Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS AGP
One last gasp for AGP?
At a stated £229 including VAT and available almost immediately at your favourite retailer, the GeForce 7800 GS AGP looks like the best last-gasp option for AGP system users before they are forced into a jump to PCI Express.
While GeCube announced AGP-based Radeon X1600 boards recently and there are whispers of Sapphire doing the same, they've yet to hit retail or be announced by ATI in any formal fashion. They'll be the only brand new competition for 7800 GS from ATI, as the war on the AGP front draws to a close.
As the 7800 GS approaches the sub-£200 price point it almost becomes a mandatory purchase on AGP, based on performance numbers we've obtained with the BFG card so far. It beings enough extra performance and image quality to beat the 6800 GS as the best Nvidia AGP product you can get your hands on, and for the system I might have had I'd likely be picking one up today if I was buying brand new.
So the G70 powers another sales winner it appears, and the GeForce 7800 GS AGP seems like an attractive parts for those determined to stick with AGP. While PCI Express systems have large inherent platform benefits over even the best AGP-only systems - and it's really worth examining the switch if you can - this new AGP SKU will do the hangers-on just nicely.