Reference On The Outside, Overclocked On The Inside
In the realm of high-end graphics cards, originality (or the lack of) becomes an issue that enthusiasts face these days. While one can't buy NVIDIA-made graphics cards, getting one from any one of its partner vendors is pretty much the same. These high-end graphics cards are so complex that often a select few manufacturers produce them, which are then sent to the respective graphics card vendors to repackage them with their own bundle and perhaps with a slightly different trimming at most. This commonly occurs for brand new products where vendors do not have the luxury of time to design and test their own custom cooling solutions to stand out from the competition. This exact situation has presented itself countless times in our various high-end graphics card reviews and Leadtek's early foray with the GeForce 7800 GTX has resulted in a card the looks identical to those reference cards sent by NVIDIA for the our previous article.
Haven't we seen this before somewhere? Well, it's an exact copy of the reference GeForce 7800 GTX design, but Leadtek has stamped on the two identification stickers to ensure their branding is present. Not only that, but the new pre-overclocked BIOS sets the card's clock speeds at 450/1250 MHz.
Since we've completely dismantled the reference card for a good inspection, we'll point you to the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX article in our Relevant Links section if you are keen to have a good look at the card's build. You can expect most other vendors for the moment to feature an almost identical GeForce 7800 GTX offering, but what makes each stand out for the moment would be the individual vendor's after sales support, the product pricing and the equally important product packaging. Here's what Leadtek stashed away in the bright yellow box packaging of the WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO:-
2 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
VIVO and Component output cable dongle
6-pin PCIe to 4-pin Molex power plug converter
Leadtek WinFast Graphics Series quick installation guide
Leadtek WinFast Graphics Series general guide
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
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Since this is a 'MyVIVO' series product, the graphics card has a Philips SAA7115 discrete video decoder IC integrated onboard, which provides the card with the necessary hardware that enables it to perform analog video captures via Composite and S-Video connections. As such, Leadtek ensured all the necessary cables and software are bundled for the end-user to make use of the features right out of the box. In fact, we have to commend Leadtek for a well thought-out software and game bundle that are kept fresh and relevant to the high-end enthusiasts aiming for this caliber of graphics cards.
Take note that Leadtek has just posted a new BIOS on their website for the WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO which presets the GPU to 450MHz and the memory at 1250MHz DDR. Upcoming batches of the Leadtek card will be using this new BIOS, but for those who've already purchased the initial batches or will be getting one from the stores soon, you can download and flash the video BIOS to obtain to benefit from the better performance too. If you are concerned about voiding your warranty, Leadtek has assured its customers that they will honor their warranty terms to cover this speed bump via their new BIOS update.