The Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B
Appearances seem to be one of the few avenues left to vendors when it comes to customizing their GeForce 7800 GTX at the moment. Even then, only the façade of the cooler is modified. The rest of the Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B is no different from any of the other cards available. Not that this is Gigabyte's fault; there has hardly been any time for any vendor to introduce major innovations for the GeForce 7800 GTX.
A reference cooler design with Gigabyte's touch.
Nothing out of the ordinary here. The cross-shaped retention bracket does not actually come in contact with the GPU.
Therefore, let us recap what has been said about the GeForce 7800 GTX: a single slot solution with an almost silent cooler on a slightly longer than usual, green printed circuit board. Standard features for this PCI Express only graphics card are its VIVO (Video-In, Video Out) capabilities and as appropriate for a next generation card, the analogue video outputs have been replaced with dual DVI-I outputs.
A mini-DIN output and a pair of DVI-I connectors.
The much-scrutinized G70 graphics processor on the Gigabyte card operates at the default frequency of 430MHz while the 1.6ns rated DDR3 RAM runs at 1200MHz DDR. Some vendors have elected to overclock their cards in the factory but not Gigabyte. We were a bit surprised not to find Gigabyte's usual overclocking software, V-Tuner in our package. However, that is probably because Gigabyte lacked the time to customize their utility to work with such a new card and we really hope to see its return in a later version.
The packaging on the Gigabyte GV-NX78X256V-B proclaims that it has more than $190 worth of bundled software inside. We are not contradicting this figure but the market price of the software does not take in account how desirable the software may be to the average user. This is especially so for the games. While rivals like Leadtek and MSI offer relatively new titles that will earn more than a nod of recognition from hardcore gamers, Gigabyte's bundle seems stale and unexciting. However, Gigabyte's inclusion of the latest CyberLink media applications like PowerDVD 6.0 is much welcomed and helps to blunt our disappointment with its games bundle.
1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
VIVO and Component output cable dongle
6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
Gigabyte User Manual
CyberLink PowerDVD 6.0
CyberLink PowerDirector 3.0ME
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