NVIDIA has upped the ante for mid-range graphics cards with the GeForce 7800 GT, offering performance just a few percent below that of a GeForce 7800 GTX. So has the GeForce 7800 GT now become the most desirable mid-range graphics card available? Well no, especially for those of you that already own a single GeForce 6800GT or 6800 Ultra and a SLI capable motherboard. As we've shown it is much more worthwhile to simply buy another GeForce 6800GT or 6800 Ultra and run them in SLI, which will offer a performance level the GeForce 7800 GT or 7800 GTX can't match in most games.
If you are in the market for a new mid-range graphics card however and don't want to bother with SLI, or don't have an SLI capable motherboard, then the GeForce 7800 GT is indeed as good as it gets. In the majority of games it completely humiliates the top-of-the-line ATI Radeon X850XT PE, which is priced significantly higher. As with the GeForce 6600GT of late, the GeForce 7800 GT has a lot to offer and although expensive has a good price/performance ratio.
Overall the GeForce 7800 GT offers substantially better performance than the previous top-of-the-line GeForce 6800 Ultra and could very well match or surpass that of the GeForce 7800 GTX if pushed a little further in terms of clockspeed. At about $150 less than the GeForce 7800 GTX this is a much more affordable choice that yet offers about 90% of the performance. Obviously putting two in SLI, which we were unfortunately unable to test, would clearly increase the performance dramatically, at $300 less than two GeForce 7800 GTXs.
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