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NVIDIA attacks: inexpensive Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH LX on GeForce FX5900

A new model from Leadtek that we obtained for our lab tests — WinFast A350 TDH LX — excited our keen interest due to its rather nice features at the relatively low price. Priced $100 less than usual FX5900 products, i.e. about $300 just has some slower memory, but the same 5900 GPU! Our tests indicated that overclocking can provide you speed comparable with GeForce FX5900 cards.

Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH LX has 128Mb of Hynix 256-bit 2.8ns (vs. 2.2ns of usual cards), GPU/memory clock speeds are 400/350 (700) MHz. Unlike most GeForce FX5900SE models with specially designed PCB, Leadtek decided to base its product on usual GeForce FX5900 circuit board, you can see this on photos.

As we´ve said in our previous reviews, Leadtek cards´ "armor" is not a very successful engineering solution. For example, such cards are not comfortable to install into DFI LanParty 875P because card´s cooling sets against an onboard capacitor. You can just bend it slightly, but this solution is not the best, I guess.

Initial situation

Capacitor bended

Before the review is out, I can say that Leadtek WinFast A350 TDH LX might become an interesting variant for buyers, as ATI has only Radeon 9800 in this segment that has lower clock speeds of both GPU, and memory comparing to 5900LX. Of course, I don´t mean Pixel Shaders 2.0 games where FX5900 loses much...

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