Club3D 7800GT 256mb pci-e
Posted by: Rack on: 31.12.2005 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
The card is very well packed in the box, and it is the first thing to greet you when you lift the lid in a background of pure white, excellent presentation. There are the two DVI to VGA connectors in the top as well.
Lifting up the foam we get to see the software and additional hardware: a 6-pin power connector for the card, a large S-video to composite vivo cable, the drivers, applications, and Colin McRae 5 game, which is a nice bonus. There aren’t many cables. An additional S-Video to S-video would be handy.
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The card itself uses the mundane green PCB and a grey covered heatsink on the GPU and memory… the 6-pin power connector is at the top rear of the card, which is a good spot for it, as then the cable will not run across the CPU heatsink. At the top left you can see the spot for the SLI bridge to link with another SLI card (hopefully of any type/brand as of the latest driver release from Nvidia).
It is a single slot standard heatsink. I am a little worried, as the specification says up to 100Watts will be produced by this card. That little fan is going to be running very fast. The Fan draws air in at the connector end and spits out warm air in pretty much the wrong direction for most people’s air-cooling setup…
The card comes with dual DVI connectors, both are DVI-A so can be used with the included adaptors for 2 VGA monitors as well. Other than those, there is the S-Video connector on the left.
The back only reveals by absence: there is no memory here. All 8 memory chips are underneath the heatsink on the top of the board.
I have to say the card on its own is very generic. I would hope in future designs Club 3D can do something a bit more original with the cooler, but the use of good quality wafer (circitboard) and capicitors could make up for that when it comes to clocking the card.
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