Despite the recent spotlight (albeit deserved) on NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX, the graphics subsystem mainstay on many new gaming systems are often those from the previous generation. With the exception of the hardcore enthusiasts who would spare no expense, most consumers would balk at the prices of the latest generation cards. For these users who, when they do play games, do so at more 'reasonable' resolutions of 1024 x 768 for example, a modern mid-range card should be good enough. Therefore, today we take a break from the high-end mumbo jumbo and cast our eyes on the more affordable segment.
Even for mid-range cards, vendors have diversified their offerings so as to cater to the needs of different groups of users. One considerable group would be gamers, who are probably more demanding in their choice of cards and would be most interested in cards that give the most performance per dollar. Consequently, vendors have addressed this segment by having overclocked cards and attractive game bundles. Leadtek has its own answer: an Extreme version of its GeForce 6600 GT card that boasts of some very bold overclocked speeds. We shall see shortly if it lives up to its Extreme moniker.