A month ago, we revealed the existence of the GeForce 7800 GS. Today we
have a preview of it for our readers. First of all, you may want to
print this article. Not because we write so well, but because
it's not everyday you hear a story like this one.
GK-TheDeacon is a professional gamer of the first person shooter genre.
He spends long hours playing Quake 4 online and participating in
various tournaments. He signed up for a FEAR Multi Player match with a
prize of a GeForce 7800 GT going to the winner. GK-TheDeacon managed to
beat them all and win the contest. That contest organizer is a large
website and was working with NVIDIA on this particular promotion. A few
days later he received a small mysterious package. Well it was a card
in an anti-static bag, with no box or even a CD containing drivers.
He plugged that card in and went to install the drivers but something
was strange. The card was not a normal 7800 GT. In reality it's
not a 7800 GT at all. It was a 7800 GS engineering sample. I have no
idea how the heck he got it. I believe it was PR mistake. Anyway he
signed into a few hardware websites in order to find drivers for his
card. He sent us an email and asked if we could hook him up with some
As soon as I saw his E-mail, I contacted him and spoke with him about
it. I asked him to install a remote administration tool so I could take
a look at the installed card and investigate it. He agreed and provided
me access right then. It took me few minutes to believe that this card
was not a fake. This is a real 7800 GS.
The GeForce 7800 GS has 16 pixel pipelines and 6 vertex pipes. The
core has been clocked to 375MHz and the memory is clocked at 1000MHz.
This reference card looks the same as many other NVIDIA reference
boards. The GeForce 7800 GS is based on the G70 architecture after all.
To install this card we had to modify ForceWare 81.94 and add support
for GeForce 7800 GS. The DeviceID of this card is:
"NVIDIA_G70.DEV_0093.1". After making the required edits we
proceeded to the driver installation and took this screenshot for you:
After installing the drivers everything worked just fine. As we
mentioned in our previous article, this card suppose to sit just below
the GeForce 7800 GT in performance and also lower priced. In this mini
review you will find out if it does.