I always like to
show off the latest and greatest games from the computer world
to console gamers (PS2/Xbox/GameCube style graphics), and aside from
cinematics consoles are underpowered compared to modern PC's. It's pretty
impressive to see Doom 3 running 4xAA/16xAF at 1024x768 when comparing to the
With videocards improving with every generation, the day
when realtime cinematic calibre graphics are the default standard is
drawing closer and videocards based on the GeForce 7800 GTX are definitely
moving in the right direction. Of course if you want the best, you'd better be
prepared to pay for it and with a price tag of $741 CDN ($599 US) for the Gigabyte
GV-NX78X256V-B, 7800GTX class videocards are certainly heavy on the wallet.
Based on the GeForce
7800 GTX, the PCI Express Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B SLI
capable videocard is wickedly fast in pretty much everything. From
normal benchmarks to AA/AF power, even a single GV-NX78X256V-B is powerful
enough to keep even the most hardcore user happy. If that's not good enough for
you though, get a second card and run SLI!
The Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B is based on the reference
nvidia design, and is very quiet in operation as a result. While it's a
single slot solution, the GV-NX78X256V-B videocard does generate a lot of heat -
you'd best have good airflow in your case if you plan on getting a GeForce 7800
The software that's included with the Gigabyte
GV-NX78X256V-B is quite impressive and will keep gamers entertained for a good
weekend or two. Because the videocard supports VIVO we're happy to see that
Gigabyte includes PowerDirector, one of the more user friendly video editing
software on the market.
I have absolutely no complaints, this card is fast, as
will be any reference based 7800GTX videocard. As a package, Gigabyte has
put together a great box of accessories, so game hard and game
fast! Overclocking was a little better with the Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B than the Albatron version,
which could be chalked up to BIOS differences. With performance like we've shown
you in the benchmarks, the Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B is a hard-core gamers
delight, for certain.
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