Leadtek WinFast GTX 280
The representative of the green camp comes in a rather small box, too. At least, it is small in comparison with some products from ASUS that are as large as a briefcase. The box is designed in white-and-orange colors like every other top-end product from Leadtek since GeForce 9800 GT.
The war robot on the face side of the box is just as trivial as the picture on Sapphire’s box, but it does attract the eye of the potential customer. The box offers as much information as Sapphire’s and correctly states the amount of memory available to 3D applications. The WinFast GTX 280 is a single-core solution and has 1024 megabytes of onboard memory. The contents of the box are fixed amidst pieces of soft foam-rubber that protect against any accidents during storage and transportation.
Besides the card proper, the box contains the following accessories:
- DVI-I → D-Sub adapter
- Mini-DIN → YPbPr/Composite adapter
- 1x4-pin Molex → 1x6-pin PCIe adapter
- 2x6-pin PCIe → 1x8-pin PCIe adapter
- Brief user’s manual
- CD disk with drivers and full user’s manual
- DVD disk with Neverwinter Nights 2 game
The accessories are far from gorgeous considering the product category the Leadtek WinFast GTX 280 belongs to. There are no such necessities as a DVI-I → HDMI adapter or a cable for connecting the sound card’s S/PDIF to the appropriate input on the graphics card. It’s strange that the manufacturer has disregarded HDMI in such a manner. This is one of the most important interfaces today, after all. It doesn’t matter then that the box does not contain software for playing high-definition video. The Sapphire HD 4850 X2 kit doesn’t include such software, either. The outdated version of PowerDVD cannot be counted in.
The adapter from two 6-pin PCIe into one 8-pin PCIe connector may turn to be unhandy. It takes two 6-pin connectors, but many PSUs have only two or even one such connector. You can make up for this by means of adapters from 4-pin Molex connectors, but the single included adapter may be not enough. Moreover, there is no good in assembling a garland of adapters because it would contain a lot of contacts creating additional resistance and reducing the overall reliability of the connection. Therefore the configuration of adapters offered by Sapphire looks better as it ensures problem-free connection of the card even if your PSU does not offer native PCI Express connectors at all.
Leadtek’s kit has one special advantage, though. It includes a copy of Neverwinter Nights 2. The game is not particularly new, but remains an etalon of the role-playing genre. Of course, it’s better to have a full game than beta versions such as offered by Sapphire with their card. Coupled with this game, the accessories to the Leadtek WinFast GTX 280 can be considered as good. Sapphire’s accessories were good, too. The two products are so far equals.