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Leadtek WinFast PX8800 GT 256MB (GeForce 8800 GT 256MB) review

Leadtek WinFast PX8800GT 256MB (GeForce 8800 GT 256MB)

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NVIDIA's Year

NVIDIA's Year

As 2007 draws to a close, it's that time of the year again. Nope, we're not talking about the holiday cheer but rather, that brief moment of retrospection as we step back and review what has gone by in the past 12 months. And what better way to summarize the year than to compile lists. You should be familiar now with all the top lists that the media produce at this time of the year. We too have our own version of the best products of the year.

So it's not surprising that most publications are dishing out awards as fast as they can before the year ends. What was quite unexpected to us was this: Forbes, as mainstream and Wall Street a publication you can get, has recently named NVIDIA as its Company of the Year. Now, it's not that we disagree with the award. Rather, we were taken aback because there are many more higher profile tech companies than NVIDIA out there. Names like Apple and Intel for instance that experienced a stellar year too. NVIDIA must have done something pretty spectacular to have earned this accolade.

One of the reasons why this year belonged to NVIDIA lies in our hands now - the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. While this GPU probably came too late this year to make too much of an impact on its market share, it does bring a level of performance unprecedented for its price and should ensure steady growth through the early months of 2008. No doubt, ATI has its own price competitive Radeon HD 3800 series to match but it has long lost the initiative and the market share reflects this, with 62% of the PC desktop graphics for NVIDIA.

Of course, NVIDIA too has had its woes, though it's a happy problem of not having enough G92 based graphics cards to meet demand (akin to the lack of Wii consoles to satisfy all demand). Nevertheless, it has gone ahead with the 256MB version of this popular GPU as it has previously announced and you should already be seeing this on retail shelves. Does having 256MB of memory cripple the fast GPU? We'll take a look after the technical specifications below: