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Leadtek Winfast GTX 260 Extreme+ Review

Price: $280 est.


A large piece of the market is at the mid-range gaming level. Not all consumers can afford the most powerful products, especially in times of economic downturn. The GTX 260 line is aimed for this market, providing high end gaming for a low price. Announced in early January, the latest Leadtek WinFast GTX 260 EXTREME+ (Leadtek Limited) with 216-shader processes and built on 55nm technology should fit the bill well, and hopefully overclock just as good!

The company Leadtek was founded on the 24th of October 1986, and is lead by chairman K. S. Lu. They offer a three-year warranty on video cards, which is one of their many lines of products that includes video conferencing/surveillance, workstation and desktop graphics cards, transcoding cards, GPS, TV tuners, and much more.



Closer Look:

The box art has switched from robots to racecars, to give a better vision of the effect the company wishes to have: speedy. Robots are cool, but cars are fast. The message is clearer although the image is reminiscent of Abit motherboard box art. The front has a sneak peak at the card, which does still have a robot on it. Some of the key features are also listed like PCI Express 2.0 usage, 896MB GDDR3, and a silent heat sink. The back lists the features of the processing unit, and more information on the card like the 216 shader processes and 448-bit memory lanes in eight languages. The contents are also listed on the back.



The sides are virtually the same, except an additional patch containing barcodes and product numbers. The other information is reiterated from the front of the box. The sides are the same, and again reiterate the front’s features, and also the system requirements. The major requirements are a PCI Express slot and 500w power supply with 12-volt rail(s) providing 36 amps.



With the box open, a formed foam block has a cutout for the adapters and other peripherals. The manual and driver disk sit neatly on the video card, which is surrounded in protection, including the anti-static bag, which is sealed with tap at the end – helping to keep dust from getting on it. Hidden underneath the driver disk is a free game called Overlord. Also included is a DVI-HDMI adapter, DVI-VGA, HDMI audio cable, manual, component out, and two 6-pin power connectors with both male and female Molex connections.



Lets see what Leadtek has brought to the table with their latest spin of the GTX 260!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers and Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing (Setup & Overclocking)
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis-Warhead
  8. Testing: BioShock
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Dead Space
  11. Testing: Fallout 3
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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