avatar  Inno3D GeForce 6800GS

With the introduction of the NVIDIA Geforce 6800GS, we see competition beginning to heat up in the mid range sector. Today, we take a look at one of the first 6800GS to hit the retail shelves, the Inno3D Geforce 6800GS. Look into this review to find out how it performs against an X800GTO, and its overclocking capabilities!

Recently, ATi has been doing some catching up work
with their new line up from the Radeon X1000 family of products. While NVIDIA
already has a formidable family with products catering to almost all segments
of the market, they are not letting their guards down to the red faction. Particularly
on the considerably large mid range market, NVIDIA plans to hold a strong
stance. The recently announced GeForce 6800GS is NVIDIA’s answer to ATi’s mid
range card segment, namely the Radeon X800GTO and X1600XT.

Although competing products from ATi had been
announced / launched months ago, it is still rather sad to say that not many of the new
X1000 mid range products actually manage to surface in the retail channels. For
now, the X1600XT still remains as something only available at the laboratories
and ATi is trying hard to bring them out before Christmas. While
the X800GTO has been embraced by various makers such as Sapphire, Connect3D, and
even Powercolor, it’s still probably a short term product to be replaced by the
X1600XT once it starts appearing.

NVIDIA on the other hand, promised availability of
their newly launched products especially during this year from the
introduction of the GeForce 7800GTX, to it’s little brother 7800GT, and now the
6800GS. Today, we take a look at the Inno3D GeForce 6800GS.
Being one of the first cards to appear in retail channels, Inno3D was certainly able to stock up with these cards as soon as they were announced by NVIDIA. Although the
card we will be looking here is a clone off the reference board, we still managed
to grasp some interesting insights from this card.


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The packaging of the Inno3D GeForce 6800GS we have in our labs.
Like most other Inno3D GeForce 6 family of cards, the packaging seems to be a
generic one through out.


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The familiar orange sticker on the packaging, stating the exact
model of the card included, and the summary of what’s included in the package.


Here’s some quick specifications on the card we’re looking at
today:


Graphics
Processing Unit

NVIDIA
GeForce 6800GS (NV41)


Interface

PCI Express
x16

Memory

256MB,
GDDR3 2.0ns, Samsung K4J55323QF-VC20


Pixel
Pipelines

12
Pixel Pipelines


Vertex
Pipelines

5
Vertex Pipelines


Memory
Interface

256-Bit


Core Clock

425
MHz


Memory Clock

1000
MHz


RAMDAC

400MHz


Max Resolution

2048 x 1536
@ 85Hz


Rear I/O Ports

1x VGA, 1x DVI, 1x S-Video /
TV-Out

Power
Connector

1X 6pin
PCIe Power Connector Required