Leadtek WinFast PX7950 GT TDH Extreme 512mb
Posted by: Phantom on: 11.12.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Again like the previous Leadtek card we looked at the box is very secure, again Leadtek have got it right with a box big enough for the card, but not a box that could fit 10 unlike some other manufactures that oversize GFX card boxes.
Taking the contents of the box out reveals the card, HDTV / TV out leads, a Molex to PCI-E power connector, a manual, driver CD and two games (spellforce 2 and serious sam) again I would like to see some sort of mail in game offer as 70% of the time most of you will have the included titles or donít like them much. With game download retailers (Steam) for instance Graphics card manufactures can really give the choice that some would want. It is not a downside as no one offers it yet, but I believe the card suppliers should look into it.
The card itself is what I would call in standard guise apart from the Leadtek, logo and sticker.† Although different from other AIB partners it does not look that impressive, but with the card clock up over the standard version of the 7950GT it certainly is up to the job.
One thing that is appealing is the fact the cooler remains a single slot solution, which means running in a SLI configuration this card will not kill of any of your PCI-E or PCI slots. Which means you will have more space for other things in the rig and still run SLI.
The rear of the card is empty from mem chips as well as screws, if you take a closer look you can see the card only has a few in use keeping the cooler attached,. Which means you can update that cooler to a better one if you want to keep the noise down.
The PCI-E power connector is not out of place either, I like the fact the cooler is small (yet pretty quite as we later found out) here take a look at it compared to its much larger older 7800GTX brother.
As you can see the 7950GT is much smaller in length than its much bigger and longer than the performance setting, 7800GTX . it has been the card to beat in my opinion and with the 7900GTX and 7950GX2 offering only slightly better performance improvements over it the 7800GTX is still the card to beat in the Nvidia world (although the 8800s do it in style) and a great example to compare the 7950GT with.
At the rear we have 2 DVl outís and a S video type port, overall the card is well made and should perform well so let us get on with testing and find out is it worth all that hard earned cash over the standard version or if it is as good or anywhere near its older 7800GTX sibling. Let us move on and find out shall we.
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