The following is a quote from a petition started by Leon Roy on petitiononline.com:
Dear NVIDIA and partners,
We, the undersigned feel obliged to request an AGP variant of the Geforce 7800 GTX graphics card.
We feel that an AGP version of the card will be viable as a great many of us have fast AGP based systems which would benefit greatly from a Geforce 7800 GTX upgrade.
We humbly request such a board be produced and declare that we will be first in line to play our games the way they are 'meant to be played',
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS Reference Board
The BFG GeForce 7800 GS AGP
Leon’s petition, which to date has drawn over 6,400 signatures, was one of many pleas from the public for NVIDIA to release AGP-based GeForce 7800 card. Not only have we seen the requests here on FS in the news comments from readers in our GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB Preview and GeForce 7800 GT Preview launch articles, NVIDIA has received countless appeals in the forums of their nZone website; we’d bet most of NVIDIA’s board partners have seen their fair share requests for a GeForce 7800 AGP too!
For all of you who have begged, pleaded, and petitioned NVIDIA and their board partners to release a GeForce 7800 AGP graphics card, our review today of BFG’s GeForce 7800 GS OC AGP must provide a sense of redemption: finally you’ve won! As today NVIDIA’s officially announcing the GeForce 7800 GS AGP, and like previous GeForce 7800 launches, today’s announcement is a hard launch, meaning you can go out today and buy a GeForce 7800 GS AGP card at your local retailer, e-tailers should have their respective GeForce 7800 GS cards online for sale by next Monday, February 6th.
As its name implies the GeForce 7800 GS AGP is based on the exact same architecture as the GeForce 7800 GTX that was first launched in June 2005. This means that you’ve not only got NVIDIA’s CineFX 4.0 architecture with its more robust pixel and vertex shading units and support for transparency anti-aliasing, but also NVIDIA’s PureVideo technology. GeForce 6800, 6800 GT, and 6800 Ultra cards based on NVIDIA’s NV40 GPU didn’t provide support for PureVideo.
The GeForce 7800 GS isn’t exactly a direct AGP translation of the GeForce 7800 GT/GTX however. NVIDIA’s made a couple of key changes that will ensure that the GeForce 7800 GT and 7800 GTX remain at the top of the heap in their lineup when it comes to performance. Let’s see what has changed with this new GPU.