GeForce 7800 GS AGP Video Card Preview

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FAQs Interview

Q:  What are you announcing today?
A:    We are announcing the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS graphics processing unit (GPU).  The GeForce 7800 GS is the latest addition to the GeForce 7 family and the first to support AGP.  It delivers all the performance and features of the award-winning GeForce 7 Series architecture to the huge installed base of AGP systems.

Q:  Where does this fall in your product line-up?  What does it replace?
A:  The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS is an enthusiast GPU for AGP users. It offers a very nice bang-for-the-buck.  GeForce 7800 GS represents an upgrade from the GeForce 6800 GT with its advanced GeForce 7 Series
features and performance at a competitive price.  It will extend the life of many enthusiasts’ PCs that require AGP graphics.

Q:  Will you continue to make AGP parts moving forward?
A: We do not discuss unannounced products.  However, thanks to our high-speed interconnect (HSI) chip, we have the flexibility to create a single GPU that will support PCI Express and AGP. 

Q:  Will you make a PCI Express version of this chip?
A:  We have no plans to productize a PCI Express version of the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS.

Q:  Is this a hard launch with immediate availability?
A:  Yes.  For this launch, we are partnering with Best Buy stores.  The boards are at (or on their way) to all the Best Buy stores, and you will be able to purchase them in Best Buy on Sunday, February 5, 2006, and in
e-tail on Monday, February 6, 2006.  We are announcing on Thursday, February 2, 2006, because Friday, Saturday and Sunday are not ideal days to do a product launch, and we need to announce the product so consumers know what it is when it hits store shelves on Sunday morning.

Q: Does the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS support all AGP bus specifications?
A:  Yes, it will work in any AGP 4X or 8X-compliant system.

Q:  What is the recommended power supply?
A:  NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS-based cards requires a 350 watt power supply.

Q:  How much memory bandwidth does the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS have?
A: The GeForce 7800 GS has 38.4 GB per second of memory bandwidth.

Q:  Is this a native AGP part or does it use a bridge chip?
A: AGP-based NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS boards feature NVIDIA high-speed interconnect (HSI) technology, a bi-directional PCI Express-to-AGP bridge.

Q:  Does the HSI (or a bridge chip) affect the performance of the board?
A: No.  We have used the HSI chip on many products in the past, and the performance is fine.

Q:  How many pixel pipes does the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP have?
A:  The GeForce 7800 GS AGP has 16 pixel pipes.

Q:  How many vertex shaders does the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP have?
A: The GeForce 7800 GS AGP has 6 vertex shaders.

Q:  What is the core clock of the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP?
A: The GeForce 7800 GS AGP has a 375MHz core clock.

Q:  What is the memory clock of the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP?
A:  The memory clock is determined by the add-in card partner.  However you will see a number of GeForce 7800 GS AGP-based graphics cards with a memory clock at 600MHz.

Q:  Does the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS have NVIDIA PureVideo technology?
A:  Yes, like all GeForce 7 Series GPUs, the GeForce 7800 GS AGP features PureVideo.

Q:  What kind of memory is on the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS card?
A:  GDDR3 memory.

Q:  What is the memory interface for this GPU?
A:  The NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS AGP has a 256-bit memory interface.

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