As per usual, Leadtek’s card comes packaged in a sturdy box adorned with the company’s orange and white livery and a funky robot character. I always give Leadtek a bit of a dig when it comes to its box and card design as I think the garish colours and cartoon characters are a bit silly but these are only ever going to be minor points and the box does its job of protecting the card very well.
Aside from the card, what you get inside is a printed quick installation guide, a driver CD, a bonus software CD, a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2, a DVI-to-VGA converter, a dual Molex to six-pin power connector, and an analogue video breakout cable that has connections for component and S-Video. There are a couple of obvious things missing here that we would certainly rather see. The first is a DVI-to-HDMI converter to take advantage of the all 8800 GTS 512’s HD video capabilities and the second is an SLI connector, in case you later decide to go down the dual card route.
As I pointed out in my review of the Leadtek PX8800GT Extreme NeverwinterNights 2 is a decent game but it’s old and could be had second, or even first, hand for very little money so it adds little to the bundle in terms of value. However, you’d end up having to pay a little extra for the card was Leadtek to stump up the cash for a AAA title so it’s understandable. As they say, you pays you money, you takes your choice.
Talking of price, this is obviously something Leadtek has been aiming for as a quick glance at the usual etailers reveals this card to be among the cheapest available, even dropping below the £200 mark. Considering the MSRP is £220 and many 8800 GTs are still demanding close to £200, this is an absolute bargain. One assumes the prices will balance out over the coming weeks, with either the 8800 GT dropping in price or the 8800 GTS 512 staying at or above its MSRP. For now, though, there is little doubt which is the better option.
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