GeForce 7800 GT vs. GeForce 8800

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Nvidia's GeForce line of graphics cards is focused primarily on gaming applications. However, despite the high technological demands of many PC games, GeForce cards have always come in a variety of models ranging from high end to entry level.

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7800 GT

The 7800 GT requires a single PCI Express slot, has a core clock speed of 400MHz, and features 256 MB of on-board memory. It supports Nvidia's SLI multi-GPU technology, which allows users to boost performance by running two identical cards in tandem. The card has two DVI outputs (for dual-monitor setups), as well as HDTV output and VIVO. It supports DirectX 9.0, and outputs at a maximum resolution of 2048 by 1536.

8800 GT

The 8800 GT occupies a single PCI Express slot. Its core clock speed is 600MHz, and it includes 512 MB of on-board RAM. Like the 7800 GT, it supports SLI technology and features HDTV and dual DVI outputs. HDMI output is possible, but requires an adaptor. The card's maximum resolution is 2560 by 1600, and it is DirectX 10 capable.

Comparison

The specifications of the 8800 GT are better across the board than those of the 7800 GT, with only the video output options being truly comparable. This is unsurprising, since the 8800 GT was released a year after the 7800 GT. Both cards were considered high-end solutions when they were released (in 2005 and 2006, respectively), but the 8800 has aged somewhat better. As of 2010, neither card can be considered among the best solutions for high-end applications like gaming and video production.

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