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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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By chickenselects on 5/18/2006 6:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
wait, im so confused now, will these new 7800's be comparable to the 7900 line? I was planning on buying a 7900GT but wtf?

RE: confused
By beemercer on 5/18/2006 8:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
Its probaly safe to buy the 7900GT, i doubt that these new 7800's will be better than a 7900GT.

RE: confused
By Sh0ckwave on 5/18/2006 9:54:35 PM , Rating: 2
The new 7800s will probably be cheaper, mid-range cards with pipeline quads disabled. Maybe they have lots of G70 cores to get rid of.

RE: confused
By Tsuwamono on 5/18/2006 10:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
better be safe and just wait for the DX10 cards if you can wait. that way you dont get forked when you cant install a game because of it.

RE: confused
By beemercer on 5/18/2006 11:10:21 PM , Rating: 2
good point, does anyone know when DX10 cards are supposed to hit the market

RE: confused
By bombledmonk on 5/19/2006 2:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
You're looking closer and closer to the end of the year as vista keeps getting pushed back.

There is never a point in waiting unless it's only couple weeks. You can always wait for the next best thing, but you'll never have what you want.

RE: confused
By lethalchronic on 5/19/2006 12:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Quote- "There is never a point in waiting unless it's only couple weeks. You can always wait for the next best thing, but you'll never have what you want. "

I agree with this statement whole-heartedly. I have been "waiting" for the right hardware for a year or so. I'm gonna go with the AM2 platform and I'm positive I'm gonna get the 7900GT. I'll wait for DX10 to buy that $500 top-end graphics card.

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