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Chaintech GeForce AA6800 Apogee Review - Page 1 of 7

INTRODUCTION

The Chaintech brand name isn't as common as the other big players in the video card retail marketplace. Chaintech is aiming to change that with their Apogee brand of video cards. In a market filled to the brim with similar products, it is the subtle differences that can set one manufacturer apart from the competition. In some cases, unique products tend to command a higher retail price, but in many cases the investment is worthwhile.

Chaintech aims to provide consumers with multiple product configurations, which is the case with their standard GeForce 6800 and their GeForce 6800 AA6800 Apogee. While the AA6800 Apogee sports a slightly higher price tag, it offers higher clock speeds on both the GPU and memory than standard 6800-class units. The AA6800's core clocks in at 358MHz, 33MHz higher than the standard 325MHz. The 128MB of DDR memory runs at 770MHz, 70MHz higher than standard speeds.

The GeForce 6800 shares many of the characteristics of its higher powered siblings the GeForce 6800 GT and 6800 Ultra, however is slightly less powerful due to it dropping down to 12 pipelines from the 16 the GT and Ultra use.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 128 / 256MB 256-bit DDR Memory
  • Superscalar 16-pipe GPU Architecture
  • 0.13 Micron Process Technology
  • High-Speed 256-bit DDR Memory Interface with Advanced Memory Control
  • 0.13 micron process technology
  • Full-Speed 32-Bit Color Precision
  • AGP 8X interface
  • 12 Pixels/Clock Rendering Pipeline
  • NVIDIA CineFX 3.0 engine
  • NVIDIA UltraShadow II technology
  • NVIDIA Intellisample 3.0 technology
  • NVIDIA High-Precision Dynamic-Range (HPDR) technology
  • NVIDIA ForceWare Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • NVIDIA nView multi-display technology
  • NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control 3.0
  • 400MHz RAMDACs supports 2048x1536 resolution at 85Hz
  • Highest DVI output up to 1600x1200 resolution
  • 128-bit studio-precision computation
  • Integrated full MPEG encode and decode support
  • Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder up to 1024*768 resolution (not VIVO equipped)
  • DirectX 9.0 and OpenGL 1.5 optimizations and support

TESTING CONFIGURATION

System Specifications

  • Chaintech 9CJS Zenith
  • Intel Pentium4 2.4GHz
  • Kingston 1GB(512MBx2) PC-3500
  • Antec True Power 480W
  • Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 60GB 7200RPM ATA-133 Hard Disk Drive
  • Samsung 900NF CRT Monitor - 19-Inch
  • 32-Bit Color / Vsync Disabled / 85Hz Refresh Rate
  • Forceware 61.77 WHQL
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0c
  • Chaintech GeForce 6800 AA6800 Apogee @ default clocks (358/770)
BIOS Settings
  • Memory Timings 2-3-3-5
  • 800MHz Front Side Bus
Synthetic Benchmarks
  • X2-The Threat Rolling Demo
  • Final Fantasy XI Benchmark 2
Games Tested
  • Doom 3 - v1.0.1262 - Medium & High Quality
  • Unreal Tournament 2004 - v3270
  • Splinter Cell - v1.2
  • Need For Speed: Underground Demo
  • Race Driver 2 Demo


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Last Updated on October 31, 2004


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