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The Best Graphics Cards for the Money?

Launch of the GeForce 7800 GT is NVIDIA’s second major graphics related event this year and that is again a big success. Not only the GeForce 7800 GT is scheduled to become available at the day of the formal launch, but we also experienced no issues with the new product, which means that customers will receive a graphics card that will satisfy their needs and will not disappoint anyone.

NVIDIA’s GeForce 7800 GT conquers everything on the market right now, except the GeForce 7800 GTX of course, which makes it pretty obvious selection when choosing between products like the GeForce 6800 Ultra and the RADEON X850 XT PE.

In case price has so far been the only issue that kept someone from buying the GeForce 7800 GTX, then more affordable GeForce 7800 GT should probably become their choice these days because of numerous advantages the graphics card delivers:

  • Leading performance in modern games;
  • Sufficient performance in HDR modes;
  • Transparent texture antialiasing;
  • Shader Model 3.0 support;
  • Multi-GPU SLI support;
  • HDTV support;
  • Single-slot cooling system and relatively low power consumption;
  • Lack of any driver-related problems (which is sometimes common for brand-new architectures).

Still, when buying such an advanced graphics card users should remember that they should have central processing units fast enough to expose the full potential of top-end graphics cards as well as big displays that support high resolutions. While it is correct to expect the GeForce 7800 GT and similar products to have some reserves for next-generation games in terms of performance, it is better to be in position to enjoy the potential of such fast graphics cards right here and right now.

Market of High-End Graphics Cards Shrinking

By launching the GeForce 7800 GT in mid-August NVIDIA solidifies its positions in the high-end market with the offering that comes at lower price point, sports richer feature-set and consumes less power and space in a PC. Furthermore, the GeForce 7800-series is available in mass quantities around the world, which is a worth mentioning, as a year ago leading-edge graphics cards were in short supply. NVIDIA seems to have learned the lesson well: the company’s current GeForce 7 architecture is not only a good overclocker, but being made using 0.11 micron process technology seems to have pretty strong yields, which means high profit margin for the company.

Unfortunately, without any cult games coming out this year, such as Doom III or Half-Life 2, the market of high-end graphics cards is shrinking. For instance, the market of high-end graphics cards was down 30% in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, according to Mercury Research. While sales of really expensive GPUs that cost above $400 probably remained on approximately the same level, the market in general may soon show signs of stagnation, as enthusiasts may decide not to upgrade their graphics cards acquired last year before new games show up.

In fact, there are a number of promising games on the pipeline: F.E.A.R. is to be released this Fall, Serious Sam 2 is also due in Autumn, whereas the next title from Crytek was promised to be released in the first half of 2006. Will these games really catalyze gamers to upgrade? That’s the question, which should be answered by designers of graphics processors, primarily by ATI Technologies, whose rival NVIDIA is currently feeding the shrinking market with its GeForce 7800-series.

 
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