Gainward PowerPack! Ultra/2100 Geforce
6800 Golden Sample 128MB Review - Page 2 of 7
By John Grabski - September 27, 2004
The box supplied by Gainward was quite large and roomy, but the single-slot
version is a bit more scaled-down. The print/logo layout is similar to all other
Gainward products, so it doesn't look unfamiliar at all.
Word has it the pixel-shaded tape on her face
symbolizes SM 3.0 compliance.
Here's what you get when you open the box. No, it
doesn't actually pop out like that though.
Gainward includes the basics in this package, to keep the cost down. In the box
is the card, a DVI-VGA adapter, an S-Video-RCA TV-Out adapter, a power plug
splitter, Gainward's Quick Start manual, a driver disc (which includes
Gainward's eXperTool overclocking software), a copy of InterVideo's WinDVD 4,
Muvee 3 Video Editing software, and the game Arx Fatalis, which is an innovative
first-person RPG game. Let's look at the card now.
The design from this review reminds the reviewer of the
Leadtek Boombox design. However, on this design, both fans push the air inward.
The fans also feature red LED's which look pretty cool during operation, if
you're one of those people who enjoy that sort of thing. Worth mentioning is the
fan noise, which although there's two, it still does not sound any louder than
an MSI 5900XT or BFG 5900XTOC, and can only faintly be heard if you open the
case window and listen hard.
The backside of this card is standard fare, adhering to
nVidia's request for ram chips to all be on the front side of the card for a
more compact cooling arrangement.
Top Cover Removed
Naked! ...Well, kinda. This just shows you a better look at the cooling
design sans the cover.