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Gigabyte GV-N68U256D (GeForce 6800 Ultra)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 30th November, 2004
Rating : 5 out of 5 stars  

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Some of us might scoff at the thought of one spending about a thousand dollars (we mean Singapore dollars here) on just a graphics card. What's more is that the person might not even be the typical hardcore gamer that we so often classify. Besides an expensive ego trip, there are other proper reasons for splurging, but is it generally justifiable? The answer is a quite a resounding yes and it's simply because purchasing a more powerful graphics card enables one to hold on to the card a lot longer than someone who spent half that amount or less. You may not realize but the lifecycle of a mid-range graphics card in a typical DIY gamer's machine 'expires' quicker than someone who went for the top-of-the-range. Over a span of a few years, the net expenditure by both parties would more or less even out.

Of course we are not saying that all of us should storm out and get the best there is out there, as it very much depends on the system(s) at hand and the usage patterns to warrant the upgrade. For example, if you have multiple systems for multiple users and assuming most of them would require a system decent enough for gaming, you'll likely be better off purchasing mid-range graphics cards periodically so as to ease your cash management and as well as having an excuse to try out newer technology for the same price yearly or half-yearly. For those of us with limited systems, or have designated only one system for gaming, splurging for the top-end graphics card is a very viable option, provided you have the cash upfront. After acquiring the top-end card and due to its sheer lump cost, many users are usually quite cautious on graphics card upgrades and try their best to maximize the card before they bid it farewell. Hence, the vicious cycle for the next best card begins all over again.

For the high-flyers, we bring you yet another GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics card worthy of your pursuit and this time it's from Gigabyte with their GV-N68U256D.

Here is an overall view of Gigabyte's extra lengthy box package and their GeForce 6800 Ultra card itself.

The complete product inventory for the Gigabyte GeForce 6800 Ultra is as follows:-

  • Gigabyte GV-N68U256D graphics card
  • 2x DVI-I to Analog VGA converter
  • 1x S-Video to Composite converter cable
  • 1x Y-Power cable connector
  • Gigabyte GV-N68U series user's manual
  • CyberLink Power DVD 5.0
  • Gigabyte V-Tuner II overclocking utility
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows (full game, 1 CD)
  • Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising (full game, 1 CD)
  • SpellForce: The Order Of Dawn (full game, 2 CDs)

    We've got to admit, Gigabyte has really worked on their game bundling and this current game combination is simply amazing. All three games are of completely different genre so each of them offers a unique game play perspective. They are all fairly recent game titles and have been highly regarded in the gaming community and garnered favorable reviews such as those from GameAxis. The Gigabyte GV-N68U256D isn't a VIVO-enabled graphics card (only TV output available), so its accompanying software was kept simple and neat with just the PowerDVD software and Gigabyte's monitoring and overclocking tool. In the accessories department, CRT owners would be rather pleased to know that the package supplies dual DVI to analog VGA converter plugs.

    Besides the Y-power cable connectors, other accessories of the card include an S-Video to Composite converter and two DVI-I to DB15 analog VGA converter plugs.

    Let's move on and have a closer look at the graphics card itself, but first up is the overall technical specifications of the product.
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