If you don’t mind the large cooler, then Leadtek’s WinFast PX7800 GTX TDH MyVIVO Extreme is a very nice card. I think Leadtek could have been more creative and come up with a single-slot "extreme" cooler, but the included one does a very fine job, keeping the GPU at about 35°C when idle. I am a fan of factory overclocks and really appreciate Leadtek’s generous core overclock of 490MHz. Memory running at 1.25GHz is also pretty nice.
Like all other high-end cards, the biggest drawback of the Leadtek 7800 GTX Extreme is its price. At the time of writing, it could be found for around $500. So, to run SLI with this beast, you’d have to drop a cool grand. Some people can do that; most of us can’t. Still, it’s a good card to consider if you want to start with one GTX now and plan to get a second one later.
Published in: Graphics Cards on 2005-12-13