Reviewed: June 12, 2005
Type: 3D Video Card
What's in the box
-- WinFox II
-- Cult 3D
-- Coloreal Embedded
-- Coloreal Visual
-- Coloreal Bright
-- Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (full)
-- Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (full)
This has to be one of the best hardware bundles ever put together. Leadtek hasnít missed a thing, and you will probably find a few items in the box you wonít even know what to do with. They have provided every conceivable cable you might need to support all the features of the hardware and the software. The only thing they didnít provide was a Phillips screwdriver to install the card.
The fan was surprisingly quiet and it's position in my case was perfectly match to my side panel fan for even better colling. The other fans on my system are louder than these so I have to take off the side panel to even hear the hum of the video cooling system. You can monitor the temperature of the card using the new Detonator drivers. When the card isnít being taxed (like while writing this review) the GPU core temperature hovers at a steady 46 degrees Celsius. After 3-4 intense hours of Far Cry or my Doom 3 - the two most technologically demanding games I have at the moment, Iíve seen the temperature spike at 64 degrees Celsius. This is fairly impressive considering I am not overclocking the card and the core threshold is 120 Celsius.
Youíll also want to take note of the extra length and width that will render one of your PCI slots (the one adjacent to the PCI-E slot) useless. This also makes the card tricky and even impossible to install in some motherboards, even some of the newer ones. Depending on your case size and hard drive bay placement, you might have problems there too. More on that in the Installation section.
THE SOFTWARE BUNDLE
Leadtek knows why gamers buy powerful video cards Ė to play demanding video games, and this card comes bundled with some of the best games from the past year. But they have targeted more than just the high-end gamer with this new card by giving you all the tools to build your own video editing studio. The PX6800 GT TDH comes with everything you need to record, edit, and author your own digital video.