X1800 XT card. Half-Life 2 proved more challenging; the Verto scored 48fps to the 256MB ATI Radeon X1800 XL's 51fps. This result is not as much of a win for ATI, because the Radeon X1800 XL is in the same price category as the Verto GeForce 7800 GT, and you would expect the two to be competitive.

The performance results become even more interesting when you compare the results of two PNY cards running in SLI mode. In every test, the pair of cards posted the fastest results we've seen in a 3D-card review (granted, we didn't compare two GeForce 7800 GTX cards this time around, which should be even faster). The closest ATI could come with its Radeon X850 XT cards in CrossFire mode was on the Half-Life 2 1,024x768-resolution test, where the PNY cards had only a 6 percent advantage (true, the CrossFire test bed used the slightly slower AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ CPU, but the difference shouldn't be that significant). Otherwise, ATI can't compete with the PNY cards in dual-card mode. And that's not even taking into account differences in image quality (read our review of the GeForce 7800 GT chip for a breakdown of its features).

We should say outright that we don't have an appropriate crosscompany comparison. ATI doesn't yet offer a CrossFire version of the Radeon X1800 XL card, which you would need to link two of them together. That makes our results more of a current-state-of-the-market comparison rather than a technology head-to-head. Two ATI Radeon X1800 XLs could be faster than two PNY Verto GeForce 7800 GT cards, but we won't know until ATI releases the CrossFire edition. At this point, the PNY cards give us the fastest 3D results we've seen.

Half-Life 2 custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,280x1,024 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  

Doom 3 demo #3 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200, High Quality, with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,280x1,024, High Quality, with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768, High Quality, with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  

3DMark 2005 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200  
1,280x1,024  
1,024x768  
512MB ATI Radeon X1800 XT
6,549 
7,710 
9,240 
256MB Nvidia GeForce 7800 GTX
5,812 
6,713 
7,749 
256MB ATI Radeon X1800 XL
5,105 
6,011 
7,216 
256MB PNY Verto GeForce 7800 GT
5,026 
5,896 
6,888 
256MB ATI Radeon X850 XT
4,256 
5,123 
6,193 
256MB ATI Radeon X800 XL
3,571 
4,325 
5,256 

ATI driver used: Catalyst 5.9 (WHQL), Beta X1x00 drivers (for X1000-series cards), Catalyst CrossFire (WHQL)

Nvidia driver used: ForceWare 78.01 (WHQL)

Find out more about how we test graphics cards.

Graphics test bed
2.4 GHz Athlon 64 FX-57; (2) 512MB Corsair XMS 3200XLPRO DDR, giving 1,024MB DDR SDRAM running at 400MHz; Seagate 7200.7 160GB NCQ SATA hard drive; Asus A8N SLI motherboard; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

ATI CrossFire test bed
2.4 GHz Athlon 64 X2 4800+; (2) 512MB Corsair XMS 3200XLPRO DDR, giving 1,024MB DDR SDRAM running at 400MHz; Seagate 7200.7 160GB NCQ SATA hard drive; ATI Xpress 200 CrossFire reference motherboard; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

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PNY Verto GeForce 7800 GT (256MB)

Part Number: VCG7800GXWB Released: Aug 15, 2005
Low Price: $252.04 See all prices

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  • Release date Aug 15, 2005
  • Interface Type PCI Express x16
  • Max Monitors Supported 2
  • Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
  • Size 256 MB
  • Compatibility PC