Reviewed: June 12, 2005
Reviewed by: Mark Smith
Type: 3D Video Card
Warranty: 3 Years
What's in the boxWinFast PX6600 GT TDH graphics card
DVI to VGA adapter
-- DVD Player
-- WinFox II
-- Cult 3D
-- Coloreal Embedded
-- Coloreal Visual
-- Coloreal Bright
-- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (full)
-- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (full)
System RequirementsWindows XP/2000
Minimum 300W System Power Supply
PCI Express Compliant Motherboard
Two spare molex power connectors
CD or DVD Drive
VGA or DVI-I Compatible Monitor
Review SystemAMD 64 4000+ Clawhammer
nForce 4 Motherboard
3 GB PC3200 RAM
Windows XP Pro SP2
Western Digital Caviar 300GB SATA
SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS
Sony Multiscan W900 Monitor
If there is one thing you can count on at E3 it’s that NVIDIA will be showcasing a new 3D video card. It’s usually a card that you can’t buy yet, but 80% of the PC games at the show are running (and relying) on it already. This year that card was the new GeForce 6800 series, a major leap forward in technology and third party manufacturers were already lining up at the door to deliver their own products based on this amazing chipset.
Leadtek was one of the first manufacturers to release their new line of cards, and as always they have several variations to fit the needs and budget of most gamers. The card we are reviewing today is the Leadtek WinFast PX6800 GT TDH, which is the PCI-Express version of the A400 we reviewed last year.
This particular card differs from the Ultra in clock speed and memory rate but the differences are negligible, making this particular model the perfect “next step” for those looking to graduate from AGP without spending more than $400. And let’s face it. You’ve seen some of the PC games that are coming out this year. Quake 4 and the upcoming F.E.A.R. simply aren’t going to run the way you want them to unless you have something at least as powerful as this card.
To sweeten the package, Leadtek builds upon the solid performance of the 6800 GT by adding a substantial software suite full of utilities, DVD player, and some quality AAA game titles – games you might really want to play and games that utilize the power of this card. The features and specs speak for themselves. This is one hot video card.
- GPU GeForce 6800 GT
- Memory size 256MB DDR3
- Memory Interface 256-bit
- Graphics Bus PCI Express
- GPU/Memory clock 350/500 MHz
- Memory bandwidth( GB/sec.) 32
- Fill Rate(billion texels/sec) 5.6
- Vertices/sec (million) 525
- Pixels per clock (peak) 16
- RAMDACs (MHz) 400
- Process 0.13µ
- Output TV out, DVI
- On-board DVI support up to 1600x1200 resolution
Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 Support|
Ensures top-notch compatibility and performance for all DirectX 9 applications, including Shader Model 3.0 titles.
NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 Engine
Powers the next generation of cinematic realism. Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 enables stunning and complex special effects. Next-generation shader architecture delivers faster and smoother gameplay.
UltraShadow II Technology
Enhances the performance of bleeding-edge games, like id Software's Doom III, that feature complex scenes with multiple light sources and objects. 2nd-generation technology delivers more than 4x the shadow processing power over the previous generation.
OpenGL® 1.5 Optimizations and Support
Ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all OpenGL applications.
High-Speed GDDR3 Memory Interface |
Support for the world's fastest GDDR3 memory delivers fluid frame rates for even the most advanced games and applications.
VIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Ready
Dramatically scales performance by allowing two graphics cards to be run in parallel.
PCI Express Support
PCI Express is a new Intel bus architecture that doubles the bandwidth of the AGP 8X bus, delivering over 4 GB per second in both upstream and downstream data transfers.
On-Chip Video Processor
Delivers unmatched video performance, features, and quality. Next-generation PC games are not the only applications demanding more from today ' s graphics cards. Consumers are demanding top notch DVD playback, television encoding and decoding, and support for high-definition television formats from their PC.
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