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NVIDIA's obscure 7800 GPUs revealed in the beta driver
Updated nVidia drivers indicate nVidia is readying additional GeForce 7800 based cards. has gotten their hands on a new set of beta NVIDIA drivers from an XFX/Pine graphics. A quick comparison of the beta drivers from the official NVIDIA site, versus the drivers provided from XFX's FTP server do in fact indicate that NVIDIA is preparing to release additional cards in its 7800 series.

The new cards will sport the following designations "NVIDIA GeForce 7800SE/XT/LE/LT/ZT" and "GeForce 7800 Ultra". Specifics of the new 7800s currently aren't known but as soon as we get more information we will pass it along. For those interested, the new drivers are available NGOHQs site.

Traditionally, NVIDIA has reserved the LE moniker for GPU cores with several quads disabled.  SE and XT were generally ATI-only suffixes, though last year we saw a short lived GeForce 6800XT.  LT and ZT are totally new suffixes.

GeForce 7800, based on the G70 ASIC, was virtually replaced by G71 overnight back in March.  G71 and G70 are very similar, but G71 uses a smaller die process making it cooler and less expensive to manufacture in quantity.  ATI and NVIDIA both have a habit of repackaging older ASICs as slightly crippled versions of the same GPU in order to squeeze out a few more sales at unsaturated price points

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For the love of god...
By segagenesis on 5/18/2006 6:09:46 PM , Rating: 4
Ok, ok, variety is good but stop the alphabet soup already. Do they really expect people to wade through all these choices with any ease lately? Maybe I am cynical but I remember when it was 3 or 4 selection choices or combinations and not the tens, perhaps hundereds there are now.

RE: For the love of god...
By bhigh on 5/18/2006 7:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding. ATI is just as bad. For instance, the X800 has Pro, XL, GT and XT which are almost identical. It's hard to say whether the Pro or XL is faster, then there's the XT and XT PE.

It seems that every stepping of every generation (9600, 9800, X700, X800, X1600, X1800, X1900, 6800, 7600, 7800, 7900) has 2 or 3 variants plus a special variant or two.

Then there are the "special runs" like the 6800 GTO. How's that compare with the plain 6800 let alone the Ultra, GT, GS, XT, etc.

RE: For the love of god...
By beemercer on 5/18/2006 7:49:36 PM , Rating: 3
I think the 'ZT' may be the worst i have ever heard.

Also dont forget the KO, CO and XXX suffixes that the manufacturers put on the cards; imagine the 7800ZT KO, alphabet soup indeed.

RE: For the love of god...
By Inkjammer on 5/18/2006 8:14:46 PM , Rating: 2
Y'know what people are gonna call it, right?

. . .

The nVidia Zit.

RE: For the love of god...
By beemercer on 5/18/2006 8:17:55 PM , Rating: 3
hahahaa, good one

RE: For the love of god...
By RedBeard on 5/19/2006 5:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
What is next? 7801LX 7802DX 7803EX??? Could this become any more confusing? Let's make all video cards hex addresses! Yeah, that's the way to go! Or maybe binary! 0101-0101 FTW!

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