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Conclusion and Thoughts
Gigabyte's 7800 GTX is truly a remarkable achievement in video card history. Nvidia claimed that the new 7800 GTX architecture can handle any game at 1600x1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and up to 16x of anisotropic filtering. As you can tell from my results, Nvidia has every right to make that claim, considering Gigabyte's 7800 GTX managed to even surpass, in some cases, 6800 GT's in SLI. The 7800 GTX is by no means a simple change in architecture, like the X850 was to the X800 series; the complete architectural overhaul has resulted in a single-card configuration that can handle any game at high resolutions. While also trouncing ATI's strongest X850XT PE, the 7800 GTX is the fastest single-card video card solution and Gigabyte has provided a 7800 GTX solution with a formidable bundle. While PowerDirect, Joint Operations, and XR Rally may not be the best gaming bundle, Gigabyte's quality as a top tier manufacturer of video cards is enough reason to warrant this purchase. However, be prepared to couple your new Gigabyte 7800 GTX with equally impressive CPU, memory, and motherboard components. The 7800 GTX, while powerful, proved to bottleneck my system greatly with my Athlon64 4000+ San Diego at 2.4 GHz. I managed to stably clock the 4000+ to FX-57 speeds at 2.8 GHz and even at FX-57 speeds, the 7800 GTX was bottlenecked. I will discuss the bottlenecking of the 7800 GTX in a future article so no buyer with a slow processor even thinks about the 7800 GTX as an immediate upgrade. However, if you are one of those consumers that can afford the purchase of a 600 dollar video card, you probably already have a decent system to begin with. Gigabyte has provided an excellent service to us enthusiasts by delivering the next best video card at the same time the 7800 GTX was officially announced. Combined with insane speeds, revolutionary image quality, and the ability to double the performance with another video card in SLI, Gigabyte's 7800 GTX earns InsaneTek's "Highly Praised" award. I applaud both Nvidia's and Gigabyte's strategy in releasing a stellar product in a timely manner and I can only hope that ATI has a miracle up their sleeve.
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