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Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO (GeForce 7800 GTX)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Vijay Anand on Thursday, 30th June, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  


Leadtek Charges In With The G70

When NVIDIA mentioned that their latest flagship, the GeForce 7800 GTX, is available now from all their major vendors, they weren't just trying to smother you up. Unlike in the past where there were long pauses between official graphics card product launches and the actual hardware availability, NVIDIA this time round has worked really hard to ensure that's a bygone fact. Indeed by the launch date, there were already limited quantities of the GeForce 7800 GTX floating about. Within mere days of the launch, near full-scale availability was achieved. This is really an unparalleled move in recent times that has brought NVIDIA into the spotlight of their close partners (and consumers) for delivering a product that's not only made official, but can be bought the very same day. Seldom would you find such tightly knit launches in the electronics and IT world, but every now and then, they do take place and this time it was NVIDIA's turn to keep its promise.

The striking box packaging of the Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO.

Leadtek was among the most renowned NVIDIA-only graphics card launch partners and they helped ensure NVIDIA's statements came true with their WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO. We were lucky to obtain a sample early enough for this full review that's just days after NVIDIA's launch and our full-blown coverage of the new GPU. If you happened to miss our NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX article, we highly recommend you to read that up here , which will get you up to date on quite a few matters pertaining graphics technology, direction and of course just how well the new GPU fares. For those of you who had your dose of GPU technology updates, we'll commence this review with the Leadtek card's technical specifications:-

Leadtek WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO Technical Specifications
Graphics Engine
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX GPU
    • Stock 2D GPU clock = 275MHz
    • Stock 3D GPU clock = 450MHz
  • NVIDIA CineFX 4.0 Shading Engine
    • Vertex Shaders
      • Support for DX 9.0 Vertex Shader 3.0
      • Displacement Mapping
      • Vertex Frequency Stream Divider (Geometry Instancing)
      • Infinite length vertex programs (supported in hardware)
    • Pixel Shaders
      • Support for DX 9.0 Pixel Shader 3.0
      • Full pixel branching support
      • Multiple Render Targets (MRTs)
      • Infinite length pixel programs (supported in hardware)
    • Texturing Engine Features
      • Accelerated textures access
      • Up to 16 textures per rendering pass
      • Support  for 16-bit and 32-bit floating point formats
      • Support for sRGB texture format for gamma textures
      • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
    • Full 128-bit FP Precision Graphics Pipeline
      • Native support for 32 / 64 / 128 bits per pixel rendering modes
  • 64-Bit Texture Filtering and Blending
  • NVIDIA UltraShadow II Technology (accelerates shadow  computations)
  • NVIDIA SLI Technology
  • NVIDIA Intellisample 4.0 Technology
    • 16x Anisotropic Filtering
    • Adaptive Texture Filtering
    • Gamma-adjusted Rotated Grid Antialiasing
    • Transparent multisampling and supersampling modes
    • Fast antialiasing and compression performance
    • Loss-less Color, Texture and Z-Data Compression algorithms (in real time)
    • Fast Z-clear
    • Support for normal map compression
  • NVIDIA PureVideo Technology
    • Dedicated programmable on-chip video processor
    • MPEG-2 video encode and decode
    • High Definition MPEG-2 and WMV9 hardware decode acceleration (up to 1080i)
    • Post Processing Features
      • Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing (adaptive)
      • NTSC 3:2 Pulldown / Bad Edit correction
      • PAL 2:2 Pulldown correction
    • High quality 4x5 video scaling and filtering
    • Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR)
    • Integrated HDTV output (with HDCP support)
  • Composited Desktop Hardware Engine (for Windows Longhorn)
  • Advanced Video and Display Functionality
    • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs that support resolutions of 2048x1536@85Hz
    • Dual DVO ports for interfacing external TMDS transmitters and external TV/HDTV encoder
    • nView Multi-display Technology
  • NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
  • Designed for PCI Express x16
  • Advanced thermal monitoring and thermal management
Graphics Memory
  • 256-bit memory interface
  • 256MB Graphics DDR3 SDRAM
  • Default clock rate of 625MHz (effective speed of 1250MHz DDR)
  • 40.0GB/sec Peak Memory Bandwidth
Display Capabilities
  • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs that support resolutions of 2048x1536@85Hz
  • Integrated dual TMDS transmitters (DVI 1.0 compliant and HDCP ready)
Connectors
  • 1x mini-DIN connector (for Video-out)
  • 2x DVI-I connector (for Digital Flat Panel displays, compatible with analog displays with converter)
Drivers & Software
  • Driver support for Microsoft Windows 9x/ME/2000/XP/XP MCE/XP Pro x64, Linux and Macintosh OS (including OS X)
  • Leadtek WinFast PVR
  • Leadtek WinFox 2.0 Utilities
  • CyberLink PowerDVD 6.0 (2-channel)
  • muvee autoProducer 3.5
  • Ulead VideoStudio 8 SE DVD
  • Ulead Cool 3D 3.0 SE
  • DVD MovieFactory 3 SE
  • Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (full game)
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (full game)
Other Information
  • PCI Express x16 slot required
  • Adjacent expansion slot to be kept free preferably
  • Dedidcated 6-pin PCIe Molex power connector required (not shared or split)
  • Power supply rated for 350W or higher receommended by NVIDIA (500W PSU for SLI setup)

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