Palit 7800GT Blitz (GeForce 7800 GT 256MB)

The Palit 7800GT Blitz

The Palit 7800GT Blitz

Our previous experience with a Palit graphics card was quite a positive one, as Palit overclocked the default Radeon X550 to an impressive amount. The same could be said of the Palit 7800GT Blitz. Instead of the 2.0ns DDR3 memory chips found on the standard GeForce 7800 GT, Palit has used faster but more expensive chips rated at 1.4ns. This allowed it to be overclocked to 1300MHz DDR, a full 300MHz more than the default frequency. The core has also been overclocked from the usual 400MHz to 450MHz, which is quite decent, though obviously not as spectacular as its memory clock speeds. All this overclocking makes for a very fast card and we shall see how it performs in our benchmarks later. The card itself is no ordinary reference PCB design but rather an in-house design to better suit Palit's needs and in fact helps to reduce the overall cost of the product judging by the design choices and the type of power components used.

Red PCB for an NVIDIA card? You know at once that this is no reference card. The PCB design and power deliver circuitry are clearly different from the reference version in a bid to curb costs and better customize the card for its requirements.

The back of the card is similar to the reference card, with no memory chips or back plates. However, the overall PCB design, trace routes and surface mount components placed clearly differ from the reference.

The cooler found on the Palit Blitz is not the one found on the reference card. Instead, it is similar to those found on the GeForce 6800 GT.

The higher clock speeds with the resultant heat is cooled by a heatsink that should be familiar to some, being identical to those found on the GeForce 6800 GT. The upright aluminum fins help to dissipate the heat generated, while the heatsink uses a copper base for better heat conduction from the core. This cooler is not the quietest of coolers, though the noise is still tolerable and only distinct during the more intensive benchmarking sessions. Mostly, the smart fan has been throttled to ensure a decent amount of peace.

Like most of the high-end graphics cards nowadays, there's no avoiding the need for drawing power directly from the PSU. For those who are more particular, you may be interested to know that this card uses Rubycon capacitors.

Nothing exceptional here, with the typical dual DVI-I and mini-DIN connectors configuration.

Unlike some of the messy packages filled to the brim with the cables and accessories, the ones found in the Palit 7800GT Blitz were neatly packed in a small cardboard box, separate from the included software. Only the bare essentials were included however, with one multi-purpose cable dongle and a DVI-to-VGA adaptor. The software was much better, though we would have preferred a newer version of CyberLink's Power DVD. Palit made up for it with two relatively new games from 2005, Second Sight and Conflict Global Storm that should entertain gamers for quite a while. Expect the following items to come with the Palit 7800GT Blitz:

  • DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component/S-Video output cable dongle
  • 6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
  • Driver CD
  • CyberLink Power DVD 5.0
  • Second Sight (full game)
  • Conflict Global Storm(full game)

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