Past month we went through our first batch
of 8800GTS 320MB cards. As some of the most respected manufacturers were still missing on our list we felt the need to get ourselves back behind the test setup to add another 4 models to our roundup. Part 2 covers ASUS, Calibre, Albatron and Leadtek.
is one of the bigger manufacturers we're including in our roundup. They provide a wide range of PC products and have proven to deliver very successful combinations in the past. They don't hesitate to design their own PCB or give us upgraded versions of the reference designs, though this time they decided to stick with NVIDIA's original 8800GTS drawings. Here is the EN8800GTS:
has been on the electronics market for more then two decennia. Though, while they originally were called Chun Yun Technology, it was only until 2002 when the 'Albatron' brand name was introduced. When Albatron launched their IT division they were beside ASUS and MSI the only companies to be INTEL Direct Account and NVIDIA certified vendor, and they only grow bigger since then. Their graphics team has been around since the very beginning of that IT department and is pleased to introduce us their newest addition to their 8800 gamma:
Almost from the outset in October 1986, Leadtek Research Inc.
embarked on a vision filled quest with pioneering designs for computer graphics products and motherboards. The fledgling company quickly claimed its 'realm' in a fiercely competitive market and began delivering copyrighted EGA BIOS and AT motherboards to an abidingly loyal clientele. So that by 1990, Leadtek's progress with quality graphics cards had resulted in global recognition for its popular brand name 'WinFast'. With the PX8800GTS TDH we're looking at the latest addition of more then 15 years experience, let's hope this card is as impressive as it may sound.
comes with its own series of cards and logo's, though underneath this brand name goes a manufacturer we've already been discussing in our previous 8800GTS roundup: Sparkle. With this new brand Sparkle is aiming for top quality products combining special feature's with elegant design and high performance components. For now, here is their entry:
Let's dig a little further into some specifications and what exactly is being added inside the box ->