Tech wise, the GeForce 6800 is the only card currently that supports Pixel Shader 3.0. It’s been highly touted by NVIDIA and the patch to show off the power of Pixel Shader 3.0 in Far Cry
should be out soon. Future games will probably start taking advantage of the technology and right now, only NVIDIA 6800 cards support it.
Leadtek’s got a decent bundle with this card including two great games in Splinter Cell : Pandora Tomorrow
and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
. The other two games, Gun Metal
and Big Mutha Trucker
aren’t really anything to write about. But, the first two are very fun to play and great additions to your library.
Plugging the card into my system, I was happy to find that the fan was rather quiet even when playing games. It was hardly noticeable and I applaud Leadtek for trying to make a quieter card. I did have an issue if the card was parallel to the ground, like in some tower cases, there was a loud grinding sound as if the fan is hitting a wire. Leadtek assured me that this was not an issue with the other boards they have so I’ll attribute this to a shipping defect. Placing my tower on the side allowed for quiet operation. (Update - I seem to have fixed the problem by jiggling the card's heating unit a little bit. It's all quiet now when standing up.)
To test the card, I ran it in this system against a Sapphire X800 Pro
2 Crucial PC3200 256-MB sticks
Maxtor 120GIG 7200RPM HD
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 1
NVIDIA Forceware 61.45 drivers
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