Overall, BFG GeForce 7800GS OC has left a very good impression. It's a well
crafted fast video card with a good cooling system. There is a good overclocking
potential, and even ascetical retail bundle doesn't prevent from recommending
this video card as an upgrade solution for AGP based computers. Finally, there
is a lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
A few words about two other contestants. ASUS GeForce 6600GT Top isn't a bad
card to have in means of performance, but there are some complaints about its
cooling system — the fan is loud too much, and even considering that the
fine copper radiator looks promising, the whole cooling system has been pushed
to its limits, so don't expect good overclocking results. In fact, this video
card has been overclocked already by the manufacturer. That's difficult to say
anything really positive about Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro. It is built of
inexpensive parts including a thin aluminium radiator of some wicked shape. It
accommodates a PCIe to AGP bridge chip (RIALTO) which gets hot very much under
heavy load, and you may guess that there is no radiator installed.
The author thanks to:
- BFG Technologies and
personally to Michael Proshletsov for a BFG GeForce 7800GS OC 256Mb AGP;
- PatriArch North-West and personally to Andrew Kozhevnikov for a Sapphire
Radeon X1600 Pro 256Mb AGP;
- Andrew Zabrowski aka B.R@ven for an ASUS GeForce 6600GT Top 128Mb AGP.