The GeForce 6800 cards are hitting the market and we’re fortunate to be able to get our hands on a production card from Leadtek. Our first look at a GeForce 6800 card will be the Leadtek WinFast A400 GT TDH
. It’s the middle of the road GeForce 6800 card and we’ll pit it against the Radeon X800 Pro
to see how well NVIDIA’s offering is.
This is a stock pic from Leadtek. My camera died so I didn't have another digital camera to take a picture. The picture that Leadtek gave me seems to be the Ultra version here and not the GT version as it has two molex connectors and two DVI connectors.
Built on a 0.13 micron process, the WinFast A400 GT TDG
is the GeForce 6800 GT variant from Leadtek. The Geforce 6800 GT features 16 pipelines and runs at 350MHz core speed and 500MHz memory speed. The card comes with 256MB of GDDR3 memory. Speed differences between the Ultra and Extreme versions are 50MHz on clock and memory per step up.
Leadtek’s design features their mesh screen fan that can get clogged up easily in dusty environments. You either like it or you don’t. I haven’t had many problems with my Leadtek cards with this grill but I am probably in the minority on this one as I’ve read many posts on this situation. The card also features a larger copper heatsink that does make this card take up two slots whereas the reference GeForce 6800 GT only takes up one slot. Because of this, placement in Shuttle cases is out of the question. Then again, would the Shuttle power supply be able to power this card? I don’t have a Shuttle system to test it so I wouldn’t know for sure. If not, then the case would be a moot point. For normal case users, some will care and some will not. Leadteak’s larger design does allow them to use a larger yet slower fan to try and decrease the noise level. Leadtek’s box states that the design allows for less than 30Db of sound so we’ll see if the larger cooling solution produces less sound.
Unlike the Ultra version, the GT version only requires and is outfitted with one molex connector. A 300-watt power supply is recommended for this card. Since we’ll be using a Zalman 400-watt power supply to test the card, we shouldn’t have any problems with power requirements. Also unlike the Ultra reference card, there’s only one DVI connector.
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