ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT vs NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX

Price now 176$
Games supported 49%
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
  • Interface PCIe 1.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 430 MHz
  • Max video memory 256 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1200 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
  • Interface PCIe 1.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 800 MHz
  • Max video memory 256 MB
  • Memory type GDDR3
  • Memory clock speed 1400 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 219$
Games supported 49%

General info

GPU architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters compared.

Place in performance rating10621070
Value for money0.01no data
ArchitectureCurie (2003−2013)TeraScale (2005−2013)
GPU code nameG70RV630
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date22 June 2005 (17 years old)28 June 2007 (15 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$599 $199
Current price$176 (0.3x MSRP)$219 (1.1x MSRP)
Value for money

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA coresno data120
Core clock speed430 MHz800 MHz
Number of transistors302 million390 million
Manufacturing process technology110 nm65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)86 Watt45 Watt
Texture fill rate10.326.400
Floating-point performanceno data192 gflops

Dimensions and compatibility

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

InterfacePCIe 1.0 x16PCIe 1.0 x16
Length228 mmno data
Supplementary power connectorsno dataNone


Parameters of VRAM installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Integrated GPUs have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR3GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount256 MB256 MB
Memory bus width256 Bit128 Bit
Memory clock speed1200 MHz1400 MHz
Memory bandwidth38.4 GB/s22.4 GB/s

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors2x DVI, 1x S-Video2x DVI, 1x S-Video

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX9.0c (9_3)10.0 (10_0)
Shader Model3.04.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

7800 GTX 0.73
ATI HD 2600 XT 0.71
  • Passmark


This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 24%

7800 GTX 290
ATI HD 2600 XT 282

GeForce 7800 GTX outperforms Radeon HD 2600 XT by 3% in Passmark.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages and disadvantages

Performance rating 0.73 0.71
Recency 22 June 2005 28 June 2007
Cost $599 $199
Memory bus width 256 128
Memory bandwidth 38.4 22.4
Chip lithography 110 nm 65 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 86 Watt 45 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX
GeForce 7800 GTX


ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Radeon HD 2600 XT

The differences in performance seem too small.

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Competitors of GeForce 7800 GTX by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce 7800 GTX from AMD is Radeon HD 7450A, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 2 positions in our rating.

AMD Radeon HD 7450A Radeon HD 7450A

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce 7800 GTX:

Cedar 104.11
GeForce 7800 GTX 100

Competitors of Radeon HD 2600 XT by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 2600 XT's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce 7800 GTX, which is faster by 3% and higher by 8 positions in our performance rating.

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GeForce 7800 GTX

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Radeon HD 2600 XT:

Radeon HD 2600 XT 100

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User rating

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