The launch of GeForce 7800 GTX in the beginning of summer not only changed NVIDIA’s position in the GPU market, but affected the entire market in general. Today it is by far not enough to simply roll out a new technology or a promising new graphics processor.
It is even more important to start shipping a working product based on it as soon as possible. Besides the pretty rare announcement of GeForce 7800 GTX with immediate availability of ready products, this solution is also remarkable for raising the price of fast graphics accelerators to an unbelievable height: $599.
Of course, far not every hardware enthusiast can afford such expensive graphics solutions. Moreover, unlike all previous years NVIDIA this time announced not the entire graphics card family, but only one single model: GeForce 7800 GTX, which immediately excluded the users with the budget below $600 from the potentials owners of the products from the new generation. However, the demanding users get less excited about GeForce 6800 series with the time, so the company undoubtedly needs a new solution that could take over from GeForce 6800 Ultra/GT.
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT had every chance to become this solution. Although it raised the price bar of the GT model to $449, it boasts better performance than GeForce 6800 Ultra, offers lower power consumption and at the same time supports all new features of the GeForce 7 series GPUs.