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Review: Gainward's GeForce 6800 GT Ultra/2400 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell 256MB

by Tarinder Sandhu on 26 November 2004, 00:00

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Gainward GeForce 6800 GT Ultra/2400 Golden Sample Goes Like Hell 256MB

Here's a poser for you. Which card is faster: a GeForce 6800 GT or GeForce 6800 Ultra?. Hands up to those who replied with the latter option. You'd be right most of the time, too. Gainward, however, is wiping the slate clean, as far as premium GeForce 6800-series cards are concerned. Its ever-increasing catalogue contains some weird and wonderful cards that effectively blur the hierarchical differences that NVIDIA has laid out. Take a Gainward GeForce 6800 GT Ultra/2400 Golden Sample GLH 256MB as an example. It ships with a card BIOS that ticks along at 350MHz core and 1000MHz memory, and that's right on the button for 6800 GT cards. However, Gainward also promises, via its EXPERTOOL software, a minimum 'enhanced' speed of 400MHz core and 1200MHz memory. That, folks, is above most Ultra's base clocks, hence Gainward's Goes Like Hell nomenclature.

A couple of question that presents themselves is why would you want to purchase any Ultra model when Gainward's souped-up 6800 GT comes with a guarantee of an Ultra-matching core frequency and faster memory?, and has Gainward manufactured the ultimate GeForce 6800 GT?. Let's find out as we delve in for a closer look.