Back in 2004 things didn’t immediately go well for NVIDIA’s newly-announced GeForce 6800 Ultra, 6800 GT and 6800 graphics cards. The problems involved in the manufacture of an ultra-complex GPU that consisted of 222 million transistors resulted in a significant delay between the date of the announcement and the date the users could actually buy the devices. It was a real problem to find a GeForce 6800 Ultra in shops, while ATI Technologies was quite successfully supplying the RADEON X800 PRO to market.
NVIDIA Corporation learned that lesson well and got all prepared to the release of their new G70 graphics processor (for details see our article called NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX: New Architecture Exposed). The GeForce 7800 GTX graphics card, based on the G70 core, came to retail shops almost immediately after the announcement (for details see our article called NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX: Monstrous Gaming Performance Unleashed). NVIDIA showed proper promptness, and that’s good, but it also lead to all GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards being identical irrespective of the manufacturer. The only thing those cards differed in was the design of the plastic casing on the cooler. Even ASUSTeK Computer, a major manufacturer always into offering original solutions, came up with its Extreme N7800GTX that was an exact copy of the reference GeForce 7800 GTX.
So, it seems we should wait for a while for G70-based cards of an original design to appear. We have no doubt many manufacturers will try to experiment with quieter or more efficient coolers and to attract the customer with a non-standard color of the PCB, cooler highlighting, etc. But again, all GeForce 7800 GTX graphics cards are absolutely identical as yet. And this poises a problem for us, at X-bit labs, too. Having posted our comprehensive review of the original GeForce 7800 GTX, we can’t now just repeat ourselves talking about this same card as it comes from different brands.
Fortunately for us, NVIDIA’s new graphics processor has an interesting feature we didn’t cover in our analysis of the G70 architecture. This feature is important enough to be described separately and we are going to deal with it in the Overclocking section of this review. Ah yes… this review is about the e-GeForce 7800 GTX graphics card from EVGA!