Gigabyte GV-NX78T256V-B 7800GT Video Card Review :: Introduction

10-17-2005 · Category: Hardware - Video Cards

By Benjamin Sun

GIGABYTE is a leading manufacturer of video cards, motherboards, mini-systems, wireless communications equipment and other computer components in Taiwan and around the world. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE has over 6000 employees, or more than ATI, NVIDIA, S3 and XGI (the 4 main graphics card manufacturers) combined. They manufacture video cards based upon both ATI and NVIDIA chipsets. I have reviewed many Gigabyte motherboards and video cards over the years.

NVIDIA was founded in 1993. They were a small company with only about 400 employees as of 5 years ago (2000). Today, NVIDIA has gross revenue of over $2 Billion USD a year and over 2100 employees. Along with ATI they form a duopoly in standalone graphics chips. NVIDIA announced their first Shader Model 3.0 video chip in April of last year, the NV4x architecture. Cards in the architecture include the 6800 Ultra, the 6800GT, the 6800, the 6600GT, the 6600, the 6200 and the 6200 with Turbo Cache.

On June 22nd, 2005 NVIDIA announced their next generation cards the 7800GTX. This replaced the NV4x architecture at the high-end. With new features like 24 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex shaders, the 7800GTX outperforms two 6800 Ultras in many cases. August saw the introduction of the second NVIDIA card based upon the G70 architecture, the 7800GT. Today, I'm reviewing GIGABYTE's implementation of the 7800GT card, the GIGABYTE GV-NX78T256V-B.